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Best sports games on GamesNostalgia

In the world of gaming, sports games have always held a special place; they have not only entertained millions of fans worldwide but have also managed to revolutionize the gaming industry as a whole. These games have come a long way, evolving from simple 2D renditions to immersive experiences that bring the thrill of the stadium right into our living rooms.

At the beginning of the '80s, the first sports computer games appeared. Kevin Toms wrote the first Football Manager in 1982 for the ZX Spectrum. International Soccer in 1983 was one of the first soccer games for the Commodore 64, while David Crane developed the iconic The Activision Decathlon for the Atari 2600, later ported to Commodore 64 and many other platforms. The same year, One-on-One created a fantastic basketball experience on the Apple II. Anyway, Epyx "Games" series was one of the biggest sports hits in the '80s, with Summer Games, Winter Games, California Games, and other titles.

In 1989, Kick Off for the Amiga changed football simulations forever, with its innovative top-down view and a ball not "glued" to the players. This inspired Sensible Soccer in 1992, the game that stole the throne to Kick Off 2 as the most played soccer game, at least until Sensible World of Soccer was released in 1994. The Manager changed the perspective in 1991 as a pure managerial game. In 1992, the famous Championship Manager was released. It was the first of a long series that continued for many years; see for example, Championship Manager 97/98.

But it's not all about football (aka soccer). Wayne Gretzky Hockey in 1988 was the first successful hockey sim, while Links: The Challenge of Golf in 1990 made golf a popular game on computers. John Madden Football in 1989 started a long series of (American) football sims, a series that is still alive today. Cinemaware introduced a new way to present sports games with the TV Sports series, started with TV Sports: Football in 1988 and continued with TV Sports: Basketball and TV Sports: Boxing.

If you like rugby, don't miss World Class Rugby and especially Jonah Lomu Rugby, while for tennis, you should not miss Center Court 2 for the Amiga. For sure many other great titles are missing in this overview. Just browse the titles below and have fun!

Ultimate Soccer Manager dos

Ultimate Soccer Manager is a managerial soccer game developed and published by Impressions in 1995 for DOS and Amiga. It was designed by David Lester and Neal Sumsion. The game is ...

Year: 1995 Genre: Sports

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The Games: Winter Challenge dos

The Games: Winter Challenge is a sports game based on winter events at the Olympics developed by Mindspan and published by Accolade. It was released in 1991 for DOS and Genesis. There is a sequel called Summer Challenge as well.

Year: 1991 Genre: Sports

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WWF Wrestlemania dosamiga

WWF WrestleMania is a wrestling game created by Twilight originally for the Amiga and published by Ocean in 1991. The game, which was the first official WWF-licensed title for home...

Year: 1991 Genre: Brawler

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The Manager dosamiga

The Manager is a variant of Bundesliga Manager Professional published by Kron Simulation Software and by Software 2000 in 1991. It was released for Amiga and DOS. This version of T...

Year: 1991 Genre: Sports

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The Games: Summer Challenge dos

The Games: Summer Challenge is the warm weather sequel to The Games: Winter Challenge, and it was developed by MindSpan. Accolade published it in 1992 for DOS (Genesis in 1993). ...

Year: 1992 Genre: Sports

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Jonah Lomu Rugby dos

Jonah Lomu Rugby is a rugby video game developed by Rage Software and published by Codemasters in 1997 for DOS, Sega Saturn, and Playstation. Jonah Lomu Rugby was the first rugby i...

Year: 1998 Genre: Sports

licensed multiplayer rugby sports

PGA Tour Golf dosamiga

PGA Tour Golf is the first game of the popular series of golf sims. It was designed and developed by Lee Actor and Dennis Koble, the founders of Sterling Silver Software, and published for MS-DOS in 1990 by Electronic Arts.

Year: 1990 Genre: Sports

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On the Ball dosamiga

On the Ball is a soccer management sim created by Ascon and published in 1993 for the Amiga, including AGA models, and PC MS-DOS. The game, designed and programmed by Gerald Köhler, was initially released with the title Anstoss.

Year: 1993 Genre: Sports

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Fuzzy's World of Miniature Space Golf dos

Fuzzy's World of Miniature Space Golf is a wacky and colorful golf simulation developed by Pixel Painters and released in 1995. It was published as shareware for PC MS-DOS only. As...

Year: 1995 Genre: Sports

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Scudetto 97-98 dos

Scudetto 97-98 is the Italian version of Championship Manager 2, with team and player data updated for the 97/98 season. All text is localized to Italian. .

Year: 1997 Genre: Sports


Links 386 Pro dos

Links 386 Pro is the follow-up to Links: The Challenge of Golf and was developed and published by Access Software in 1992 for DOS. It was ported to Macintosh in 1994, and FM Towns and PC-98 in 1995.

Year: 1992 Genre: Sports

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Links: The Challenge of Golf dosamiga

Links: The Challenge of Golf is a golf simulation developed by Access Software and published for PC and Amiga in 1990. The game was the first title of a popular series of golf simu...

Year: 1990 Genre: Sports

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Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker dosamiga

Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker is a 3D snooker simulation developed by the famous programmer Archer MacLean. It was published by Virgin Games in 1991 for the Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, and PC.

Year: 1991 Genre: Sports

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Championship Manager 2: Italian Leagues 96/97 dos

Championship Manager 2: Italian Leagues 96/97 is un updated version of Championship Manager 2, the famous soccer management sim. This version allows you to play in the Italian Serie A and Serie B leagues of the Season 96/97.

Year: 1996 Genre: Sports

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