NHL '99


n64gm168 - Developed by Electronic Arts Canada and Published by Electronic Arts, Inc., "N.H.L. 99" was released for the Nintendo 64 (N64) Entertainment System on October 1, 1998. EA Sports is back with an improvident to their already great 3rd-person perspective award winning ice hockey game. This year there are all new N.H.L. roster updates of course, and it debuts the new Nashville Predators, and you can use their initial roster or use players acquired via an expansion draft. The game also features a new and expanded International mode that allows you to choose IIHF rules and rink size. The game is very configurable, as you can even disable most all of the rules, including icing, two-line passes, offsides and interference calls. In addition, you have the option to trade players and even construct your own players. Overall, the graphics are top notch and the enhanced motion capture results in better animated checks or hits and nice crisp and clear surroundings. With a higher polygon count the playing arena looks more realistic and detailed, with more discernible like the cool ice reflections. All of the players jerseys look sharp, as their faces were improved so that they blend more seamlessly into the patterns. The sound may be one of the most impressive things about the N64 version of NHL 99. It features almost a dozen high-quality digital song clips and rock music that, although not stereo, sounds simply amazing. Apart from the music, the in-game sound effects are in Dolby Surround Sound which may not sound like much, but makes all the difference in the world when it comes to atmosphere, ambience and gameplay. The sounds of a puck hitting, a player skating or a nice slapshot can make all the difference in the world. And the voices of play by play announcers Jim Hughson and Darryl Reaugh still liven up the hockey matches. The control and gameplay, already solid and quite comfortable in last year's version, got even better this year while still retaining the outstanding quality and gameplay of the original. The AI for computer generated players is more intelligent, and this shows up on both defense and offense. You now have the ability to use the deke and spin move that all the greats possessed. There are four difficulty modes, Beginners, Rookie, Pro and All-Star. For newbies to the game, NHL 99 now also features a beginner's mode where players can play without much impediments to learn the ropes and get used to the game without having to concern themselves with much penalties or distractions. In Rookie mode the game presents a lot of teachable moments. In Pro mode, the game really starts to get very difficult. In All-Star mode, the computer AI becomes a beast, tight checking, aggressive and takes no prisoners. With Eric Lindros on the cover art, NHL 99 Hockey holds up as well even by today's standards and has high replay value. I recommend this game to any fan of N.H.L. ice hockey. Pre-owned - Includes Game Only, no manual or instructions are included. Rarity Rating "D" - NHL 99 game review by "Prince" NES Gamer.

Product Details

  • UPC: 014633079104
  • Platform: Nintendo 64 Entertainment System (N64)
  • Region: NTSC (N. America)
  • Compatibility: Rumble Pak
  • ESRB Rating: "E" for Everyone
  • Genre: Sports / Ice Hockey
  • Class: Licensed
  • Condition: Pre-owned excellent condition

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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 20 June, 2015.

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