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An early competitor to the EA Sports NHL series, NHL Powerplay '96 features motion-captured players, an NHL Player’s Association license, a variety of managerial options, and the ability to play seasons and tournaments.

It is the first NHL game to include a World Tournament mode in which the NHL players can compete against each other on their respective national teams.

In a time where developers tried to get the most from 32-bit consoles, leading to the "unlimited camera angles" blurb on many games, NHL Powerplay stuck with the one most people used, the overhead "behind the goal" view, popularized by EA's NHL series - and it was one of first full 3D sports games on the market.


NHL Powerplay '96 SEGA Saturn Ingame - sort of bird's eye
NHL Powerplay '96 SEGA Saturn Game settings
NHL Powerplay '96 SEGA Saturn Setting up the style of play
NHL Powerplay '96 SEGA Saturn Ingame, the camera with a more distant view

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Alternate Titles

  • "NHL Powerplay" -- Saturn (PAL) cover title
  • "NHLパワープレイ'96" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Mean Machines SEGA Saturn Oct, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Aug, 1997 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Windows Sep 19, 1996 8.1 out of 10 81
Video Games PlayStation Aug, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Saturn May, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Edge SEGA Saturn May, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Oct, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score Windows Oct, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Aug, 1997 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 5.4 out of 10 54


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