Seeing as video games killed the table hockey star*, why not incorporate video game imagery into table hockey? Player sprites from NES Ice Hockey or Blades of Steel or EA’s venerable NHL series could be turned into table hockey players (the flat 2D variety), creating a retro look for the ol’ table top.
The player sprites from NHL 94 (or any EA game from the 16-bit era) would probably be the most ideal for superimposing onto existing table hockey players. The sprites for NES Ice Hockey would probably need their own custom player shapes (as seen above).
I might have to tackle this fun idea one day. I just wish there was a proficient way of making DIY stickers, y’know?
*I don’t mean to brag, but I am of course referring to myself.
With the release of NHL ’14 only days away, I thought I’d make an alternate cover for the game in the style of NHL ’94, seeing as they included the much-hyped Legacy Mode this year. Feel free to print this sucker and place it into your copy.
I used the Genesis box art because the Super Nintendo version wouldn’t translate all that well to a contemporary game case. I omitted the legalese and I shrunk the ESRB Rating to match whatever rating system was on that Genesis cover. Other than that it looks like the real deal.
PS3 fans: If this cover proves to be popular I’ll make a PS3 one too (I’ll update this post). These game covers are a lot of work! Speaking of which, I learned that I hate writing copy. The folks who have to write the blurbs for physical media packaging are heroes.
If you like this please check out this NHL ’94 Chair Mat on my other blog.
UPDATE: The PS3 cover has now been added. Special thanks to Deviantartist AdrianThomassen92 for the template.