Excerpt: I was very pleased to see a reviewable copy of NHL Slapshot arrive from Electronic Arts (EA). I was not so pleased to try and figure out how to put the stick together. After a few attempts I got it together. I proceeded from there to put the game into the Family Friendly Gaming Wii, and get going. At this point I felt like a complete child because EA has a wonderful instructional video on how to put the stick together.
Simple sim of pro hockey with special Wii hockey stick.
Common Sense Media
11 March 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that NHL Slapshot is a simpler simulation of the National Hockey League than other hockey games. Players can guide a pro team through a full season, or compete in the career mode Peewee to the Pros. There is no fighting in this hockey game. IT can be played with friends.
Conclusion: to the fun, especially if you're under the age of 12 (or, in my case, over the age of 30). Taking a slapshot actually involves going through that same motion in real life. Snapping a wrist shot, same thing. While on defense, cross-checking works exactly like real life, or a virtual facsimile. Playing this way almost guarantees that you'll have to remain standing during a game.
Excerpt: While gamers on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 were enjoying EA Sports’ annual hockey mastery, those who call the Wii their console of choice were left out in the cold, so to speak. Sure, there were a few games released to help feed the need for virtual ice, but a quick look over the HD fence and Wii players could clearly see that the grass was indeed greener on the other side.
Excerpt: I had the chance to head to EA Canada last week to get a head start on my time with EA Sports first NHL title on the Wii called NHL Slapshot. After seeing this game at E3 in June of this year, it was a title that intrigued me given that EA Sports was finally bringing NHL to Nintendo’s home console.
Excerpt: It's only sometimes the case, but a peripheral really can enhance the gaming experience. In the case of EA's NHL Slapshot for the Wii, the enhancement is so amazing, EA will upsell you another one.