Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 80
    An impressive and fun hockey experiment for Wii owners. Even the truly die-hard hockey fans will enjoy this immersive stick-in-the-hand experience, even if they're playing the "real" NHL 11 on the HD consoles.
  2. Sharp controls and an ingenious hockey-stick peripheral make NHL Slapshot a great arcade hockey game.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. While it's impossible to fairly compare NHL Slapshot to triple-A HD console hockey titles, this Wii game is a state-of-the-art effort in sports gaming for Nintendo's console, a system that is too often overlooked for proper treatment when it comes to pro-league licensed titles.
  6. To say I was surprised how well NHL Slapshot turned out is an understatement. I was really just expecting a Wii version of the NHL Arcade game released on the XBLA and PSN last year, but to see that EA put a lot of love and care into this game and made it a game all on its own, without feeling like a dumbed down version of the 360 and PS3 games was very welcome indeed.
  7. 75
    EA has succeeded in making a fun party game that's easy for players of all ages to pick up and enjoy thanks to its superior controls and fast pace.
  8. It has well rounded full game modes along with Play Now modes for when you want to sneak a quick game in or play with friends.
  9. We didn't expect a lot from NHL Slapshot, which may explain our delight at what we found. With the right audience, it's a superb hockey game with its own unique charm and "this is all about having fun" vibe. There ain't nothing wrong with that.
  10. NHL Slapshot does not, of course, offer the kind of depth or hockey authenticity you'll get from NHL 11 on the 360 or PS3. It's not meant to. This game is purely about flying up and down the ice, scoring goals, and putting the lumber on people. If that's what you're looking for, you're going to be satisfied.
  11. 80
    NHL Slapshot is a fantastic addition to the EA Sports lineup on Wii. Hopefully we will see it continue to evolve over the next few years and finally give Wii owners something to look forward to in the hockey arena.
  12. NHL Slapshot does a great job playing to the strengths of the Wii, which makes for an accessible experience and smooth on-ice action.
  13. 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]
  14. Oct 26, 2010
    82
    Veterans to the series who want their NHL game to be as realistic as possible will still want to go with the PS3 or 360 versions. But gamers who want a fun, faster paced version of the NHL, coupled with good use of motion controls, will definitely want to check out NHL Slapshot.
  15. NHL Slapshot is an awesome inaugural Wii hockey game for EA. It plays to the strengths of the system with fun, easily accessible, motion-based gameplay.
  16. 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.
  17. Just like Madden NFL 11 before it, NHL Slapshot is yet another example that great things can be accomplished on the Wii if the desire to deliver a faithful and respectful product is truly present. Of course, this won't make you buy it over NHL 11, but if you are a hockey fan and the latest games from 2K weren't what you truly wanted, this game is worth your attention.
  18. NHL Slapshot is a game that any sports loving fan who owns a Wii should try.
  19. An accessable hockey game with a smooth career mode that should appeal to the younger gamers.
  20. NHL Slapshot is fun, easy to get into, with just enough depth to keep all those who don't play NHL 11 interested.
  21. NHL Slapshot is easily the premier hockey game for Nintendo's little waggle box, and will provide hours of entertainment for stringent hockey nuts, young peewee gamers, and any level of hockey fan in between.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 13, 2011
    7
    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! 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 well..you 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 »