NHL 94 Mode Coming to NHL 14

By Michelle Balsan, 3 years ago
Sports games, as mentioned in previous articles, are a strange creature. They bombard us annually and, eventually, become sort of a blur, with us not really knowing what the difference is from year to year other than roster changes.

One game that bucked this trend is EA's classic NHL 94. Even if someone isn't a big sporting game player, chances are they fired up a Genesis and tried this one out. If you haven't, however, and are curious what the big deal is, then the upcoming NHL 14 will help you understand some of what the big deal is all about. How will it do that, you ask? With the introduction of an NHL 94 mode, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the title.

NHL 94 rink

In addition to the slapshot, which was introduced in NHL 94, the classic game mode will also include other NHL 94 staples, such as "blue ice, classic star-shaped player indicators, 16-bit arena powerbars, no adboards, and throwback organ music." The classic button controls also return, meaning you'll only need three buttons (Pass, Shoot, and Turbo) to do most of the work. The game mode will also have no penalties, no icing, and no offsides.

NHL 94 goal celebration

NHL 94 star indicators

If you care to see how the NHL 94 mode looks, then you're in luck, as EA has released a new gameplay trailer featuring just that info:

NHL 14, and its boxart featuring its newly-revealed cover athlete, releases September 10th in North America and September 13th worldwide.
Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.