First Video Game Ever Licensed by the NHL and it isn’t what you think!


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!


Even Wiki doesn’t acknowledge it!   Come on man!

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!


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


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:

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

NHL 14 is out now! yahooo

Out Now!  Buy now Mine should be waiting at my house when I get home… Love this time of year!  This is the only new game I will be buying all year… I can’t wait… I am even joining my friend Dave’s league… should be fun and I’m sure i’ll suck and be in last place but I will still enjoy it!

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