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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 SNES Face-Off
NHL 96 SNES Celebration time
NHL 96 SNES Shoot!
NHL 96 SNES Title screen with scrolling credits in a box at the bottom

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Joypad Oct, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Super Power (Sweden) Nov, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Game Players Oct, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Consoles Plus Oct, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun Oct, 1995 88 out of 100 88
GamePro (US) Oct, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
Total! (Germany) 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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Tibes80 (1495) added NHL 96 (SNES) on Jan 05, 2003
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