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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 Game Boy Game starts
NBA Jam Tournament Edition SEGA Saturn The match up with the computer selecting the Mavericks
NBA Jam Tournament Edition DOS Glen Rice goes for 3
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Genesis Ready...

Promo Images

NBA Jam Tournament Edition Magazine Advertisement
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Other Front
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Magazine Advertisement
NBA Jam Tournament Edition Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Hyperkinetic Basketball frenzy DOS Zovni (10623)
Very arcade DOS Roedie (5247)

Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Genesis Apr, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA Saturn Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun SNES Feb, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Retro Archives Jaguar Jun 13, 2021 17.5 out of 20 88
Video Games SEGA 32X May, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Dec, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA 32X Aug, 1995 83 out of 100 83
Just Games Retro Jaguar Mar 29, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com SEGA Saturn Mar 08, 2012 15 out of 20 75
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA Saturn Jan, 1996 7 out of 10 70


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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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