NHL Slapshot

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NHL Slapshot
NHL Slapshot logo.png
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) September 7, 2010[1]
Genre(s) Sports (ice hockey)
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Distribution Wii Optical Disc

NHL Slapshot is EA Sports' first ice hockey video game on the Wii. The game was released on September 7, 2010.[1] It was the first game in the NHL series since NHL 2005 to receive an E rating, mainly because the game does not include fighting.

Game cover[edit]

Wayne Gretzky is the game's cover athlete, and also serves as the in-game coach for beginners. This marked the first time that the EA Sports NHL series featured a retired ice hockey player on the cover as well as Wayne Gretzky's first appearance on a cover of a video game since Gretzky NHL 2006.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

Reference: [2]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Full of Regret"   Danko Jones  
2. "Twilight Zone"   2 Unlimited  
3. "Strike It Up"   Black Box  
4. "Mama Taught Me Better"   Black Rebel Motorcycle Club  
5. "¡Olé!"   The Bouncing Souls  
6. "Sandstorm"   Darude  
7. "Shipping Up To Boston (Live)"   Dropkick Murphys  
8. "The Final Countdown"   Europe  
9. "Unstoppable"   Foxy Shazam  
10. "Blitzkrieg Bop"   Ramones  
11. "Howlin’ For You"   The Black Keys  

Features[edit]

  • Play Now: Contains the 30 NHL teams, 30 AHL teams, 60 CHL teams and coincidentally contains the top 10 national teams of the 2011 IIHF World Ranking (Russia, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Czech Republic, United States, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Slovakia).

Reference: [3]

  • Game Modes:
    • Peewee to Pros: Players are able to create their own 12-year-old hockey players or choose from a range of actual NHL players such as Wayne Gretzky, Alexander Ovechkin, Roberto Luongo, and Sidney Crosby. The player then progresses from the CHL and AHL up to the NHL.
    • Stanley Cup Final: Like the NHL series on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, players are able to "Battle for the Cup" in a 1, 3, 5, or 7 game series.
    • Season: Like the NHL series, Season mode is available as well. The player chooses from the 30 NHL teams and 30 AHL teams and try to win the Stanley Cup (NHL) or Calder Cup (AHL) by progressing.
    • Mini-games:
      • Free 4 All: Players can take on three friends and try to score the most goals.
      • 2v2 Mini Rink: Players play an NHL game with 2 players on the ice for each team instead of 5.
      • Shooter vs. Goalie: This mode allows a 1-on-1 battle involving two players. The shooter shoots from the blue line, while the goalie tries to block his shots.
      • Classic Shootout: Like NHL 11, this mode is a regular NHL shootout.

Hockey stick peripheral[edit]

The hockey stick peripheral for NHL Slapshot

A miniature hockey stick peripheral was released with the game, allowing (but not requiring) the player to insert the Wii Remote and its Nunchuk attachment and simulate playing with a real hockey stick.[1][4]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 77.38%[5]
Metacritic 76/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B[11]
Game Informer 7/10[10]
GameSpot 8.0/10[9]
GameTrailers 6.9/10[8]
GameZone 6.5/10[12]
IGN 8/10[7]
Nintendo World Report 8/10 [13]
X-Play 3/5 [14]

See also[edit]

  • NHL 11, another ice hockey video game by EA Sports, released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • NHL 2K11, another ice hockey video game, by 2K Sports for the Wii console

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Great One getting back in the game. Slam! Sports. [Retrieved 30 May 2010]. Canoe.ca.
  2. ^ Quinto, Alain. "NHL soundtracks deliver the pure authentic hockey experience". EA Sports. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  3. ^ "NHL Slapshot features". EA Sports. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  4. ^ EA Sports. "The great one Wayne Gretzky named cover athlete of all-new EA SPORTS NHL Slapshot" [press release]. 01 June 2010 [cited 03 June 2010].
  5. ^ "NHL Slapshot". GameRankings. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  6. ^ "NHL Slapshot". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  7. ^ Craig Harris (2010-08-30). "NHL Slapshot Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  8. ^ "NHL Slapshot: Reviews, Trailers, and Interviews". GameTrailers. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  9. ^ "NHL Slapshot Review for Wii". GameSpot. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  10. ^ "NHL Slapshot Review: Swimming In Its Skates". Game Informer. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  11. ^ "NHL Slapshot Review". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  12. ^ "NHL Slapshot review". GameZone. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  13. ^ "NHL Slapshot Review". Nintendo World Report. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  14. ^ Thomsen, Michael (2010-09-14). "NHL Slapshot Review for Wii". G4TV. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 

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