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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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149 98
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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Wii Sports is listed (or ranked) 3 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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150 101
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 4 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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80 60
MVP Baseball 2005 is listed (or ranked) 5 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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ESPN NFL 2K5 is listed (or ranked) 6 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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89 74
NBA Street is listed (or ranked) 7 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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29 17
Mario Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 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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72 61
NFL Street is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Madden NFL 07 is listed (or ranked) 10 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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47 41
Madden NFL 2004 is listed (or ranked) 11 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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42 36
Blades of Steel is listed (or ranked) 12 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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80 76
Fight Night Round 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 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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33 27
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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50 48
Wii Sports Resort is listed (or ranked) 16 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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50 48
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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Tecmo Bowl is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Xcite Bike is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Games of All Time
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Mario Strikers Charged is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
84 87
FIFA 13 is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Madden NFL 08 is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX is listed (or ranked) 23 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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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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Madden NFL 09 is listed (or ranked) 25 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