Friday, October 24, 2008
One of the scenes that still holds up in "Swingers."
ANYWAY, an idea hit me like a lightning bolt of enlightenment yesterday. EA Sports started a tradition of pumping about $10 extra per game into its pockets with Madden anniversary/premium editions and at least one of them included a classic version of the 16-bit games.
Considering that NHL '09 probably earns the title as "the other best hockey game of all-time" it would be a genius idea to include an emulation of NHL '94 when they release NHL 2010/'10.
EA needs to look no further than sites such as NHL 94.com to learn that there is still an active, rabid community that loves these games. Imagine going on X-Box Live or Playstation Network to teach some Swede the painful truth about wraparound goals? I'd gladly slap down $10 extra clams for that opportunity.
Naturally, there would be a few questions to answer. Would EA port the SEGA version or the SNES version (The Genesis copy held my heart, but Earl Sleek seems to think that the SNES version is the bees' knees. Psh.) My guess would be the SEGA one since Nintendo and Microsoft/Sony are in a blood feud at the moment.
The other big question is: would the game use the classic superhuman Jeremy Roenick rosters or the current rather human Jeremy Roenick rosters? The best guess would be the latter, in which case Alex Ovechkin and Jarome Iginla would be the spiritual pixelated successors to Roenick with their similar combination of high-end scoring and barbaric checking.
NOW HERE'S THE FUN PART.
If EA were brilliant enough to pack NHL '94 in with the game, it brings up an interesting philosophical question:
Whose head would you like to make bleed? Expect my list (and hopefully, the lists of others) to headline next week's Bertuzzday.