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Cover art for EA Sports' first Wii hockey game, "NHL Slap Shot"

Jul 29, 2010, 10:20 PM EST

Today seems to be an interesting one for video game news (I’ll provide some “NHL 11″ related nuggets later) for whatever reason. For those Wii-only owners who have been chomping at the bit for nhlslapshotcover.jpg

Wow, Wayne Gretzky looks so young in that photo. Boyish, even. Could it be the magic of Photoshop or the “Oil of Olay”-like effect of not being an NHL head coach anymore?

Either way, putting “The Great One” on the cover is a great way to attract a wider audience, which makes sense since the Wii is a system owned by a wide array of people. Everyone from Nintendo devotees/dorks to college girls to grandmas can enjoy the simplicity of the system’s control scheme, so planting the sport’s most recognizable figure on the cover is a wise choice.

The cover also features the game’s mini-hockey stick controller, which might be the most intriguing thing about “NHL Slap Shot.” Every time I’ve tried to play the other NHL-licensed Wii game (2K Sports’ “NHL 2K” series), it’s been a flailing failure. If EA nails the stick peripheral, it could be a real hit among video game loving hockey fans.

  1. Austin - Jul 29, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    EA is alrady making Wii games. This is the first one just for the Wii console.

  2. James O'Brien - Jul 29, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    I corrected it to say first Wii hockey game, which is what I meant.

  3. Josh - Jul 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    2k’s versions are pretty good, and while some of the features are frustrating, they pretty much made it easy. It’s hard for me after playing the Wii version of NHL2k to play against anyone on PS3 or 360. “Push this, hold that, tap this, push this way, pull that…” it’s too confusing. 2k was “pull back and swing for a slapshot,” passing was “hold ‘A’ and flick the remote to pass,” natural type controls. For 2k10 they added in the classic remote style too, so you didn’t have to learn how to wiggle the remote.
    I’m looking forward to EA’s attempt, if only for the minor leagues that will be available (AHL and CHL (wish the NCAA could have made it this year too)).

  4. greg - Aug 22, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    when does this come out?

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