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Acclaim's added a few options for the home release that don't appear in the arcade version; for instance, during a special mode, randomly-appearing icons on the court give players temporary powerups, like turbo, 3-point accuracy and super dunking (and not just from half court this time, either; prepare to pull off slams from the opposite basket). Random, exciting elements like these keep the action lively and make NBA Jam Tournament Edition worth a few thousand replays.
The Video Game Critic
Capitalizing on the unbridled success of the first NBA Jam, Acclaim released this fine sequel which retains the gameplay of the original while spicing things up with interesting new options. Each team now has three players to choose from instead of two, and you can substitute between quarters. Tournament Edition's gameplay places more emphasis on defense, so you can expect to see more steals and blocked shots. The expanded options menu lets you customize more aspects of the game, as well as enabling "hot spots" on the floor (worth up to ten points), power-up icons, and a "juice mode" that speeds up the action to extreme levels. But the most valuable new addition is the inclusion of a much-need four-player mode. Statistics are now saved via battery backup instead of a long password. This is a worthy sequel, and fans of the original would be wise to pick this one up.
If you're a Jam fan, then you've been waiting all year for this version. Although short on the graphics and sound, this one has "Hoop, Hoop, Hooray" written all over it.
Fassen wir zusammen: Ein hervorragendes Original-NBA-Jam wurde durch das Hinzufügen spaßiger wie nützlicher Features nochmals so stark verbessert, daß es selbst für Besitzer des ersten Teils sehr interessant ist. Mit NBA Jam Tournament Edition hat Acclaim in Sachen Basketball deutlich die Nase vor der Konkurrenz. Auch, obwohl es sich hierbei „nur“ um Fun-Basketball handelt. Get it! Play it! Jam it!
The SNES version of Jam still has the slight edge over the Genesis in graphics, sound and gameplay (putting the Turbo button right under your index finger on the SNES pad sure beats the hell out of the Genesis control configuration).
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
The graphics are basically the same as the previous versions, with some new dunks and extra animations on defense. The SNES additional colors allow for sharper text, better digitized pictures and give the players a slightly more three-dimensional look on the court. There are plenty of new speech samples which sound good in both games, but hearing the new announcer saying "Boomshakalaka" is almost enough to make you plug in the original game.
NBA Jam Tournament Edition est à réserver à ceux qui ne possèdent pas le premier NBA Jam, tant il est semblable à la version précédente.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
This version features even more back-breakin' jams, improved sounds and stadium animations are noticeable and there are even more players from your favorite teams in the league. Now there are hot sports where you can score up to nine points. Play the tournament and see if you're good enough to take on the NBA champions: JAM JAM JAM!
NBA Jam est resté dans les mémoires pour ses graphismes, son gameplay mêlant fun et réalisme, ses dunks monumentaux et ses commentaires désopilants. Le mélange de ces ingrédients donne un plat délicieux, que vous pouvez déguster seul mais qui pourra tout aussi bien ravir vos invités au cours d'un repas particulièrement festif. Il ne nous reste plus qu'à espérer retrouver cette petite étincelle dans le prochain épisode de la série, annoncé sur Wii pour 2010.