Sports games are a thin genre nowadays, with just one or two games for each sport on every console. That wasn’t always the case. In the days of the NES, Genesis and even the PlayStation, there were a ton of console sports games. That wasn’t to say every one was a hit though. Check out our list of sports games to avoid on your favorite retro consoles.

Wayne Gretzky Hockey (NES): This one has an NHL Players Association license and it tries, but Bethesda (Yes that Bethesda) was out of its element here. The game plods along and doesn’t hold the same ice as Ice Hockey or Blades of Steel.

Andre Agassi Tennis (GBA): Can’t have a tennis game with bad collision detection and this does.

Buster Douglas Boxing: A reskinned Japanese boxing title with a short-lived champion. This went wrong in so many ways.

NHL Stanley Cup: There’s fun to be had here if you can get adjusted to the view. However, it’s not easy.

Simpson’s Wrestling: One of the best ideas for a game ever, but it fails in nearly every way possible.

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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His book series, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers," from McFarland and Company, has earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the