Classic SPROTS video game review: Nagano Winter Olympics 98 for N64

It’s the Winter Olympics! Maybe you’ve heard of this quadrennial event, and perhaps even watched it on TV!

Well the fact that they are on-going inspired me to recall the greatness (at least how I remembered it from my childhood) that was Nagano Winter Olympics 98 on the Nintendo 64. Continue reading Classic SPROTS video game review: Nagano Winter Olympics 98 for N64

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Canadian Football 2017 Review

The controls are unresponsive, there are no gameplay modes beyond exhibition, the receivers couldn’t catch a cold in Edmonton in January, the controls are needlessly different from Madden, and there’s one damn music track that plays during every play selection screen. Continue reading Canadian Football 2017 Review

HOTSPROTSTAKES PODCAST 12: Playoffs!? Burger King’s new items, and bad sports video games

After a brief hiatus, we’re back with Episode 12 of the HOTSPROTSTAKES Podcast!
This week we’re talking opening round storylines from the NHL and NBA Playoffs, Burger King’s newest menu items, Mountain Dew getting patriotic with Dew-S-A, and terrible sports video games from the past. Continue reading HOTSPROTSTAKES PODCAST 12: Playoffs!? Burger King’s new items, and bad sports video games

Old School Video Game Review: Backbreaker

Backbreaker, an arcade-style football romp with no NFL licensing, promised a “real” football experience with a unique graphics engine and total team customization when it was released in 2009. The main selling point of the game was its unique physics engine, called “elation,” which promised uniquely different tackles on every play, something its then-competitors “Madden” and “Blitz: The League” (amongst others) were unable to offer at … Continue reading Old School Video Game Review: Backbreaker

Australian, Canadian football video games coming this summer

Ever since EA Sports’ Madden franchise bought the exclusive NFL rights, and the NCAA Football series had to shut down due to legal issues, there has been a big gap in football games on modern consoles.

Third party football games used to be rampant, the NFL 2k series was a lot of fun while it lasted, NFL Blitz hasn’t been made for years after trying to play without the NFL license, and even things like Mutant League Football were there to try and spice things up.

This summer, two new football games AFL (Aussie Rules) Evolution and Canadian Football 2017 aim to fill that void in different ways.

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Let’s remember MLB Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. on the N64

The Major League Baseball season starts Sunday, and what better way to get excited about the upcoming season that waxing nostalgic for some great MLB video games of the past.

Today, we start with the game that I probably played more than any other baseball game growing up, and the one MLB game I still own: MLB Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. on the Nintendo 64.

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