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Retro Sports Report #2 Ice Hockey NES

The Retro Sports Report is about highlighting the sports games that still hold up!

Ice Hockey NES (1988)

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A simple sports game at its finest. Ice Hockey has effective strategy by allowing you to customize your lineup of 4 players with small, medium and large sized players to choose from. Small guys are the fastest but get knocked down the easiest, large guys are the exact opposite, and of course medium guys are exactly in between. It may take you time to find which combination works best for you and that also may change over time or depend on who you are playing against.

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The other part of the game that allows you to control the difficulty is the Speed setting of 1 Р5 ,  at the highest setting (5) it makes even the large players move very quickly.

This came is great for highly competitive people who enjoy their retro gaming. The challenge of being able to control your goalie and the skaters at the same time provides fun gameplay for all ages and as everyone gets better raise the speed up and enjoy improving at a whole new pace.

This game is best played 1v1 but can be enjoyed solo, but hopefully only to practice for the next time you have a group around to play!

I rank games on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the game that is so great it will never actually be made.

Ice Hockey 7.5/10

 

I found out that I have a box variant today

I’ve never read about this one. So I may be the first person to mention it.

 

This is the 3 Screw version where Programmable is spelled correctly in the bottom corner.
This is the 3 Screw version where Programmable is spelled correctly in the bottom corner.

 

This is what I found on my copy after trying to remember what series these two were from, while talking to Mr. Crash Adams the night before.

 

Wrecking Crew is on the left and the world Programmable is mis-spelled with on M.
Wrecking Crew is on the left and the word Programmable is mis-spelled with on M.

 

Now there are 3 versions of this game already. There is the original print, which mine is, where originally instead of being sealed; the games had a black circle sticker holding the front lip down because there were hang tabs built in the box. That is the version I have. (Example reference photos)

Sticker seal is at the top of this Duck Hunt.
Sticker seal is at the top of this Duck Hunt.

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Donkey Kong has the hang tab. Just like my version of Wrecking Crew. There are other 5 screw releases with a different box that doesn’t have the hang tab, and also the 3 screw versions that weren’t in hang tab boxes either.

These are the differences between the carts. You need the 5 screw version.
These are the differences between the carts from 3 screw to 5 screw.

Now I’m not sure if anyone has ever noticed this. I haven’t ever seen it listed on anything. So, If it has been seen or named. I’m repeating it, but if it hasn’t I’m claiming it here on my website.

So, regardless some cool information for you collector’s out there that love variants.

Happy Hunting,
XO from The Brett.