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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.


NBA Jam SEGA CD Team selection
NBA Jam Game Boy He's on fire!
NBA Jam Genesis Jumping for the first ball
NBA Jam SNES It's a rebound!

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NBA Jam Magazine Advertisement
NBA Jam Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)
NBA Jam Magazine Advertisement
NBA Jam Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "NBAジャム" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) SNES Mar, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Freak Genesis Mar, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Feb, 1994 36 out of 40 90
Megablast SNES Mar, 1994 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Apr, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Game Gear Mar, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jan, 1995 2.25 out of 6 75
Retro Archives Game Gear May 02, 2021 14.5 out of 20 72
Retro Archives Game Boy May 02, 2021 13.5 out of 20 68
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Feb, 1994 27 out of 40 68


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1001 Video Games

NBA Jam appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


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.


According to the magazine Retro Gamer, the arcade version made over one billion dollar during its first year.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • February 1994 (Issue 55) - Game of the Month (SNES version)
  • GameFan
    • Vol. 3, Iss. 1 - Best SNES Action/Arcade Game of the Year 1994

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