The game had slightly improved graphics and better animation than the series' previous installments. A "skills competition" was introduced in this game that included accuracy shooting and hardest shot. This is also the first game where real-life sports announcer Jim Hughson does the in-game play-by-play. And it's the final game of EA's NHL series to be released in Europe on the Super Nintendo.
As in the real-world sport of hockey, the object is to score more goals than the opposing team to win the game.