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This is the first in the NBA in the Zone games, which is considered a true simulation of the NBA. There are 29 teams to choose from with a full compliment of rosters from the 1996 season and a plethora of offensive and defensive plays to use against their opponents with trick shots like behind-the-back passes, skyhooks, alley-oops, fade-away jumpers and of course the slam dunk.

There are, however, only five players from each team on the court at one time, similar to NBA Jam. The game also supports an advanced A.I. and is rendered in 3-D polygons. There are two modes to choose from, Exhibition and Playoff.


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Alternate Titles

  • "NBA Power Dunkers" -- Japanese title
  • "NBAパワーダンカーズ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Video Games & Computer Entertainment Dec, 1995 10 out of 10 100
GameFan Magazine Dec, 1995 91.5 out of 100 92
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1996 16.5 out of 20 82
Mega Fun Jan, 1996 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) Mar, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Video Games Feb, 1996 80 out of 100 80
Game Players Jan, 1996 75 out of 100 75
IGN Nov 25, 1996 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic May 10, 2005 C- 42


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Big John WV (27236) added NBA in the Zone (PlayStation) on Oct 17, 2008