Happy Birthday to the console version of Blades of Steel!

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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.

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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!

Happy Birthday Blades of Steel console version!
Brent
#uppercornerhockey

PS special thanks to Patrick Scott Patterson for the heads up on this one.  Please visit his website and follow him on all social media platforms. www.patrickscottpatterson.com




Happy Birthday to Nintendo’s Ice Hockey, first released in Japan on January 21, 1988

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Happy Birthday to Nintendo’s Ice Hockey, first released in Japan on January 21, 1988
I got this tidbit of information from Patrick Scott Paterson. Read full article  click here 

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:
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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

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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!

Brent
#uppercornerhockey

PS you can actually still get it for your NES