NHL 98

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NHL 98
Image:NHL 98 Coverart.png
Cover art featuring Peter Forsberg
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NHL series
Platform(s) SNES, Saturn, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Mega Drive/Genesis
Release Genesis
  • NA: 1997
  • NA: September 30, 1997
  • EU: 1997
  • NA: January 14, 1998
  • EU: 1998
  • NA: August 31, 1997
  • EU: October 1997
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • NA: December 1997
Genre(s) Sports - Ice Hockey Sim
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, multiplayer online

NHL 98 is an ice hockey video game developed by Electronic Arts Canada. It was released on August 31, 1997 and was the successor to NHL 97. It was the last installment of the NHL series to be released on 16-bit consoles or the Sega Saturn.


A match in a process between Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings.

NHL 98 took the NHL series ahead by introducing full national teams, although EA could not get the Nagano Olympic Tournament license due to lack of IIHF license, which Gremlin Interactive acquired. The Olympic hockey license itself was acquired by Midway Home Entertainment. Jim Hughson returns for play-by-play, this time joined by Daryl Reaugh, who provided color commentary. EA Sports also introduces 3Dfx Glide support for the first time in the NHL series. The SNES and the Genesis versions are the final games in the series to be released on 16-bit consoles. Despite his career ending injury, Vladimir Konstantinov was featured on the game. The Sega Saturn version also has Mario Lemieux in it. He retired at the end of the 1996–97 NHL season, yet was still included in the game.

Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 9.2/10
PSM 9/10[1]
Publication Award
PSM Starplayer


In the United States, the game's Windows version sold 134,714 copies during 1997.[2]

NHL 98 was a runner-up for Computer Gaming World's 1997 "Sports Game of the Year" award, which ultimately went to Baseball Mogul and CART Precision Racing (tie). The editors called NHL 98 "the latest and best [...] in EA's awesome action-oriented" series.[3]


  1. ^ NHL 98 review, Official UK PlayStation Magazine, Future Publishing issue 26, October 1997
  2. ^ Staff (April 1998). "How Did the PCG Award Winners Fare?". PC Gamer US. 5 (4): 45. 
  3. ^ Staff (March 1998). "CGW Presents The Best & Worst of 1997". Computer Gaming World (164): 74–77, 80, 84, 88, 89.