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8:30 AM on 09.30.2013

Conspiracy! NBA Jam designer nerfed Bulls late game shots

If you've ever had some bogus shenanigans go down in a sports game -- maybe Mark Sanchez threw a pass to the intended receiver instead of an opposing DB or Matt Cain missed his change-up location -- I'm here to tell you now a...

Steven Hansen


1:00 AM on 10.03.2011

Watch Team SSX in NBA Jam: On Fire Edition shooting hoops

As if these SSX snowboarders didn't have enough to brag about already with their outrageous, death-defying stunts, ScrewAttack has gotten exclusive gameplay footage of these snowboarders playing basketball&nbs...

Harry Monogenis

3:45 PM on 08.28.2011

HAWP: Baby's ruinin' my hoop dreamz

Here's a brand new Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? that was revealed during PAX. It's about NBA Jam, and... ... Uhhh... know what? *wipes hands* I'm not touchin' this one. HAWP: NBA Jam [GameTrailers]

Tony Ponce



Preview: NBA JAM: On Fire Edition photo
Preview: NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
by Steven Hansen

I’m all for acrade-like sports games, but I only have vague memories of playing NBA Jam and I skipped last year’s franchise reboot.

Getting my hands on NBA JAM: On Fire Edition at EA’s Summer Showcase was an interesting foray back into the realm of arcade sport games, and about what I expected from the game -- easy to pick up and play, over the top gameplay and a heck of a lot of silly, giant heads.

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11:30 PM on 04.22.2011

New Destructoid Episode: NBAs, SDKs, and Project Cafes

Hey guys, we’re back with another embarrassing attempt at journalistic integrity with a very special Earth Day episode of The Destructoid Show. Where we uh... Save the whales or something. We discuss the week’s t...

Max Scoville

9:40 AM on 04.22.2011

NBA Jam for iPad is on the App Store

My friend has an NBA Jam arcade machine in his garage, which is cool and all, but it smells in there. It smells like garage and gym equipment. It also gets really hot in the summer. Wouldn't you rather be in the pool, iPad in...

Dale North

4:50 PM on 04.05.2011

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition this Fall, new NBA in 2012

EA has announced that NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will hit PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade this October. The new downloadable game will feature many enhancements like the addition of Fight Night's "Real AI," a 'JAM Aren...

Maurice Tan

6:00 AM on 11.16.2010

The features of NBA Jam on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

This video EA sent us gives a rundown of pretty much every feature you'll find in the upcoming NBA Jam for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Modes and campaigns, couch play and online, HD graphics, so on and so forth are laid...

Conrad Zimmerman



Review: NBA Jam (Wii) photo
Review: NBA Jam (Wii)
by Nick Chester

With almost no desire to watch or participate in sports as a child, it was a dusty arcade machine in a low-rent video store that let me experience the rush of sinking my first three-pointer. The game was Midway’s basketball game, NBA Jam, and the year was 1993. I was just entering high school, having avoided sports for some 14 years in favor of defeating master robots, rescuing princesses, and memorizing Cannibal Corpse lyrics. But there was no avoiding NBA Jam.

The hook was that the game was so flashy and so garish, with its big-headed characters models and hyperactive announcer, you simply couldn’t ignore it. It’s a game that also managed to boil down some of the most exciting aspects of the sport -- the speed, the neck-and-neck scores as the clock runs down, the over-the-top showmanship of dunks -- and crammed it into an easy to digest experience, even for the sports illiterate. Oh, and it was a hell of a lot of fun to play.

17 years later, the former arcade giant Midway has shuttered its doors and Electronic Arts has swooped in to bring the classic arcade basketball game back from the dead. It’s NBA Jam for the Wii, and in most ways (for better or for worse), the thrills are exactly as you remember them.

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9:00 AM on 10.05.2010

Obama, Palin, the Beastie Boys, and more in NBA Jam

An NBA Jam without hidden characters? Nonsense! The Wii version of NBA Jam, which hits stores today, continues the tradition Midway started back in 90s, with a number of familiar faces. I've been playing the game for review, ...

Nick Chester

11:00 PM on 10.03.2010

NBA Jam on PS3 and 360 'trying to get it all in there'

This whole NBA Elite 11 debacle is certainly all over the place. Not only has it pretty much pointed towards EA not releasing a stalwart of their gaming line-up and losing a ton of money, but it's totally messed with NBA Jam ...

Matthew Razak







NBA Elite 11 delayed, standalone NBA Jam HD coming soon photo
NBA Elite 11 delayed, standalone NBA Jam HD coming soon
by Samit Sarkar

In an unprecedented move, EA Sports has delayed indefinitely the release of NBA Elite 11, the reboot of its simulation basketball franchise formerly known as NBA Live. The game was originally scheduled to launch on October 5th, a week from tomorrow. In a statement posted earlier today on his blog, EA Sports president Peter Moore said that Elite is "not yet ready," citing the "extremely ambitious goals" that the publisher had for the game, as well as a desire to "keep working until we're certain we can deliver a breakthrough basketball experience."

Moore also acknowledged the poor showing of the game's demo, which included this now-infamous "Jesus" glitch featuring Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum:

As with all of our titles, we continue to evaluate and improve the code right up until launch. Feedback from consumers is a very important part of the process. NBA ELITE had the benefit of play-testing, a demo and a lot of our own research. All that feedback revealed some concerns about gameplay polish, so we’ve listened to your feedback, and made a judgment that the game would benefit from more time in development.

Since EA won't be launching a simulation basketball game next Tuesday against its competitor, 2K Sports' NBA 2K11, they'll be providing full support for last year's game, NBA Live 10, throughout the 2010–11 NBA season for free. This includes roster updates and daily Dynamic DNA updates.

EA Sports is still releasing NBA Jam on the Wii next week, and in a silver lining to the dark Elite cloud, the HD version of the game that was only going to be available as a pack-in with Elite will now be sold separately for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 "in time for the holidays." Moore did not mention a price point, and it's not clear if the standalone HD-console releases will be sold digitally or at retail. And since NBA Jam is coming out on PS3/360 by itself, I'm also wondering if the HD version will still be a scaled-back version of the Wii game.

As bad of a PR move as this delay might seem, it's much smarter to at least attempt to bring Elite up to snuff instead of knowingly shipping a game that's sure to get slammed, especially with EA trying to start anew with Elite after disappointing sales of Live. I can't remember the last time an annual sports release missed its launch (traditionally scheduled for three to four weeks prior to the start of the respective sport's regular season), but the 2010–11 NBA season will begin on October 26, 2010, so let's see if three weeks is enough extra time in the oven for NBA Elite 11.

NBA ELITE Delayed; NBA JAM Ships on Wii Next Week, Xbox 360 and PS3 Coming Before Holidays [Peter Moore's Blog]

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Bringing the boom shaka laka with NBA Jam photo
Bringing the boom shaka laka with NBA Jam
by Ben Perlee

NBA Jam is the lost basketball game for a whole generation. Born in the arcades, this legendary title was the very first basketball game to properly recreate the likenesses of the players we grew up and loved. With insane commentary and an entirely enjoyable 2v2 set-up, NBA Jam didn’t recreate basketball, but boiled it down to its most fun. In the years since, NBA Jam has been a game that has been copied and revered, but never remade. Which is a shame considering.

As Trey Smith, the producer for NBA Jam said, this game is basketball for gamers, not basketball for sports aficionados.  This appeal to gamers was hugely successful, and it has been estimated that NBA Jam has earned over a $1 billion in arcade alone, and this sadly ignored IP has been waiting to be reborn. Finally done, does this new Jam bring the boom shaka laka, 17 years after it first launched, or will it ape and fail in rebooting?

Hit the jump for my hands-on impressions.

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10:30 PM on 07.14.2010

Check out the new Heat and Bulls in NBA Jam

We still don't officially know if NBA Jam will actually be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but in the meantime, you can take a look at the in-game results of this summer's NBA free agency period. The Chicago Bu...

Samit Sarkar

7:30 PM on 07.08.2010

A fiery basketball? Yep, this is NBA Jam box art

I hope you're sitting down, because we have the cover art for NBA Jam, courtesy of Twitter. This is the biggest story of the day, no question. My criteria -- "is there a basketball on fire?" -- has been met. You win this roun...

Jordan Devore

9:40 AM on 07.07.2010

German ratings board passes NBA Jam to 360, PS3

Electronic Arts is bringing back NBA Jam this holiday, and I've played it, and it's awesome. Have you played NBA Jam before? You know what you're getting yourself into. But there's been some people thumbing their noses at the...

Nick Chester