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NHL Hockey (Mega Drive)

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NHL Hockey
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Rob Hubbard
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] 704001



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).

Gameplay

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.

History

Legacy

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.

Production credits

  • 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

Promotional material

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GamePro (US) #25: "August 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)[2]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) 1992 Video Game Buyer's Guide (199x-xx-xx)[3]
  • GamePro (US) 16-bit Video Gaming: "February 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[4]
  • GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[5]
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №1993, p46[6]
96 №26, p26/27[7]
78 №3
Sega Mega Drive
86
Based on
3 reviews

Mega Drive, US
NHLHockey MD US Box.jpg
Cover
NHLHockey MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
NHL Hockey MD US Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 026.pdf, page 29
  2. File:SegaVisions US 07.pdf, page 62
  3. File:EGM US BuyersGuide 1992.pdf, page 8
  4. File:16BitVideoGaming US.pdf, page 100
  5. File:GamePro US 034.pdf, page 36
  6. File:EGM US BuyersGuide 1993.pdf, page 46
  7. File:GamePro US 026.pdf, page 28


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Golf
Zany Golf (1990) | PGA Tour Golf (1990) | PGA Tour Golf II (1992) | PGA Tour Golf III (1994) | PGA European Tour (1994) | PGA Tour 96 (1995) | PGA Tour 97 (1996)
Ice Hockey
NHL Hockey (Mega Drive) (1991) | NHLPA Hockey '93 (1992) | NHL Hockey '94 (1993) | Elitserien 95 (1994) | Mutant League Hockey (1994) | NHL 95 (1994) | Elitserien 96 (1995) | NHL 96 (1995) | NHL Hockey (Game Gear) (1995) | NHL 97 (Mega Drive) (1996) | NHL 97 (Saturn) (1996) | NHL 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | NHL 98 (Saturn) (1997)
Racing
Mario Andretti Racing (1994) | Andretti Racing (1996) | NASCAR 98 (1997)
Rugby
Rugby World Cup 1995 (1994) | Australian Rugby League (1995)
Soccer
FIFA International Soccer (8-bit) (1993) | FIFA International Soccer: Championship Edition (1994) | FIFA Soccer 95 (1994) | FIFA Soccer 96 (32X | Saturn) (1995) | FIFA Soccer 97 (Gold Edition) (1996) | FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Saturn) (1997)
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