NHL SuperCard is now available, but I’ll stick with the real Zach Parise
It’s generally a pretty good day when a couple of my favorite things come together. Take, for example, hockey and video games. I love them both, making this my favorite time of the year. The 2015-16 NHL season is now under way, after all, leading to the release of plenty of hockey games for your platform of choice. But a card-battling game? That won’t exactly lead to a double-minor.
Yesterday, 2K unveiled NHL SuperCard, which they (without apology) call an “action-packed NHL collectible card battling game.” I don’t pretend to know a lot about card-battling games, but I’m pretty sure they’re supposed to feature a lot of scantily clad angels and elves and such, not European and Canadian dudes.
But the cover athlete of NHL SuperCard is Zach Parise—he of my Minnesota Wild, and he who opened the 2015-16 season with a hat trick to help the Wild get a furious comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Thankfully, he’s better at hockey than at obligatory promotional quotes, having pretended to say, “NHL SuperCard is the perfect mobile app to keep me close to the action whenever I’m on the go,. It’s an honor to be selected as the face of NHL SuperCard, and I look forward to helping share the excitement of NHL with hockey and gaming fans in a cool new way as we kick off the 2015 season.”
Okay, Zach. Sure.
But just because I don’t see the point of all this, that doesn’t mean you won’t.
NHL SuperCard challenges players to build teams comprising current and legendary NHL players, train them to their full potential, battle on the ice in exhibition games and test their luck in both season and rivals-based action. Featuring more than 450 cards in active play, with each card representing one of seven different rarity levels, NHL SuperCard offers a wealth of collectible content combined with extensive replay value. In addition, players may complement their gameplay experience by purchasing individual card packs.
Bonus points to the PR rep for the proper usage of “comprising.”
If you dig hockey and you dig collectible card-battling games, NHL SuperCard is available now for free (with in-app purchases, of course). If you prefer your hockey to have a little more action (or at least not depict trading cards skating around the arenas), I still say the best hockey video game available for iOS is Team Canada Table Hockey. I won’t hold it against you, however, if NHL 2K is more your style.