Stick handling through traffic has been made a lot more interesting thanks to the Wii MotionPlus.
Of course, you also have a wide range of options outside of multiplayer. Solo players can get into quick games, take on the entire NHL in season or franchise play, focus in on the Stanley Cup playoffs, or indulge in a range of gimmicks, such as four-on-four pond hockey, three-a-side shinny in a miniature rink, and shoot-out. An exclusive Wii mode is featured here as well: The Mii SuperSkills competition lets you take your Mii avatar onto the ice. It's a trifle, but it's kind of a cool to do things like clock your time skating around the ice by pumping the Wii Remote and Nunchuk up and down.
Even the visuals and sound are impressive. While you'll never confuse this game for its Xbox 360 and PS3 equivalents, the player models, faces, arenas, and animations are sharp and lifelike. You probably don't want to look too closely because the jagged lines and cardboard crowds aren't pretty from a tight vantage point, but the graphics are still awfully good. Audio has been stripped down somewhat because of console limitations, although not by much. Both Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda call games from the broadcast booth, and you even get ice-level updates from a guy hanging out between the player benches. Play-by-play has been reduced to point-form observations in place of longer anecdotes on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and this is actually a good thing. Brevity is a real virtue here because the commentary in this series as a whole leaves a lot to be desired. Finally, the indie pop soundtrack has been maintained, so you can groove to the likes of MGMT and Lupe Fiasco while cruising menus and waiting for the puck to drop between whistles.
If you want to play NHL 2K10, play it on the Wii. While the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game feature good arcade hockey for hanging out on the couch with friends, the Wii Remote controls bring a new dimension to play that ups the challenge and provides added realism.