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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.


NBA Jam SEGA CD Got three points
NBA Jam Game Gear It's a three-pointer!
NBA Jam SEGA CD Game on
NBA Jam SNES Ewing isn't coming down from there

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Alternate Titles

  • "NBAジャム" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) SNES Mar, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Feb, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Game Gear Apr, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Video Games SNES Feb, 1994 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Apr, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Play Time Game Gear Apr, 1994 82 out of 100 82 Genesis Oct 24, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Feb, 1994 7.6 out of 10 76
Play Time Game Boy Jan, 1995 65 out of 100 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Gear Apr, 1994 7 out of 12 58


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1001 Video Games

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


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.


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


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

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