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NBA Jam (SNES)

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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.

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NBA Jam SNES Half-Time Stats for the players
NBA Jam SNES A successful defense is important
NBA Jam SNES The game heats up...
NBA Jam SNES Misses the ball and it goes in

Alternate Titles

  • "NBAジャム" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

GamePro (US) Mar, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Total! (Germany) Mar, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
Super Power (Sweden) Dec, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Netjak Aug 15, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
Game Players Feb, 1994 91 out of 100 91
The Video Game Critic Aug 26, 2004 A- 91
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Oct 05, 2010 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Mega Fun Feb, 1994 88 out of 100 88
1UP! Jul 13, 2010 83 out of 100 83

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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 (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002
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