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Release year: 1988 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Nintendo EAD
Ice Hockey (NES)
Ice Hockey (AKA アイスホッケー Aisu Hokkē in Japan) is a multiplayer 2D sports video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1988. Score more points than the opponent by shooting the black puck into the opposing goal using a hockey stick!
The game has both 1-player (vs. computer) and 2-player options and starts off by having you select your team, your players, and the game’s speed and duration.
As opposed to real-life ice hockey where there are 6 members of a team, this game only has 5, including the goaltender. Also, whereas body type is not that important in real life, it is in this game.
That said, you’ll get to choose from the three kinds of players with different body types: the thin guy who is fast and good at face-offs but weak and frail, the normal guy who has average qualities, and the fat guy who is heavy, slow, and poor at face-offs but powerful in body checking and shooting. The power is yours to choose your own player combination as a game strategy.
The game rules are quite similar to the actual sport. It starts with a face-off in the middle of the ice rink and ends after three periods, with the team that has the most points being declared as the winner.
Ice Hockey’s 8-bit graphics are colorful and more detailed than that of the earlier NES games but, then again, HD is not really needed to enjoy this game. The little touches, such as your capability to choose your own combination of players, add up to its fun factor.
Furthermore, its music is quite catchy and it actually sounds nice, but there is an overuse of the sound effects. Still, that doesn’t affect the game’s enjoyment.
Overall, Ice Hockey for the NES is a fun game to play, especially if you can play it with a friend. Its simplistic appeal is actually one of its strengths – nothing too complicated or serious and just pure friendly competition.
Ice Hockey has been ported to Nintendo NES, and Virtual Console in 2006.