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NHL 96 was the first EA Sports game to feature Virtual Stadium technology, which resulted in a 3D feel and multiple camera angles. The NHL license ensures that real teams and players of the era are included, with a full league and playoff system. Many game options can be toggled - the infamous fighting is optional, as are the penalties and offsides. The control system makes it possible to execute one-touch passes, and several special trick moves to quickly advance the ball. As a bonus feature, it included Hockey Card profiles of every player on CD and interviews with the stars of the game.


NHL 96 DOS You can create your own players
NHL 96 DOS Options screen
NHL 96 SNES Attempting to get the ball
NHL 96 SNES On the attack

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Alternate Titles

  • "NHL Hockey 96" -- DOS in-game title
  • "NHL Hockey" -- US budget release title

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The best sportsgame ever!! DOS Rantanplan (1826)

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) DOS Oct, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Joypad SNES Oct, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Video Games SNES Sep, 1995 91 out of 100 91
PC Gamer DOS Dec, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Game Players SNES Oct, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun SNES Oct, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jan, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) DOS Nov, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Score DOS Oct, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) SNES Jan, 1996 3 out of 6 60


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  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Sports Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • Game Players
    • 1995 (Vol. 8, No. 13) - Best Genesis Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #18 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1996 - Best Sports Game in 1995
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