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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 SNES During intermissions, the game will flash up randomly generated scores from other action in the league, and even sometimes show you a highlight or two.
NHL '94 SNES A neat little easter egg for the hardcore hockey fans - get the San Jose Sharks on the power play in their own building and Jaws music will start playing while the fans do "The Chomp".
NHL '94 SNES EA Sports' fictitious personality Ron Barr gives you the goods on who's playing well and who needs to pick it up.
NHL '94 SNES If you think you have what it takes, you can go on a quest for Lord Stenley's coveted Cup.

Promo Images

NHL '94 Magazine Advertisement pp. 20-21

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

The greatest game ever made sprewell (2) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Oct, 1993 5 out of 5 100
The Video Game Critic Jun 04, 2000 A 100
Total! (Germany) Feb, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
The Retro Spirit Dec 18, 2013 5.5 out of 6 92
Video Games Jan, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Mega Fun Dec, 1993 90 out of 100 90 Apr 01, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Megablast Jun, 1994 80 out of 100 80
RetroGame Man Apr 04, 2016 8 out of 10 80
Link Cable Gaming Feb 08, 2018 6.8 out of 10 68


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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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Related Web Sites

  • "John Madden Hockey" (Read-Only Memory, 2015) (Detailed article about the influences of the John Madden football games on the creation of NHL '94. Article written by Blake J. Harris with illustrations by Eleanor Crow.)
  • (A comprehensive fansite entirely dedicated to NHL94)
Terok Nor (30532) added NHL '94 (SNES) on Jun 28, 2004
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