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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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NHL '94 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
nhl94halifax added 1993 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 ...more

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Tecmo Super Bowl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
muzziac added 1991 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 ...more

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Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
1987 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 ...more

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Wii Sports is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
BenNicholson added 2006 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 ...more

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ESPN NFL 2K5 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2004 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 ...more

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MVP Baseball 2005 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
muzziac added 2005 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 ...more

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Mario Tennis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2000 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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NBA Street is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
surag added 2001 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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Madden NFL 07 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2006 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 ...more

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NFL Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2004 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. ...more

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Tecmo Bowl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
muzziac added 1990 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 ...more

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Fight Night Round 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2006 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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Madden NFL 2004 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2003 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 ...more

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NBA 2K14 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2013 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; ...more

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NBA 2K13 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2012 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, ...more

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Blades of Steel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
1988 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 ...more

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Fight Night Round 4 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2009 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, ...more

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Wii Sports Resort is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
BenNicholson added 2009 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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Madden NFL 2005 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2004 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 ...more

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Madden NFL 08 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2007 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 ...more

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Xcite Bike is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Xcite Bike

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Double Dribble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
1986 Double Dribble, known in Japan as Exciting Basket, was the second basketball arcade game developed and released in 1986 by Konami. It was the second basketball arcade game by Konami, following ...more

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FIFA 13 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2012 FIFA 13 is the 2012 edition of Electronic Arts' association football FIFA video game series. It was developed by EA Canada. A demo of the game was released on 11 September 2012; the demo teams ...more

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NHL Hitz 2002 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2001 NHL Hitz 2002, also known as NHL Hitz 20-02, is an arcade-style ice hockey video game released by Midway Games. It's the first game of the NHL Hitz series. Midway launched this game along with ...more

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Mario Strikers Charged is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2007 Mario Strikers Charged, known in Europe and Australia as Mario Strikers Charged Football, is a sports video game developed by Canadian developer Next Level Games and published by Nintendo for ...more

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NBA 2K16 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
AC_rockets56 added NBA 2K16 October 2015 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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MLB 14: The Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
MLB 14: The Show

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NBA Live 2004 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2003 NBA Live 2004 is the 2004 installment of the NBA Live video games series. The cover features Vince Carter as a member of the Toronto Raptors and in Spain copies of NBA Live 2004, it features ...more

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Madden NFL 09 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2008 Madden NFL 09 is an American football video game based on the NFL that was published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It is the 20th annual installment in the Madden NFL video game ...more

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Blitz: The League II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2008 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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NCAA March Madness 07 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Austin Clardy added 2007

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FIFA 06 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2005 FIFA 06, also known as FIFA Soccer 06, is a video game developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts based around the game of football. It was released in the United States on 4 ...more

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NFL Blitz 20-02 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2002 NFL Blitz 2002 is a 2001 sport video game.

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Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2000 Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX is a video game released in 2000 featuring Dave Mirra and other professional BMX riders. It was developed by Z-Axis Ltd. and published by Acclaim Entertainment under ...more

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
BenNicholson added 2005 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 is a golf video game in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series available for PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, Mobile phones, and PC. The game ...more

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Madden NFL 16 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
AlexKrejca added Madden NFL 16

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Def Jam Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2003 Def Jam Vendetta is a 2003 professional wrestling video game that combined hip hop with pro wrestling. It was released for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube. It was Electronic Arts' first attempt ...more

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Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2001 Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 is the 2001 successor to Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and was Developed by Z-Axis and Full Fat and published by Acclaim Entertainment under their Acclaim Max Sports label. ...more

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NHL Hitz 2003 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2002 NHL Hitz 2003, also known as NHL Hitz 20-03, is a hockey video game developed by Black Box Games and Exient Entertainment, and published by Midway Games. The game was released on the Xbox, ...more

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FIFA 08 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2007 FIFA 08 is the 2008 installment of EA Sports' series of football video games. Developed by EA Canada, it is published by Electronic Arts worldwide under the EA Sports label. It was released on ...more

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FIFA 07 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2006 FIFA 07 is the 2007 edition of EA Sports' series of football simulator video games. Developed by EA Canada, it is published by Electronic Arts. It was the last game in the FIFA series to be ...more

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Sega Superstars Tennis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2008 Sega Superstars Tennis is a tennis video game developed by Sumo Digital and published by Sega. The game was released on March 17, 2008 in Europe, on March 18, 2008 in North America, and on March ...more

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NHL 14 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
juliana. added NHL 14 2013

This game is by far the 2nd best Hockey Game of All-Time.

NHL 14 is an ice hockey video game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports. It is the 23rd installment of the NHL series and was released on September 10, 2013 in North America, and ...more

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Bases Loaded 4 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Bases Loaded 4 is the fourth installment for the Bases Loaded Series for the NES.

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1080° Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2003 1080° Avalanche, released in Japan as 1080° Silverstorm, is a snowboarding game for the GameCube, developed by Nintendo's in-house development studio, Nintendo Software Technology, and ...more

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Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Vol... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
2003 Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball is a beach volleyball game by Tecmo released in 2003 exclusively for the Xbox. The game is a departure from the rest of the Dead or Alive series which ...more

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NBA Live 2003 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added 2002 NBA Live 2003 was the 2003 installment of the NBA Live video games series. The cover features Jason Kidd as a member of the New Jersey Nets. The game was developed by EA Sports and released on ...more

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Beavis and Butt-head: Bunghole... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Beavis and Butt-head: Bunghole in One 1999

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Ken Griffey, Jr.'s Slugfest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
1999 Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest is a baseball game for the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color. It was released in 1999. It is a sequel to Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey, Jr., released for ...more

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NBA 07 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
BenNicholson added 2006 NBA 07 is a basketball video game which was released on September 26, 2006. The product features Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the cover, with his newly chosen jersey number of 24. It ...more