Excerpt: NHL 2K9 is on the Nintendo Wii thanks to 2K Sports. This is one impressive hockey video game with a couple of minor issues. Those two issues are fighting ( a lot of hockey games like to include that ), and the lyrics to a lot of the music. Thankfully that music can be turned off in a couple of different ways. The use of the Wii Remote to play NHL 2K9 is one of the aspects of this game that makes it so impressive.
Conclusion: NHL 2K9 isn’t a bad game, but it doesn’t manage to stand out either. EA has done a fantastic job with their sports franchises on the Wii, providing fully fleshed-out experiences while taking advantage of the Wii’s capabilities and providing all the features that you’d expect from the game on another more “hardcore” console. Sadly, 2K Sports doesn’t seem to be taking the same approach to the Wii, and NHL 2K9 has a churned-out, back-for-more-next-year kind of feel.
Excerpt: With a copy of NHL 2K9 loaded up into my Wii console it was time to take a closer look at the first hockey game to come Nintendo’s innovative machine. This title includes all of the classic hockey gameplay you would expect from a sports title and some features that may interest a variety of players. From the 33 trophies you can earn throughout the game by completing certain tasks to the hockey trivia for the trivia connoisseur, this game has a lot to offer.
Conclusion: those thirsty man in the desert situations where a glass of water, even if it's kind of brown, will be consumed gladly. Besides featuring the standard Quick Game, Season, and Franchise modes, NHL 2K9 also features, Shootout, Mini-Rink (2-on-2) and Pond Hockey modes that provide an arcade experience when you just want to fool around. There are enough modes here to satisfy the more hardcore hockey fans out there, but it's a few Wii specific features that really make NHL...
Conclusion: It's really not a bad setup though, even if I generally sucked with it. I simply think the many different actions that can be done in hockey translated to greater complexity on Wii, when it feels more streamlined elsewhere. It begs me to believe that an All-Play approach like EA has done with their sports releases could be the best way to go.