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The Best Sports Games of All Time 

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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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Wii Sports is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
BenNicholson added Released: 2006 (Nintendo 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 ...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 Released: 1991 (Tecmo)
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
Released: 1987 (Nintendo 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 ...more

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NHL '94 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
nhl94halifax added Released: 1993 (EA Canada)
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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ESPN NFL 2K5 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Visual 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 ...more
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Madden NFL 07 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 2006 (EA Canada)
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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NBA Street is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
surag added Released: 2001 (EA Canada)
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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MVP Baseball 2005 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
muzziac added Released: 2005 (EA 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 ...more
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Madden NFL 2004 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added Released: 2003 (EA Tiburon)
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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NFL Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added Released: 2004 (EA 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. ...more
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Fight Night Round 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 2006 (EA 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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Madden NFL 08 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (EA 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 ...more

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NBA 2K13 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 2012 (Visual 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, ...more
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Mario Tennis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added Released: 2000 (Nintendo)
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 2K14 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 2013 (Visual 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; ...more
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FIFA 13 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 2012 (EA Canada)
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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Blades of Steel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 1988 (Konami)
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) 18 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 2009 (EA 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, ...more
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Wii Sports Resort is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
BenNicholson added Released: 2009 (Nintendo 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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Madden NFL 2005 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added Released: 2004 (EA Tiburon)
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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Tecmo Bowl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
muzziac added Released: 1990 (Tecmo)
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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Blitz: The League II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 2008 (Midway 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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FIFA 06 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (EA Canada)
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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Mario Strikers Charged ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
NoahEvans added Released: 2007 (Next Level Games)
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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WWF WrestleFest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
Released: 1991 (Technōs Japan)
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 ...more