Mario Lemieux Hockey

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Mario Lemieux Hockey
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Mega-Tech
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Sports

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
1210
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[2][3]
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?






















Mario Lemieux Hockey is an ice hockey game released exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive. Reportedly the game was originally set to be titled Sega Ice Hockey for the European market. A Japanese version was planned (and was even dated for 21st February 1992[4]), but failed to materialise.

The game features an endorsement by Canadian hockey player Mario Lemieux, who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, it lacks an NHL license and does not have real players or teams. In the US, some versions of the game were distributed with "signed" hockey pucks.

Gameplay

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Gameplay

The game mostly follows the rules of NHL hockey, where two teams of five players compete in three periods of five minutes each. The game does not have an NHL license, so teams are modeled after NHL teams but lack names and logos.

There are two main modes. In Exhibition mode, a single player can play against the computer (choosing both teams) or another human player (controlling separate teams), or the player can opt to watch a demo where two computer-controlled teams play each other. In Tournament mode, sixteen teams compete for a championship title in Best of 3 series. It can be played with one or two players, and there is a password system for continuing.

Each team is rated on a number of categories: shooting, speed, power, defense, passing, and goalie. The player can choose the default skills for each team or balanced skills (where all the teams are comparable in strength) or progressive skills (where teams become progressively stronger in a tournament).

During a game, the player can bring up a stat book showing statistics for the current game with  START .

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Face-Off
The game starts with a face-off, where a player from each team fights for control of the puck. The player can be moved with the D-pad and can hit the puck with B.

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Defense
When the player's team does not have possession of the puck, the player skates with the D-pad and cycles control between team members with C. The active player has a circle around him. By default, the player has control of the player closest to the puck or the last player to have the puck. The active player can check a member of the opposing team with A, unless the player already has two team members in the penalty box. Checking an opponent knocks the player down, which can result in a penalty or a fight.

When the goalie has the puck, press B while holding in a direction with the D-pad to pass the puck to a player. Holding the puck for too long causes a Goalie Holding Puck penalty, which results in another face-off.

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Offense
When the player's team has possession of the puck, the player skates with the D-pad and switches control to another team member with C. The active player has a circle around him. The player shoots the puck with A while aiming with the D-pad. An indicator arrow appears to help line up the shot. Pressing A once shoots low and pressing A twice shoots the puck into the air.

The player passes the puck to a teammate with B while holding a direction with the D-pad; an opposing player can intercept the pass and take possession of the puck. By default, the player has control of the team member with the puck at all times, but manual control can be enabled in the game options. When using manual control, pressing B requests a pass from another player.

The player can rotate the lines as they become more tired. The status of the players is indicated in the corner of the screen; green is for fully rested, yellow is for somewhat rested, and red is for tired. A+B changes the offensive line, and B+C changes the defensive line.

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Fighting
Checking an opponent sometimes results in a fight. The player is moved with the D-pad, jabs with A, roundhouses with B, uppercuts with C, and does a low blow with A+B or B+C. Being hit reduces the player's energy; running out of energy loses the fight. The loser of the fight goes to the penalty box for 3 minutes.

The player can also choose Fight from the main menu, which can be played with one or two players or as a demo with two computer-controlled players.

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Shootout
If a game ends in a tie after three periods of play, the tie is resolved in a shootout competition. Both teams take turns shooting and defending. After both teams have shot five times, the team with the most points wins. If the teams are tied, they play another shootout.

When shooting, the player shoots with A while aiming with the D-pad. When controlling defending, the player moves the goalie with the D-pad and blocks with A.

The player can also choose to play a Shootout between any two teams from the main menu, which can be played with one or two players or as a demo with two computer-controlled players.

Teams

Conference Division Team Based on
Western Division 1 L.A. Los Angeles Kings
Vancouver Vancouver Canucks
Calgary Calgary Flames
Edmonton Edmonton Oilers
Division 2 Chicago Chicago Blackhawks
Minnesota Minnesota North Stars
St. Louis St. Louis Blues
Detroit Detroit Red Wings
Eastern Division 1 Montreal Montreal Canadiens
Hartford Hartford Whalers
Boston Boston Bruins
Buffalo Buffalo Sabres
Division 2 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Washington Capitals
New York New York Rangers or New York Islanders
New Jersey New Jersey Devils

Production credits

Source:
US manual[5]

Magazine articles

Main article: Mario Lemieux Hockey/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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FI advert (1992)
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)

Photo gallery

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[6]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
60
[7]
Consoles + (FR)
71
[8]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
71
[2]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
75
[9]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[10]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
76
[11]
Games-X (UK)
70
[12]
Génération 4 (FR)
93
[13]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
65
[14]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
79
[15]
Joystick (FR)
72
[16]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
79
[17]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
75
[18]
Mean Machines (UK)
76
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
76
[20]
Player One (FR)
65
[21]
Power Play (DE)
69
[22]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
76
[3]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
73
[23]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
73
[24]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
65
[25]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
64
[26]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
59
[27]
Video Games (DE)
69
[28]
Sega Mega Drive
71
Based on
25 reviews

Mario Lemieux Hockey

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Mario Lemieux Hockey MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (with puck)
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Cover
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Cart
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Cover
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Puck (front)
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Puck (back)
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, SE (rental)
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, CA
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Cover

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f664eb6c
MD5 84e09489bcf97ab325908e449bc9efc5
SHA-1 34cb9c26030c5a0e66dc7de3302bb50633e4dbb6
512kB 1991-09 Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 MegaTech, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-20), page 19
  2. 2.0 2.1 Computer & Video Games, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-15), page 62
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sega Power, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-02), page 38
  4. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1992" (JP; 1991-12-07), page 46
  5. File:Mario Lemieux Hockey MD US Manual.pdf, page 16
  6. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 124
  7. Aktueller Software Markt, "März 1992" (DE; 1992-02-14), page 123
  8. Consoles +, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 42
  9. Computer & Video Games, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-15), page 110
  10. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 330
  11. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 68
  12. Games-X, "2nd-8th January 1992" (UK; 1992-01-02), page 23
  13. Génération 4, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 130
  14. Game Zone, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-21), page 30
  15. Hobby Consolas, "Marzo 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 58
  16. Joystick, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 147
  17. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  18. MegaTech, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-20), page 31
  19. Mean Machines, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-27), page 56
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 139
  21. Player One, "Avril 1992" (FR; 1992-04-10), page 89
  22. Power Play, "3/92" (DE; 1992-02-12), page 135
  23. Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 66
  24. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  25. Sega Force, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-14), page 70
  26. Sega Mega Drive Review, "1" (RU; 1995-04-03), page 92
  27. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 109
  28. Video Games, "1/92" (DE; 1992-02-03), page 28


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