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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, the camera with a more distant view
NHL Powerplay '96 SEGA Saturn Game selection
NHL Powerplay '96 SEGA Saturn Title screen
NHL Powerplay '96 SEGA Saturn Ingame - sort of bird's eye

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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

Electric Playground SEGA Saturn Aug 27, 1996 10 out of 10 100
Joypad PlayStation Jul, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Aug, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Aug, 1997 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Windows Sep 19, 1996 8.1 out of 10 81
High Score Windows Oct, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Aug, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Oct, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games Windows Aug, 1996 B 75
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Aug, 1997 7 out of 10 70


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