Hit the Ice

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Hit the Ice
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): Taito System B
Developer(s) of original games: Williams Electronics Games, Taito
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$? 11096

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Hit the Ice is a 1990 arcade ice hockey game for Taito's B System arcade hardware by Williams Electronics Games. Aisystem Tokyo ported the game to the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, releasing it exclusively in the US.


Hit the Ice is an arcade-style hockey game in which two teams of three players (two attackers and one goalie) compete against each other. Most of the rules of the original sport are dropped, meaning the aim of the game is simply to hit the hockey puck into the opposition's net by any means necessary.

There are no licensed teams in Hit the Ice, just "Blues" and "Reds" (which in the Mega Drive version, is extended to eight different coloured teams). Punching opposition players during normal play is allowed.

Arcade sports games of this nature (where rules are sacrificed for violence) were very popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The basketball equivalent may be considered to be Arch Rivals or NBA Jam.

Magazine articles

Main article: Hit the Ice/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 039.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #39: "October 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

EGM US 041.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

VG&CE US 50.pdf

Print advert in VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #50: "March 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #44: "March 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[2]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #45: "April 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[3]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
68 №20, p104/105
68 №10, p40/41
36 №8, p57
31 №43, p44/45
42 №21, p67
50 №1, p56/57[4]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
6 reviews

Mega Drive, US
HittheIce MD US Box.jpg
HittheIce MD US Cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 85b23606
MD5 3029a8f36f18414a42e6b4812747dec9
SHA-1 d0eec70787362b415ffdcf09524e0e6cf0f9f910
512kB 1992-07 Cartridge (US)


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