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NHL Hockey (Genesis)

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Title Screen

NHL Hockey

Also known as: EA Hockey (EU), Pro Hockey (JP)
Developer: Park Place Productions
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: Genesis
Released in JP: November 20, 1992
Released in US: 1991
Released in EU: 1991

DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

NHL Hockey is the first installment in EA Sports' NHL series.

Exception Handler


If the game ever crashes, it'll display an exception handler at the top of the screen.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

Only the US version has an NHL license. As a result, the European (EA Hockey) and Japanese (Pro Hockey) versions use international teams instead, resulting in a multitude of changes:

Title Screen

NHL Hockey EA Hockey Pro Hockey
NHL Hockey Genesis Title.png EA Hockey Mega Drive Title.png Pro Hockey Mega Drive Title.png

The title screen background was altered outside of the US, with the European version having a fictional "EA Hockey League" logo in place of the NHL logo. The Japanese version has no logo in that spot.

Team Select Screen

NHL Hockey EA Hockey Pro Hockey
NHL Hockey Genesis Team Select.png EA Hockey Mega Drive Team Select.png Pro Hockey Mega Drive Team Select.png

As with the title screen, the European version replaces the NHL logo with the EA Hockey League logo. Strangely, the Japanese version does as well, despite not doing so on the title screen.

For whatever reason, "United Kingdom" and "United States" were changed to "England" and "USA" in the Japanese version. The text in the Japanese version is in all-caps, and the names of the majority of the settings changed.

Playoff Bracket

NHL Hockey EA Hockey/Pro Hockey
NHL Hockey Genesis Playoff Bracket.png EA Hockey Mega Drive Playoff Bracket.png

The Stanley Cup was changed to a generic trophy, for obvious reasons. The background and bracket colors are also different.

Stats Screen

NHL Hockey EA Hockey Pro Hockey
NHL Hockey Genesis Stats Screen.png EA Hockey Mega Drive Stats Screen.png Pro Hockey Mega Drive Stats Screen.png

The scoreboard in the background says "NHL Hockey" in the US version, and "EAHL Hockey" elsewhere. The names of some of the positions are different in the Japanese version.