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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!

Front Page Sports: Football Pro dos

Front Page Sports: Football Pro is a sports simulation game developed by Dynamix and published by Sierra On-Line. It was released in 1993 for MS-DOS. It's the sequel to Front Page ...

Year: 1993 Genre: Sports

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Player Manager 2 amigados

Player Manager 2 is a football management game created, developed, and published by Anco in 1995, initially for Amiga. The game was conceived by Steve Screech, a programmer and gra...

Year: 1995 Genre: Sports

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NHL 96 genesis

NHL 96 is a hockey simulation developed by High Score Productions and published by Electronic Arts in 1995 for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. It was also released for PC and SNES. It...

Year: 1995 Genre: Sports

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Super Baseball 2020 genesis

Super Baseball 2020 is a futuristic baseball game released initially on Arcade and Neo Geo platforms in 1991. It was then ported to Genesis/Mega Drive and SNES in 1993. The game was released in Japan by SNK Corporation.

Year: 1993 Genre: Sports

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John Madden Football amigagenesis

John Madden Football is a highly realistic American football simulation developed by Park Place Production and published by Electronic Arts. it was released in 1990 for the Mega Drive/Genesis and in 1992 for Amiga.

Year: 1990 Genre: Sports

2 players american football birds-eye view licensed sports

Premier Manager 3 amiga

Premier Manager 3 is a football management simulation game developed by Realms of Fantasy and published by Gremlin Interactive in 1994. It is the third installment in the Premier Manager series started in 1992.

Year: 1994 Genre: Sports

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Earl Weaver Baseball amiga

Earl Weaver Baseball is a baseball simulation released by Electronica Arts in 1987 for MS-DOS, then ported to Amiga, Macintosh, and Apple II. The developers, Mirage Graphics, worke...

Year: 1987 Genre: Sports

2 players baseball licensed sport management sports top-down

PGA European Tour genesisamiga

PGA European Tour is a golf simulation created by Polygames and released by Electronic Arts for SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive. The game, designed by Lee Actor and Dennis Koble, belongs t...

Year: 1994 Genre: Sports

hotseat multiplayer sports

Ski or Die amiga

Ski or Die is a classic computer game created by Electronic Arts and released for Commodore 64, MS-DOS, and Amiga in 1990. The game features a variety of extreme winter sports and ...

Year: 1990 Genre: Sports

2 players c64 original game competitive multiplayer ski sports stunts winter sports

Premier Manager 2 amiga

Premier Manager 2 is a football (soccer) management sim created by Gremlin Graphics and released in 1993 for the Amiga and MS-DOS. In 1994, it was also published for the Atari ST. ...

Year: 1993 Genre: Sports

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Archer Maclean's Pool amiga

Archer Maclean's Pool (also known as Billard Americain) is a 3D billiard game created by Archer Maclean for the Amiga in 1992. It was published by Virgin Games. Versions for MS-DOS and Atari ST were released too.

Year: 1992 Genre: Sports

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Championship Manager 03/04 windows

Championship Manager: Season 03/04 is an updated edition of Championship Manager 4, the famous soccer/football management sim. Eidos released it in November 2003 for Microsoft Windows only.

Year: 2003 Genre: Sports

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The Boss commodore-64

The Boss (called Champions! initially) is a soccer management sim created by Peaksoft in 1984 for the Commodore 64. It was later ported to Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, MSX, ZX Spectrum, and other 8-bit platforms.

Year: 1984 Genre: Sports

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Football Manager commodore-64amiga

The first revolutionary Football Manager was created by Addictive Games in 1982 for the ZX Spectrum and then ported to many other platforms. Kevin Toms created the first version of the game on a clone of the TRS-80.

Year: 1984 Genre: Sports

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