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2 hours ago, smozoma said:

Nice story, thanks for sharing it!

Can i ask how you found out about this site or what prompted you to search for it?

Just the ol' Google search for NHL 94 :)

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Hi folks!

Great to join the community. Have wanted to get involved for a couple years now. But it wasn’t until this summer that the stars finally aligned. 

I’ve only ever played ‘94 (and only on the original console and cartridge). However, tomorrow I’ll be playing a ROM for the first time as me and my brother introduce the game to my 6 year old nephew. 

Have decided to take my nephew directly to the 2018 ROM so that he can get to know today’s league and pick his own modern day team. 

Can’t wait to play again; learn how NHL 94 has evolved these last 25 years; and get to know this community. Am amazed by what has been accomplished. :)

Cheers!

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Was a ton of fun playing the game again with my brother tonight. It’s been about 20 years?!!

We were pretty rusty but got better fast. My little nephew had a blast. He got to play with his uncle and daddy. :) He also got better as the night progressed and started to score. 

I gave my nephew Boston since he likes super villains. My brother chose McJesus and his Oilers.  

 

A couple thoughts from playing NHL94 again:

• the game was far more pixelated than I remembered (it was a huge TV, though). But I got fairly used to it

• for whatever reason, I found the Naples 2018 ROM easier to get the hang of than the Skip ROM. Not sure what the actual difference is between the two other than 75% burst speed on Naples.

• regaining the ability to leverage the game’s subtleties and nuances were much tougher than expected. I didn’t score a single pass shot  

• I learned that I have zero motivation to play the original NHL 94 version, even though it’s what I grew up with. Am just really excited to play with the new team line ups and all the bug fixes and tweaks. We just kept passing on the opportunity to play the original  

• need to upgrade one of my controllers ASAP and figure out how to get the Y button working for immediate control of the goalie. A mapping issue, probably. 

• And ... I need to work on my defense. 

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8 hours ago, JesterKing said:

Was a ton of fun playing the game again with my brother tonight. It’s been about 20 years?!!

We were pretty rusty but got better fast. My little nephew had a blast. He got to play with his uncle and daddy. :) He also got better as the night progressed and started to score. 

I gave my nephew Boston since he likes super villains. My brother chose McJesus and his Oilers.  

 

A couple thoughts from playing NHL94 again:

• the game was far more pixelated than I remembered (it was a huge TV, though). But I got fairly used to it

• for whatever reason, I found the Naples 2018 ROM easier to get the hang of than the Skip ROM. Not sure what the actual difference is between the two other than 75% burst speed on Naples.

• regaining the ability to leverage the game’s subtleties and nuances were much tougher than expected. I didn’t score a single pass shot  

• I learned that I have zero motivation to play the original NHL 94 version, even though it’s what I grew up with. Am just really excited to play with the new team line ups and all the bug fixes and tweaks. We just kept passing on the opportunity to play the original  

• need to upgrade one of my controllers ASAP and figure out how to get the Y button working for immediate control of the goalie. A mapping issue, probably. 

• And ... I need to work on my defense. 

The original brings back such found memories.  I was a teenager when it first came out (damn, I'm old!) and remember playing against my brother and friends.  We had some heated matches!  It's fun reliving it now-a-days.

If memory serves, Naples builds his rom to be more like the 94 version in terms of allocating attributes a certain way.  It's a little more "true" to the original version.  He also used the sprite patch (which is a design patch, not performance), improved 3 star rating patch and the speed burst modification.  Skip's a bit more "up tempo" in how he rates players which, of course, affects how they perform on the ice and from what I gather, he uses player reputation as his guidelines.  Slapshot has assisted him with several design upgrades/updates and it always looks fanastic.  Both roms are good.  I don't think you can go wrong with either... it's all about what flavor you want...
Be sure to check out Skip's international tourney rom.  It's awesome!

If you nephew ever wants to learn more about NHL history, check out the historical roms by @CoachMac.  When I met him in NYC, we played some exis on his rom and it was a lot of fun.  He has a great approach to how he rates players and allocates attributes as well (you can do a search to learn more).  

Cheers!

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@JesterKing hope you stick around, bud. We always need new players, so spread the word if you think you know someone who'd like to play online or in a live tournament

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Thanks @clockwise. Am definitely hoping to stick around.

Right now we’re just playing with an Analogue Mega Sg and an Everdrive, so no online gaming yet.   

The next step will be running an emulator (Kega Fusion?) on the Raspberry Pi that we just ordered so that we can play NHL94-2018 online. I figure it will be a another month before that comes together.  

Am having a tough time beating my brother when he uses Nashville against my Blackhawks. My players are getting over powered. So I think I’m going to insist on playing with penalties. 

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@The Sauce, thanks for the rundown on the differences between Naples and Skip’s version of 2018. Super helpful. And I agree - their work is amazing. 

Can’t wait to see what they do for 2019. 

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