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NBA Jam (Genesis)

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Description

NBA Jam is a two-on-two basketball game You can play any NBA team, and you can play as players like Barkley, Starks, Pippen, and Grant. Each human player controls a single player, so choose your squad wisely to take team-mate skill into account. The game is action-oriented, and players can perform unrealistic slam-dunks. Full performance statistics are automatically recorded. The play clock and 3-point line apply, but other rules are largely overlooked.

Screenshots

NBA Jam Genesis Waiting near the middle line without a clear idea of what to do next...
NBA Jam Genesis Choosing players
NBA Jam Genesis About the only actual rule that is kept in this game :/
NBA Jam Genesis Bill Clinton in Chicago Bulls?!

Alternate Titles

  • "NBAジャム" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

GamePro (US) Mar, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Power Unlimited Feb, 1994 9.5 out of 10 95
Player One Mar, 1994 95 out of 100 95
Freak Mar, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Mega Fun Mar, 1994 85 out of 100 85
High Score Apr 13, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Sega-16.com Oct 24, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1994 7.6 out of 10 76
The Video Game Critic Nov 13, 1999 B- 67

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

NBA Jam appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Athletes

One of the game's major features is the NBA license and the real athletes. The arcade version became such a hit that several NBA athletes requested to be included in the game. Some of those requests were fulfilled and special versions were sent to a few select arcade owners. One of those athletes was Michael Jordan who actually was featured in a pre-release version but taken out because he left the NBA. According to Mark Turmell, Shaquille O'Neal actually bought two arcade cabinets; one for his home and one for his hotel rooms when traveling.

Easter egg rumor

Another famous thing about the original arcade version is the big number of easter eggs, including hidden athletes and a free Battlezone variant (arcade owners really didn't like that one!). The promotional material of the game included photos of cheerleaders, portrayed by Playboy models. So everyone searched for the hidden codes to unlock their models in the game... Kerri Hoskins was even pestered with phone calls at home.

Sega Master System port

A port of the game for the Sega Master System was developed, but never released.

Success

According to the magazine Retro Gamer, the arcade version made over one billion dollar during its first year.

Awards

  • GameFan
    • Vol. 3, Iss. 1 - Best SNES Action/Arcade Game of the Year 1994

Mullet of Death (604) added NBA Jam (Genesis) on Jun 06, 2002
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