5 Great Alternative Sports Titles For 8 & 16-bit Consoles

4. Hit the Ice (Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Turbografx 16, Taito 1990)

5 Great Alternative Sports Titles

Prior to the days of NBA Jam, American gaming company, Williams, released a Hockey game similar to Midway’s classic. 2 skaters and a goalie make up your team and it’s up to you to get the puck in the opposition’s net by any means necessary. Hack, slash, punch, and kick your way down the ice while avoiding obstacles such as broken beer bottles, octopi, and various other objects that any true hockey fan would have in their possession.

Taito was responsible for porting the Hit the Ice arcade game to consoles, and in my personal opinion, the Sega Genesis version seems to be the most faithful adaptation. Unfortunately, NES owners were left out in the cold as that version was scratched late in its development cycle, but not all was lost. A prototype cart had been found in Spain of all places, and thanks to modern technology, the rom is readily available to download and play on your favorite emulator (or Everdrive). This version is quite different than any other as it includes a “Quest” mode that blends in some creative role-playing elements. Whichever version you’re playing, make sure to grab a buddy and case of brews, and you’re sure to have a fun time.

Mike Vito has been a slave to gaming ever since playing his grandfather's Atari 2600. A collector of all things retro, his main focus is obtaining a full NES collection. Being a father has rekindled his spirit for Nintendo and he now spends most of his time teaching his daughter about the games of yesteryear. Check out his other work in Pat Contri’s Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the SNES Library. Follow him @veryevilash on Twitter Current favorite games: Air Zonk, NHL Hitz 2003, Castlevania Symphony of the Night, & Super Dodgeball.

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