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Two of the greatest icons of the Golden Age of the NBA match up in this game. On one side, the spectacular dunks of Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls; on the other, Larry Bird's incredible accuracy from the outside.

While Bird feels right home at the three-point contest, where five racks with five balls each are placed around the three-point arc and the player must pick each ball and throw in the the best timing possible to get as many points as possible during the 60 second window, only Jordan has the air-time to perform on the slam dunk contest, where the player has a number of dunks at his disposal, each requiring different timing to get the best score from all three attempts from the judges, and win the competition.

While they are two completely different players, they can still go one-on-one on a half-court match, played to points or with a time duration. Can Bird's stealing and outside shooting ability be a match to Jordan's speed and jumping abilities?


Jordan vs Bird: One on One Genesis Before the jump
Jordan vs Bird: One on One NES For threeeeee!
Jordan vs Bird: One on One Genesis Bird blocks a shot inside the paint.
Jordan vs Bird: One on One NES Choosing options for the full one-on-one game

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Alternate Titles

  • "ジョーダン VS バード ONE on ONE" -- Japanese Mega Drive spelling
  • "Jordan vs Bird: Super One on One" -- In-game Genesis title

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User Reviews

It’s better than an air ball, but definitely not a 3-pointer. DOS Roedie (5252)

Critic Reviews

Player One Genesis Jul, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Play Time Genesis Jun, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Player One Game Boy Sep, 1992 73 out of 100 73
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Feb, 1989 711 out of 1000 71
Video Games Genesis May, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Genesis Jun, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Super Power Game Boy Sep, 1992 69 out of 100 69
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Sep, 1989 2.5 out of 5 50 Genesis Jun 28, 2013 4 out of 10 40


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When you take a look at the audience, you'll notice the Bulls mascot on one side and the Celtics mascot on the other side.

Also in the audience: a guy dressed in white & red basketball clothes with the number 6 on his breast. Six was the number that Julius Erving (a.k.a. Dr. J) wore when he played with Philadelphia. Not a coincidence of course, because this game is a sequel of the game One-on-One.

Contributed to by Trixter (9122), PCGamer77 (3233), Josh Routhier (19) and Thomas T (230)