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The Best Sports Games of All Time

This is a list of the best sports games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated sports games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest sports games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these sports games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging sports games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new sports games.

Examples of games on this list: Mario Kart 64, Wii Sports and many more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best sports games?" and "What is the greatest sports game game of all time?"
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    BenNicholson added2006
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    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Wii Sports is a 2006 sports game developed and published by Nintendo as a launch title for the Wii video game console, and part of the Touch! Generations. The game was first released in North America  ...more
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    177
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    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    ESPN NFL 2K5 is an American football video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports and the Sega Corporation. It is a part of the NFL 2K series. The game was originally released  ...more
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    201
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    DeveloperNintendo Integrated Research & Development

    Punch-Out!!, originally released in North America as Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, is a boxing sports fighting video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) developed and published by Nintendo  ...more
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    #23 of 142 The Greatest Classic Video Game Theme Songs Ever#81 of 454 The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time#18 of 75 Hardest Video Games of All Time

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    muzziac added1991
    196
    130

    DeveloperTecmo

    Tecmo Super Bowl, is an American football video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System that was released in 1991. Developed by Japanese video game company Tecmo, it was the first sports video  ...more
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    nhl94halifax added1993
    164
    119

    DeveloperEA Canada, Electronic Arts, Park Place Productions

    NHL '94 is an ice hockey game by EA Sports for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super Nintendo and Sega CD, as well as the first release for the PC, simply titled "NHL Hockey", without the "94" in the  ...more
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    NoahEvans added2003
    109
    75

    DeveloperEA Tiburon, Budcat Creations

    Madden NFL 2004 is the 15th installment of the Madden NFL series of American football video games. Michael Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, is on the cover. New features in Madden 2004  ...more
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    surag addedJun 18 2001
    137
    103

    DeveloperEA Canada, Electronic Arts

    NBA Street is a basketball video game developed by EA Canada and was released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2 and in 2002 for the GameCube. It combines the talent and big names of the National  ...more
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    NoahEvans addedJan 14 2004
    105
    75

    DeveloperEA Tiburon

    NFL Street is an American football video game developed by EA Tiburon and published by Electronic Arts. It was originally released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube on January 13, 2004. The  ...more
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    muzziac addedFeb 22 2005
    122
    98

    DeveloperEA Canada

    MVP Baseball 2005 is a baseball video game developed and published by Electronic Arts. It features then-Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez on its cover. The game features full Major League  ...more
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    95
    72

    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    NBA 2k14 is a basketball video game that was developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It was released on October 1, 2013 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360; versions  ...more
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    NoahEvans added2004
    75
    52

    DeveloperEA Tiburon, Budcat Creations, Exient Entertainment

    Madden NFL 2005 is an American football video game that was released from August to November 2004. It features former Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis on the cover. Al Michaels and John  ...more
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    104
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    DeveloperEA Tiburon

    Madden NFL 08 is the 2008 edition of the American football video game series published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It is the 19th installment in the Madden NFL video game franchise. It  ...more
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    BenNicholson added2009
    92
    72

    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Wii Sports Resort is a sports video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console, and is the successor to Wii Sports. It is one of the first titles to require the Wii  ...more
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    NoahEvans added2000
    73
    53

    DeveloperNintendo, Camelot Software Planning

    Mario Tennis, known in Japan as Mario Tennis 64, is a 2000 sports video game developed by Camelot and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. The game was released in North  ...more
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    140
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    DeveloperEA Canada, HB Studios, EA Tiburon, Exient Entertainment

    Madden NFL 07 is the 2007 edition of the popular Madden NFL series. It is the first in the video game series to be released for the PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles and the last one to be released on  ...more
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    74
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    DeveloperEA Canada

    Fight Night Round 4 is a boxing video game developed by EA Sports. It is the sequel to Fight Night Round 3, released in 2006. It was released on June 25, 2009 in North America and on June 26, 2009 in  ...more
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    Oct 02 2012
    93
    89

    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    NBA 2K13 is a basketball video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It was released on October 2, 2012 in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3,  ...more
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    DeveloperEA Chicago

    Fight Night Round 3 is a boxing video game developed by EA Sports. It is the sequel to EA Sports' previous boxing title, Fight Night Round 2, which was released in 2005. Fight Night Round 3 was  ...more
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    AC_rockets56 addedOctober 2015
    52
    48

    Developer2k

    NBA 2k16 is the latest edition to the NBA 2k franchise with the new Livin Da Dream Story line for your my career and the my park and my team still looking great you will have a fun time with this game.
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    muzziac added1990
    57
    56

    DeveloperTecmo, Sculptured Software

    Tecmo Bowl is an American football arcade game developed and released by Tecmo in 1987. The game was both successful in the arcades, and as a 1989 port for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The NES  ...more
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    #146 of 172 The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time#1010 of 1,375 The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans#94 of 181 The Best Nintendo Games, Ranked

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    DeveloperMidway Games

    Blitz: The League II is an American football video game developed by the now-defunct Midway Games. as a part of its Blitz series. It was released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 13,  ...more
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    Dec 23 1988
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    DeveloperKonami

    Blades of Steel, later released in Japan as Konamic Ice Hockey, is an ice hockey video game released by Konami for North American arcades in 1987, and ported to the Family Computer Disk System and  ...more
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    Jan 01 1991
    34
    30

    DeveloperTechnōs Japan, THQ

    WWF WrestleFest is a professional wrestling arcade game released by Technōs in 1991, featuring stars of the World Wrestling Federation. The game was distributed by Technōs in Japan and North America  ...more
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    Seferin added2009
    10
    1

    DeveloperNext Level Games

    Punch-Out!! is a boxing video game developed by Next Level Games for the Wii and is the fifth main game in Nintendo's Punch-Out!! series following the SNES version of Super Punch-Out!!. Following an  ...more
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    Austin Clardy added2007
    29
    28

    DeveloperEA Canada

    NCAA March Madness 07 is the 2007 installment in the NCAA March Madness series. Former Gonzaga player Adam Morrison is featured on the cover.  ...more
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