In coming up with this week’s look back into video game history, I noted we are upon the anniversary of Nintendo 8-bit classic Ice Hockey, first released on January 21, 1988. That moment was followed by thoughts of how silly it would probably look to my kids today, despite how popular it was at the time. That led to deeper thoughts about sports games in general, and how little respect they get from many gamers today. Read more…
Probably one of my most cherished games as a kid and still now as a adult! The photo above isn’t the original copy I had when I was a kid. I picked this one up a few years ago at a retro video game store in Clifton NJ called Digital Press Videogames. This store is amazing in itself and if you are ever in the area I recommend stopping in and reliving some childhood memories. I picked it up CIB (complete in box) for $5.99. It was a bargain because when I first bought this game as a kid I think I paid $49.99 or more. This game was so far advance from what we before. Atari had Ice Hockey and Intellivision had Super Video Arcade hockey. See Photo below:
So when Nintendo’s NES came out with Ice Hockey. It was mind blowing for the time! Now it gets little to no respect but back in 1988 it was awesome! It soon lost it’s luster when the rival new game called Blades Of Steel hit the NES Console. See photo below
When Blades of Steel came out poor Ice Hockey took a back seat on my console but will forever have a place in my heart!
PS you can actually still get it for your NES