Ars technica writes: "There's a distinct advantage that comes with being one of a kind on a given system. Usually, having only one game to fill a given niche is rare, but that's a luxury that NHL 2K9 on the Wii enjoys. At present, there are no other true simulation-style hockey games on the system. Thankfully, the game is a good effort.
The true draw here is, of course, Wii control. 2K Sports has put forth a decent first effort with the Wii control, and much of what is implemented is good. As was true of the preview version, the shooting waggle is a little trite, but the rest of the motions-goalie control and fighting, most notably-work well for the most part. Only the checking motion, which requires a forward thrust with both the nunchuck and the Wii remote, feels awkward."