- For the Sega Game Gear game, see NHL Hockey (Game Gear).
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NHL Hockey is an ice hockey game for the Sega Mega Drive, released exclusively in North America in 1991. Other regions of the world would receive EA Hockey instead.
NHL Hockey on the Mega Drive follows in the footsteps of Electronic Arts' John Madden Football, being the first in what would become an annual tradition of the company launching North American licensed ice hockey games for home consoles. It was also the first game to use official NHL licensing since a 1979 NHL Hockey hockey game for the Intellivision.
EA have recycled the "NHL Hockey" name on several occasions, including a Sega Game Gear NHL Hockey (based on NHL 95) and a DOS version (based on NHL 96).
NHL Hockey takes a top-down approach to the sport, with a vertical rink that scrolls depending on where the puck is. It features all 24 NHL teams of the era and 500 players.
Like several of EA's Mega Drive sports games, NHL Hockey was a big success and led to a string of yearly sequels for the platform up to and including 1998. Virtually every 2D hockey game released by EA is thought to stem from this game, and many just consist of aesthetic and line-up changes.
The company was unable to obtain a full NHL license for its immediate successor, NHLPA Hockey '93, which although has officially licensed players, does not have officially licensed teams. Likewise EA Hockey (which uses unlicensed national teams) was sold outside of North America instead of this game.
- Team names and logos depicted are Officially Licensed Trademarks of the National Hockey League
- © NHL 1991
- Designed by: Scott Orr, Richard Hilleman, Michael Brook, Jim Simmons
- Developed by: Park Place Production Team
- Programmed by: Jim Simmons
- Graphics Design by: Brian O'Hara, Steve Quinn, Curt Toumanian
- Production Assistance by: Michael Knox, Troy Lyndon, Jim Haldy for Park Place Production Team
- Music and Sound by: Rob Hubbard
- Executive Producer: Richard Hilleman
- Produced by: Michael Brook
- Technical Director: Scott Cronce
- Assistant Producer: Ed Gwynn
- Special Thanks to: Mark Hughes and Scooter Hanson of the San Diego Gulls
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(US) #25: "August 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
- Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)
- Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) 1992 Video Game Buyer's Guide (199x-xx-xx)
- GamePro (US) 16-bit Video Gaming: "February 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
- GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
|Sega Retro Average
|| №1993, p46
|| №26, p26/27
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 026.pdf, page 29
- ↑ File:SegaVisions US 07.pdf, page 62
- ↑ File:EGM US BuyersGuide 1992.pdf, page 8
- ↑ File:16BitVideoGaming US.pdf, page 100
- ↑ File:GamePro US 034.pdf, page 36
- ↑ File:EGM US BuyersGuide 1993.pdf, page 46
- ↑ File:GamePro US 026.pdf, page 28