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NBA Jam

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Gear
...
2.1
Game Boy
...
3.5
SEGA CD
79
1.4
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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 Game Boy Playing defence
NBA Jam SNES NBA Jam is full of different looking dunks
NBA Jam SEGA CD Half time report
NBA Jam SNES Sacramento at Dallas in the first half

Alternate Titles

  • "NBAジャム" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

GamePro (US) Genesis Mar, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Power Unlimited Game Gear May, 1994 9.5 out of 10 95
Super Power (Sweden) SNES Dec, 1994 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic SNES Aug 26, 2004 A- 91
Game Players SNES Feb, 1994 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) Game Gear Mar, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Jan, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Game Boy Jan, 1995 73 out of 100 73
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Boy Jan, 1995 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Genesis 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

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