NHL 14 to feature NHL 94 Anniversary Mode

For many long-time sports gamers out there, EA’s NHL 94 for the Sega Genesis is still the pinnacle of console hockey games, or at the very least, it’s the most memorable.

Well to celebrate the 20th anniversary of NHL 94’s release, NHL 14 will feature an NHL 94 Anniversary Mode that will hopefully bring back the retro videogame hockey experience. The overhead perspective (as an option), the blue ice, the music and effects, the classic button controls, the star player indicators, the fights, and more.

Check out the trailer and some screenshots, and head on over to EA Sports’s blog to take a look at the developer diary with more insight.

NHL 14: NHL 94 Anniversary Gameplay trailer:
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NHL 14: NHL 94 Anniversary screens:

EA SPORTS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the most iconic title in the history of the NHL franchise with the inclusion of NHL 94 Anniversary Mode in NHL 14. Built using the NHL 14 game engine, NHL 94 Anniversary Mode takes uses classic button controls to deliver big goals, bigger hits and spectacular speed, taking fun to a whole new level. The mode also offers nods to its hockey video gaming roots through a retro presentation style including blue ice, classic star-shaped player indicators, organ music and a few more surprises. Recognized as one of the most popular games of its era and the title that put the NHL videogame franchise on the map, NHL 94 Anniversary Mode gives another generation of players a new way to play old school hockey.

NHL 14 is coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 10th, 2013.