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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

7:00 PM on 05.13.2010

Tim Kitzrow might shout your catchphrase in NBA Jam

If you played NBA Jam back in the day, you have fond memories of the game's announcer, Tim Kitzrow. Spouting unforgettable lines like "he's on fire!" and "boomshakalaka," Kitzrow was a major factor in the game's brillia...

Samit Sarkar

10:00 PM on 03.31.2010

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will be bosses in NBA Jam

NBA Jam is a revival of a classic game, so it stands to reason that the Wii-exclusive title will feature classic players. MTV Multiplayer confirmed this when they spoke to the game's creative director, Trey Smith, about ...

Samit Sarkar



The smile never left my face as I played the new NBA Jam photo
The smile never left my face as I played the new NBA Jam
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Growing up in the days of the Super Nintendo was a huge blessing for me. I love Nintendo' s second videogame console with all of my heart and still believe it to be one of the best systems ever made. Many cartridges went through my Super Nintendo and none left a mark on my mind as NBA Jam: Tournament Edition did.

Fast forward to 2010 and the NBA Jam series has been brought back from the dead. NBA Jam is on a Nintendo console once again and in the hands of a formal rival company, Electronic Arts. I previewed the game earlier this month and I can say that the new NBA Jam made me feel just like a kid again.

Boom shaka laka after the break for more on the new Jam.

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7:40 PM on 03.15.2010

NBA Jam debut trailer makes me giggle like a child

This is the first footage of EA Sports' Wii-exclusive (as far as we know, anyway) NBA Jam, and my goodness, is it glorious. Just as I hoped in my list of NBA Jam suggestions, developer EA Canada looks to be including a ...

Samit Sarkar

10:00 PM on 02.21.2010

Rumor: NBA Jam coming to PS3, 360 as well as Wii (Update)

It looks like somebody at EA Sports may have been listening when I implored EA Canada to bring NBA Jam to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 along with the Wii. The publisher has always spoken of the game as a Wii exclusive,...

Samit Sarkar

4:00 PM on 01.12.2010

Five things EA Canada should do with the new NBA Jam

[Editor's Note: We're not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware that it may not jive with the opinions of Destructoid as a whole, or ho...

Samit Sarkar





7:00 PM on 01.11.2010

'He's heating up!' NBA Jam info and speculation

Is that a kick-ass logo, or what? This morning, EA confirmed earlier rumors of a revival of Midway’s arcade classic, NBA Jam, exclusively for the Wii. That last part -- that the game is only coming to the Wii -- seems ...

Samit Sarkar



Wii-exclusive NBA Jam revival confirmed, releases 2010 photo
Wii-exclusive NBA Jam revival confirmed, releases 2010
by Brad Nicholson

Rumors of an EA Sports-developed NBA Jam revival are true. This morning, the publisher officially announced EA Sports NBA Jam, a Wii-exclusive throwback to the original arcade title with a “fresh new take” on the series.

As for what’s being introduced to the franchise, the publisher wasn’t specific in the official release materials. But do expect new modes, Wii visuals, characters and what EA PR is calling “gameplay depth.”

There's no concrete release date (it's expected to hit this year) or price, or even an honorable Bill Clinton mention. But word is that the official NBA Jam site will bring more information -- we’ll just have to wait until EA is up and ready to slam-dunk our brains out with hot deets. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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3:00 AM on 01.05.2010

Rumor: New EA Sports game is NBA Jam

Even though EA Sports has remained mum about its mysterious IP set to be revealed this month, inside sources have been talking. Last month, our source said the new game is being called “NFL Trainer,” a Wii exclusi...

Brad Nicholson