The first Video Game Ever Licensed by the NHL and it isn’t what you think! Yes it was this game back in 1980 made for the Intellivision by Mattel Electronics. If you don’t believe me… check the photo below of the back of the box. Photo Below!
This game to today’s standards sucked! LOL… But for an old fart like me… the graphics where mind blowing! This was Next Level hockey video game (for the time)! Sad to say right? Watch this random youtube video I found of the game play below!
This game will always have a place in my heart! I am so happy to have it in my hockey video game collection. I will do my best to save them all from the dumpsters across America!
When your daughter or son asks you “Daddy can we go make one of those hockey trick shot videos?” You drop whatever you are doing… right there and now! Playing Hockey with you daughter or son is something they will remember forever! Don’t even as a Hockey Mom or Dad pass up the opportunity to make great hockey memories… Even if it is just in your driveway =)
Happy Birthday to the console version of Blades of Steel, first released on the Nintendo Famicom on July 22, 1988. Thanks to PSP at www.patrickscottpatterson.com for the info!
Blades of Steel started as an arcade game! It used two track balls (for one and two player) to move your player up and down the the ice! Very innovative at the time! See the control panel below.
The Game’s stand out feature was the fight button! Once activated gave you a new screen with two players standing up ready to fight… arcade version down below and NES version was the first photo. Big difference in graphics but both shared some great game play memories!
This game then got ported over to the NES by Konami! I remember some parents not happy about the fighting feature in the game but this was way before the video game Rating system! It had some great box art work too as well! see below.
It also was on the original gameboy! It had a really cool feature where you could link up two gameboy handhelds to each other and play against one another… the bummer part was both gameboys had to have the blades of steel cart in to play! see artwork below.
I have tons of great memories playing both the arcade and the console game! It is definately in my top 5 hockey video games of all time! Something I must do for a future article!