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NBA Jam (SNES)

91
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall MobyScore (26 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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100
GamePro (US)
Even if it's not an exact translation, it's a good one - and the better of the two cartridge versions. Just be prepared to eat a little parquet now and then.
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Total! (Germany)
„Dunk“ Acclaim kommt nun jeder in den Genuß dieses phantastischen Spiels, ohne auch nur eine Mark in einen Automaten werfen zu müssen. Und das Beste ist, daß die SNES-Version dem großen Vorbild in nichts nachsteht. NBA Jam fürs SNES ist so atemberaubend spektakulär und spannend, daß wohl die Profis selbst einige Runden einlegen werden, um ihr „Können“ zu bestaunen. Buy it, play it, jam it!
92
Super Power (Sweden)
När detta spel konverterades till SNES var lyckan fullständig. Man kan fortfarande tappa sin värdighet, uppleva farten och dom coola samplingarna, för att inte tala om grafiken som nästan är identisk med arkadversionen, fast hemma i vardagsrummet. Synd bara att pluskan förblir tom (spelet kostar ju trots allt en hel del). De olika valmöjligheterna gör spelet ännu roligare, speciellt att man kan välja fyra spelare. Helt plötsligt sitter fyra idioter där i rummet och sliter och skriker. NBA Jam är ett toppenspel som förtjänar en plats i hyllan bland tidernas bästa sportspel.
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The Video Game Critic
NBA Jam does have a few minor flaws. The turbo is so plentiful that you can practically use it during the entire game, and blocking shots is nearly impossible. Non-dunking players such as John Stockton can slam, destroying what little realism there is. Lastly, the computer has the annoying habit of making full court, last second shots at the end of each half. Two marquee players represent each NBA team, and since the game was made during NBA's "golden age", you get many all-time greats like David Robinson, Karl Malone, Scotty Pippen, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, and Clyde Drexler (sorry, no Michael Jordan). Records are saved using a password system. NBA Jam enjoyed a string of sequels, and its frantic, smash-mouth style of play singlehandedly created a new genre of "extreme" sports games.
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Netjak
So, while I can't say, "Go out and buy a copy today!" cuz it's like, pretty damn old, I can say that this game changed the way I looked at basketball video games. Kudos to you, Midway. At least you did something right before you went and made Mortal Kombat.
91
Game Players
This sports cart has more action than most action games. It does everything right - and it does it with the blazing speed of an action playoff game.
90
Nintendo Life
With fast-paced, addictive gameplay, a catchy musical score and graphics that are still easy on the eyes today, NBA Jam has certainly aged well and, despite its tenuous connection with reality, stands as the definitive basketball game of its generation. Although there were many sequels that tweaked the formula with extra bells and whistles, none exceeded the original in core gameplay quality. Indeed, it is a testament to the excellent game design of this first release in the series that its developers and publishers were able to later repackage what was essentially the same game for years while making few, if any, changes.
90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Excuse the pun, but this game jams! This is one of the few sports title I actually like and I can't stop playing it. It takes a lot for me to like a sports game and Acclaim has produced one of the most addicting sports titles I have ever played. The awesome slams and virtual no-foul rules are a total laugh riot! The fact that you can have you own personal record is cool, too. Again, excuse the pun, but this game jams!
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1UP!
NBA Jam montrait tout simplement aux joueurs ce qu'ils étaient en droit d'attendre techniquement d'un jeu de sport sur consoles 16 bits. Quand on sait ce que la Super Nintendo a dans le ventre, on ne s'étonne pas que le résultat soit si peu éloigné de l'arcade. Par rapport à la version Mega Drive, le graphisme et surtout le son sont une marge au-dessus mais la jouabilité n'est pas aussi satisfaisante; les tirs à trois points par exemple ont un plus grand taux de réussite sur Sega. Cette cartouche-là étant réalisée par une autre équipe, on peut penser qu'Iguana aura préféré de son côté ajouter de l'iniquité à sa jouabilité pour gonfler artificiellement la difficulté. NBA Jam n'est pas le meilleur jeu de basket-ball, même en son temps il n'avait pas ce privilège, mais c'est probablement le plus facile d'accès et l'un des plus spectaculaires. Le fun est immédiat, c'est un succès garanti entre amis, à qui écrasera le plus gros dunk dans la face du voisin.