Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
Buy On
  1. If you can put up with the lack of precision in the hockey stick peripheral and the shallow nature of the other game modes, NHL Slapshot's fun Peewee to Pro mode captures the spirit of hockey from the backyard ponds to the packed arenas in a way that should appeal to adults and children alike.
  2. NHL Slapshot is not meant to replace your copy of NHL 11, but rather act as an arcade counterpart that the younger generation of gamers should enjoy, or people like me who suck at every sports game imaginable, can actually pick up and play.
  3. Nintendo Power
    If you can pony up for the extra sticks (the game comes with just one), NHL Slapshot is best enjoyed by a group of friends who don't take their hockey too seriously. Hardcore fans of the sport will be better served by NHL 2K11. [Oct 2010, p.89]
  4. The unique controller is fun for a while, and if nothing else, it might inspire a few players to pick up the real thing. There's some novelty to the peewee experience, and the pared-down gameplay makes a lot of sacrifices, but hockey devotees will find little more than a passing diversion here.
  5. NHL Slapshot is a nice attempt by EA to capture a larger hockey audience for the Wii. It combines a solid core game with a unique controller that works pretty well for itself. The result is a hockey experience that isn't bad if you're looking for something a little different and a little more casual.
  6. An accessable hockey game with a smooth career mode that should appeal to the younger gamers.
  7. If the goal with NHL Slapshot was to create a fun hockey game for the family, EA made it. The game can entertain kids as well as devoted NHL fans. But be sure to play it with others.
  8. NHL Slapshot is fun, easy to get into, with just enough depth to keep all those who don't play NHL 11 interested.
  9. NHL Slapshot is a very different game from NHL 11, but it still manages to convey the fun of playing hockey. The bundeled stick doesn't offer a perfectly precise controll on the ice. Still, it feels unique to blast the puck in the back of the net with your own hands.
  10. 70
    NHL Slapshot is neither a graphical wonder or a gameplay marvel from the great hockey rink in the sky. Instead it's a solid and surprisingly focused round of arcade hockey with plenty of polish in all the right places. Die-hard hockey fans will want to stick with NHL 11, but for the rest of us, this is a great place to start.

Awards & Rankings

#83 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
#26 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 13, 2011
    Personally as a HUGE hockey fan i love this game. The games go by fast so if you don't have much time you can still fit in a few games! alsoPersonally as a HUGE hockey fan i love this game. The games go by fast so if you don't have much time you can still fit in a few games! also you can update the rosters to go along with real life rosters. As you may know you can play as the great one Wayne Gretzky. and no matter what team you put him on could turn a team from bad to good and from good to unbeatable. The only Problems i have with this game is how simple it is to score a goal. Any fast shot or awkward angle shot will 75% of the time go in the back of the net. Also the graphics aren't to cant tell Wayne Gretzky apart from Patrick Kane. And the dekeing is..just horrible! it rarely ever picks up the motion sensor. overall its a good game to pass the time. Full Review »