ICE HOCKEY
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アイスホッケー
©1988 Nintendo
Release: 1988-01-21 (¥2500)
DiskCard FMC-ICE
Sport / Ice Hockey game

American Version
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Released in America (Cartridge) as
ICE HOCKEY
( NES-HY-USA )

European Version
European Version
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Released in Europe (Cartridge) as
ICE HOCKEY
( NES-HY-XXX )
Ice Hockey is a cute ice Hockey game by Nintendo where up to two players can compete against each other in intense matches. The game offers them the ability to customize countless parameters of the gameplay. First of all each team counts five players (including a goalkeeper) and can be picked from six different countries. They include Japan, Usa, Poland, Canada, Russia and Czechoslovakia - it is however interesting to notice that Switzerland replaced Japan in the American version of the game. Three different types of teams can be also selected - thin, normal or big. Obviously, the first type is the fastest but the weakest and the last is the strongest but the slowest. Finally, our heavily padded players are defined from a set of parameters such as Sticking, Shot-Strength, Checking and Face Off. During the game, some subtle moves can be triggered - for instance by quickly pressing B, the player can fake a shot, but, if on the contrary, the B button is hold long enough, he will trigger a flip-shoot instead. Also, players can battle for the puck but the whole thing can quickly turn into a global fight. The game's speed and the time limit of each period (from 7, 10 or 15 minutes) can also be selected before a match.
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Teaser text from the American version:
Fast paced action at the drop of the puck! It's fast stakin' hip checkin' high scoring action. Lead your team into center ice, over the opponent's blue line. Pass over to the point and set-up for the tip in - Score! Choose a country for you and your opponent, select a level of play and face-off at center ice to become the top goal scorer in Nintendo's Ice Hockey. Get charged with a penalty and test your defense. Or attack on a power play and use your puck handling skills to catch your opponents off guard. Either way, you can become a superstar in the league of Nintendo Ice Hockey.


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Ice Hockey's overall look has aged a lot compared to games available on the market today... However, and this has always been Nintendo's greatest strength, the game's design and gameplay mechanics haven't aged a bit. Because of the simple but effective controls and the cartoony and childish design of the game, you may find yourself wasting a few hours actively teaching the computer how good you are at it. But Ice Hockey really shines in two players mode - this, of course, if you can find someone ready to waste his or her free time on a game that feels so "8-Bit", as some say. I'm not usually into sport games, but Nintendo has managed to create here a simple and effective little game that can easily eat up hours of your time in the blink of an eye...




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