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.
NBA Jam (Wii)
So let’s get it out of the way right now -- Electronic Arts either figured out what worked so well or just copied code over from the original game and dumped it on a Wii disc. While the latter isn’t likely, the bottom line is that NBA Jam for the Wii feels and plays like NBA Jam. Period. Every quarter is a high-energy, fast-paced, in-your-face dunk-fest that doesn’t let up from start to finish. All of the basic mechanics from the original are here, from the “Turbo” to the dunks to “heating up” to sink a flaming basketball through a net.
But ask yourself: “Is NBA Jam the kind of game I can play for hours at a time?” For me, the answer was a decisive “no.” Despite the game being as fun as I remember it, there’s simply not much to it. Its simplicity is both its biggest strength and its greatest flaw, the feelings of deja vu setting rather quickly over the course of just a few games, even with the “Remix” modifers on. I got the most mileage out of NBA Jam in short spurts; I couldn’t imagine a session with the game spanning more than an hour, tops.
Score: 7.5 -- Good (7s are solid games that definitely have an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.)
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