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In Ultimate Basketball, the player can choose one of seven fictional teams that each have different skills such as having tight defense or a phenomenal passing game. Each team also has their own players who are given ratings on their quickness, shooting and defensive ability.

The point of view is horizontal for the most part. Occasionally, a close-up action scene is shown on plays such as slam dunks and free throws. There are also two different play modes, "Tournament" and "One Game." Players can play alone, against a friend, or with a friend against the computer. There is also a "Watch" mode where players can view games being played by the computer against itself.


Ultimate Basketball  NES Select your team.
Ultimate Basketball  NES Will it be good?
Ultimate Basketball  NES Game won
Ultimate Basketball  NES Shooting.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Taito Basketball" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

VideoGame May, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1990 32 out of 40 80
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
The Video Game Critic Aug 02, 2005 D 25 Dec, 2013 D- 16


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Alaka (80235) added Ultimate Basketball (NES) on May 06, 2008