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This game lets you play two-on-two arcade basketball with players from all the NBA teams. Gameplay is fast and action-packed, with few rules, no fouls, and deliberately unrealistic jamming. Players are rated on eight ability categories, from steals and blocks, to dunks and 3-pointers.

Up to four human players can take part, each always controlling a single player for their team, and AI for missing players. This allows for four players to face each other in teams of two, or for two players to team up against a third player with a CPU team-mate.

The Tournament Edition ups each team's roster to three players, and allows for substitutions between quarters. Shoving players now results in injuries, which lower a player's stats; encouraging you to sub them out and let them recover. Aside from the usual secret characters and cheat modes, the T.E. also includes four new additions you can individually enable from the special options menu:
  • "Hot Spots" are randomized zones on the court that reward extra points (up to a 9-point shot!) for making a basket while standing within them.

  • Powerup icons appear randomly, and convey temporary arcade-like benefits when picked up. Some examples are instant "on-fire," enhanced 3-point accuracy, monster dunks from anywhere on the court, or a bomb that knocks all other players to the ground.

  • "Juice Mode" increases the speed of the game up to 4x.

  • "Tournament Mode" disables all other modes, special characters, and cheats, and challenges you to defeat all the NBA teams to unlock extra players (2 extra players for almost every team). Winning Tournament Mode also unlocks a higher CPU difficulty level.


NBA Jam Tournament Edition DOS Webber grabs a rebound
NBA Jam Tournament Edition DOS Clarence Weatherspoon is flying
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Arcade Title Screen.
NBA Jam Tournament Edition SEGA 32X In practice mode you can play freely without opponents.

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Alternate Titles

  • "NBA Jam TE" -- Informal Name
  • "NBA JAMトーナメントエディション" -- Japanese Spelling

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User Reviews

Hyperkinetic Basketball frenzy DOS Zovni (10667)
Very arcade DOS Roedie (5288)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jaguar Apr 24, 2015 A- 91
Mega Fun SEGA 32X May, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Apr, 1995 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games Game Gear Mar, 1995 84 out of 100 84
PC Joker DOS Oct, 1995 81 out of 100 81 Genesis Jan 18, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Consoles Plus Game Boy Jun, 1995 79 out of 100 79
GameFan Magazine Jaguar Jan, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Mega Fun Game Gear Mar, 1995 64 out of 100 64
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jaguar Apr, 1996 6.3 out of 10 63


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  • Originally Acclaim wanted to add players from the Mortal Kombat game as hidden players, but they had to be removed because the NBA found them not suited to their image.
  • A legal issue prevented the name Michael Jordan making an appearance in the game. Look what Acclaim has done instead: Jordan's Bulls team-mate Ron Harper is the named player, but the picture is of Jordan.
  • Due to Charles Barkley's licensed game Shut up and Jam, he does not appear in the game

Version differences

  • The DOS, Jaguar, Playstation, and Sega Saturn versions of the game use a 3D scaling technique, the players are big when they're on the near side of the court (close to the camera) and smaller when they're on the far side of the court. The 16-bit versions of the game don't have this feature. The 16-bit releases also lack recognizable faces (during gameplay) and voice calls for every player name.
  • The rosters of the DOS, Genesis, and SNES version are based on the 1994-1995 season (small differences between versions exist due to trades that could / couldn't be included because of the different release dates).

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