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NHL '94

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After establishing themselves in the virtual rinks, EA combined both NHL and NHLPA licenses in NHL '94, allowing them to feature all 26 real teams (including both expansion teams) and players of the new NHL season for the first time in the series.

Aside from the licenses, the gameplay for this edition sees for the first time the inclusion of the devastating one-timer shot, but to keep forwards (literally) in check, defenders also feature harder body checks, with new animations. For an additional challenge, players can also choose to control the goalkeeper manually. A popular feature in previous editions, fighting is completely removed from the game. Game modes include exhibition games (or "regular season" in-game), playoffs (best of one or best of seven) and an all new shoot-out mode. The main options remain basically the same couple since the establishment of the series - period length (5, 10 or 20 minutes), line changes (off, manual or the new automatic mode) and penalties (off, on, on but no offsides).

While there are some minor differences between platforms (Genesis features record keeping for users and the MegaCD version has more stat screens, CD quality audio backdrops and the usual highlight clips here and there), only the PC version released at the same time features complete season action.


NHL '94 Genesis Main menu
NHL '94 SEGA CD Bit from intro FMV
NHL '94 SNES The game even includes a digital trading card of every player. Here's looking at you, Steve.
NHL '94 Genesis On the breakaway

Alternate Titles

  • "NHL Pro Hockey 94" -- Japanese SNES title
  • "NHL Hockey 94 " -- In-game title
  • "NHL Hockey '94" -- European title

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The greatest game ever made SNES sprewell (2)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic SNES Jun 04, 2000 A 100
GamePro (US) SNES Oct, 1993 5 out of 5 100
GamePro (US) Genesis Oct, 1993 5 out of 5 100
GamePro (US) SEGA CD May, 1994 5 out of 5 100
High Score Genesis Nov, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Sega Force Genesis Dec 09, 1993 96 out of 100 96
Mega Fun Genesis Oct, 1993 92 out of 100 92
Game Players Genesis Nov, 1993 91 out of 100 91 SNES Apr 01, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited SEGA CD Jun, 1994 8.5 out of 10 85


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NHL '94 is included in the PS2 version of NHL 06.


  • GamePro
    • February 1994 (Vol. 6, Issue 2) - Sports Game of the Year (1993 Editors' Choice Awards)
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