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User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 2.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 2.9
Overall User Score (10 votes) 3.0

Critic Reviews

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Just Games Retro (Sep 04, 2004)
In what represents perhaps the greatest meeting of black and white since Aerosmith and Run DMC recorded "Walk This Way," Jordan vs Bird offers the chance to play as one of the two 80's basketball heroes in a handful of b-ball related challenges. The highlight is, of course, a one-on-one match between the two. In reality, I would expect 80s Jordan to smite 80s Bird, but as far as the game is concerned, the two are on roughly equal footing. Some additional modes round the game out, and end up offering a surprisingly enjoyable game, for a short period of time.
Players must complete a set of different dunks with each one being triggered by shooting in specific locations on the court. Getting the timing and position on some of these can be quite frustrating. Worse, it’s just boring and not fun. Eventually learning and memorizing the sweet spots takes all of the “game” out of this mode. What is left is half a good game, as the shootout and two-player mode trump single-player and the slam dunk contest. Good for an occasional play.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 03, 2016)
periods end with no warning, even if the ball are still in the air. Additional modes include slam dunk and three-pointing shooting contests. Jordan vs. Bird is amusing to pull out on occasion, but it's more a novelty item than a basketball game.
NES Archives (Jun 05, 2001)
If you're a big Jordan or Bird fan this game will probably be pretty fun. If not you may want to try one of the other basketball games.
While there is no traditional basketball court play, you can play One on One or Slam Dunk, or shoot a little Three Point from a five location semi-circle around the basket. Or simply practice in the Warm Up modes. Take on a fellow "court magician" or play against the computer at different difficulty levels. A stats board keeps track of performance factors.
42 (Jun, 2012)
The computer – Bird or Jordan – is relentless in this game. I tried channeling my inner Bird (I am incredibly white), but I still couldn’t steal the ball or do much in the way of defense for the life of me. Was I disappointed? No, because I don’t care if I’m bad at basketball. I had a perfectly mediocre time playing Jordan Vs. Bird.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 20, 2003)
In other versions of the game, jumping under the hoop increased your chances of pulling down a rebound, but in this game the ball bounces so far off the rim that you're better off waiting on the outside. The penalty calling is a joke, with blocking calls that seem to be at random. How can you be called for a traveling violation while still in the air? And how could you be called for a charge while running away from your opponent? Last but not least, each period immediately ends when the clock expires - regardless of whether a shot is in the air. Can you imagine shooting the game-winning shot at the buzzer and never getting a chance to see it go in? That's the kind of basketball experience you'll get with Jordan Vs. Bird One on One.

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