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Blades of Steel (NES, Famicom Disk System)

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Title Screen

Blades of Steel

Also known as: Konamic Ice Hockey (JP)
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: NES, Famicom Disk System
Released in JP: July 22, 1988
Released in US: December 1988
Released in EU: November 23, 1990

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Regional Differences

The disk version of the game is majorly cut down in comparison to the cartridge release, losing practically everything that made the game so iconic in the west.

Title Screen

Japan US Europe
Rah rah rah Schwing 2 years after the US and Japanese releases

The disk version's title screen is much more detailed than the cartridge version, featuring an overhead view of a hockey rink with an animated crowd. (This is perhaps the only thing the FDS version has over the NES version.)

Additional Features

The following list of items are exclusive to the cartridge release, and are completely missing from the disk version:

  • Digitized voice samples
  • A fighting minigame
  • Penalty shots, incurred by fighting in front of the net, which recycle the minigame for tiebreaker shootouts
  • Two unique intermissions:
    • The first features a Gradius minigame, plus advertisements for Contra and Jackal
    • The second features an animation of a cartoon polar bear hitting a slapshot through a goal net


US Europe
What an exciting gameFantastic graphics, awesome music All your friends will want it

The European version of the game omits the aforementioned adverts for Contra (or rather Probotector) and Jackal (unreleased in Europe), and instead advertises... Blades of Steel.