NHL Slapshot

Common Sense Media says

Simple sim of pro hockey with special Wii hockey stick.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a pro hockey title minus the fighting. It shows the fun of playing on a team.

Positive role models

Players learn how hard hockey athletes work, from pee-wee leagues to the pros.

Ease of play

The game comes with a hockey stick peripheral that houses the Wii remote and nunchuk. Players shoot the puck as they would with a real hockey stick, flicking forward for wrist shots and winding up and firing for harder slapshots. Players pass with the A button and use the thumbstick at the top of the peripheral to move and direct their shots. On defense, players hold the stick vertically and push out for poke checks, while grabbing the stick sideways and thrusting forward executes body checks. The game includes several tutorials including a Basic and Advanced training modes. It offers multiplayer.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NHL Slapshot is a simpler simulation of the National Hockey League than other hockey games. Players can guide a pro team through a full season, or compete in the career mode Peewee to the Pros. There is no fighting in this hockey game. IT can be played with friends.

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What's it about?

NHL SLAPSHOT is a simple simulation of pro hockey featuring a hockey stick peripheral. Once players master the stick controls, they can opt to play 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 hockey games, take an NHL team and guide them to a Stanley Cup in Season mode, or participate in a variety of simple mini-games. There's also Peewee to Pros mode, where players can create a star, start them out in Peewee leagues, then advance to Bantam and Junior leagues before heading to the pros.

Is it any good?


NHL Slapshot is a great game for players seeking a more casual yet fun hockey title. The motion controls feature enough tutorials to make them easy to learn, and using the hockey stick peripheral feels pretty comfortable. Also, the game offers plenty of options for players ranging from full season modes with NHL teams to lighter mini-games. Although the game might not offer as much depth for the hardcore hockey fan wanting a complete sports simulation, it's still exciting to play, particularly with friends.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game compares to real-world professional hockey?

  • Unlike other versions of hockey games, this one doesn't have fighting. What do you think the impact of violence is on kids playing violent video games. Did you like this one better?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:September 7, 2010
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 9 years old April 23, 2014


Players can get injured or get checked badly, but overall I think It is a good game for kids.
Kid, 10 years old July 28, 2012

nhl slapshot

I think that this is a really fun game and all but when I played when you body chek the opponent in the game ether flips over or smashes in the bord and you can swith modes to inger mode the player can get really hurt. but ther is no blood.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old January 6, 2012

i am best at this video game and stuff

it is the best wii video game besides halo. it is fun i am the best


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