NBA Jam dunking Xbox 360, PS3 - Report

German ratings board reveals arcade basketball game won't be Wii-exclusive.

Electronic Arts is reaching into history this holiday, releasing the over-the-top hardwood NBA Jam for the Nintendo Wii. However, if a German software ratings board is to be believed, the slam-dunk-centric arcade game will also grace the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

NBA Jam might not be playing favorites with Nintendo.

The news comes from listings posted on the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK), a self-regulating body that monitors the software industry in Germany. The listings pin NBA Jam for release on high-def consoles but provide no further specifics on the topic.

Electronic Arts hasn't officially mentioned the title's existence for the Xbox 360 or PS3, and as of press time, EA has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment on the matter.

That said, the arrival of NBA Jam for the 360 and PS3 wouldn't be all too surprising. In February, an EA Canada software engineer listed "NBA Jam for Wii, Xbox 360, PS3" on her LinkedIn account. She then speedily removed the mention of Xbox 360 and PS3 from the list.

NBA Jam is currently in development at EA Canada and is slated for an October 5 release for the Wii. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's E3 2010 floor check-in with EA Sports (embedded below) and a hands-on preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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54 comments
padrenes86
padrenes86

this on HD console's would be great! if this is true, I hope they make some minor changes before it comes out on PS3/360

fester420
fester420

Although I am excited for this game, I am hoping it is not a full retail game. I can't see myself paying $60 for this, maybe $15.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

They should add Obama too this time lol.

ninjathug99
ninjathug99

i like to see nba jams on all system not just the wii. also LeBron James going to the heats i smell chamionships.

da_chub
da_chub

a game like this, a throwback to old school gamin, should be multiplat...it was back then, and as big of a fan as i am off Wii, the game is more important then the system, and everyone should get to play this.

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

Yeah, people did not see the times exclusivity for this one.

wahyudil
wahyudil

At last ... I can't believed if EA only make a widely known franchise only for one console ... but know we know their real intention ... well, its not that surprising though ...

Toxic8
Toxic8

This looks like it will bring back the good old days of the arcade. Putting in codes for the secret players and mascots and looking cool,lol. Hopefully it will be as fun as it was back in the day.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Glad to hear this, more fun all around

NightRain
NightRain

EA would be fools to not bring this to PS3 and 360.

benz1980i
benz1980i

I love NBA JAM!! Online play would be killer- 2 vs 2 tournaments, why not 3 on 3??

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

@sboyer2 they're not using motion controls the nunchuk is to move players

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

i was gonna buy this on the wii.but heck when its on Ps3 why not

monson21502
monson21502

hope its better then other older games that were remade this year.

green_dominator
green_dominator

NBA Jam's developer has been saying all along that the game will at some point be on all 3 consoles it's just they are focusing on Wii first. I think the game fits PS3 and XBOX 360 more than it does Wii but that's just me......

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

Goddamn, now they're gonna give Wii the shaft once more if it's going to the twins.

BZSIN
BZSIN

"He's on fire!"

sboyer2
sboyer2

awesome I can play my old favorite game without motion controls ruining it

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

It's a bit too early to blindly believe this. The EA teams seemed pretty adamant, and one member disappointed, that it would be a Wii exclusive. While it may be entirely possible that they will port the Wii version over later on, I'm putting my money on a Xbox Live/PSN release of the original NBA Jam.

slvrraven9
slvrraven9

man, i couldnt wait to play this one the wii, now im not sure which system im gonna get it on. but MAN....HES ON FIRE!!!!!

lilj815
lilj815

Who believes Germans anyway?

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

What's with all the thumbs down to people wanting arcade ports? Usually remakes end up disappointing fans anyway. Just do a straight port and make everyone happy.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@AJC3317 I'm wondering the same thing. When I first heard this I thought it was going to be an arcade port. Now I'm not as excited anymore. :(

warrner11
warrner11

if not at launch then at some point it will.....HE'S ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!

higgydiggy
higgydiggy

Oh man I was thinking of getting a Wii for this but I hope the xbox360 comes out that would be great!

THE_BIONIC_ARM
THE_BIONIC_ARM

omg i hope bill clinton is still a playable character

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

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AJC3317
AJC3317

is there gonna be enough content to justify a $60 game? even a $50 wii game?

Flint247
Flint247

Well, as long as it's on all 3 systems, that's good.

TheArcade
TheArcade

I would love to have the original Arcade versions of NBA Jam & NBA Jam T.E. on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

oh cool. very cool! can't wait. somehow I thought i read or heard that it would be available for other platforms and not just the wii!

Bortson
Bortson

Yeah this needs to be on Arcade/PSN. Update the graphics and rosters but keep the same announcer = win

WPack911
WPack911

With Wade and Bosh the HEAT and gonna be unstoppable in this 2x2 game!!! :D

XanderZane
XanderZane

This should be on XBLA where it belongs. Not sure why it was even targeted for the Wii. "Is it the Shoes!?!? He's on FIRE!!"

maaly81
maaly81

ill buy it for $25.00

WolverineNinja
WolverineNinja

I will be buying the bleep out of this game if it comes to Xbox Live Arcade!

capmantay14
capmantay14

I knew the Jam wouldnt stay on that lackluster system...

zMd113
zMd113

HooRaay!!! Now hopefully EA doesn't screw this one up...

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I knew it! There's no way EA would let NBA Jam to be a last dated console's exclusive! :D

ClintKeys
ClintKeys

If this game is for the 360 and ps3 as well, then I'm not getting the game. I'm afraid that they will act lazy with the Wii version. If this game is a Wii exclusive, then I will change my mind.

f4t4lfury
f4t4lfury

BOOMSHAKALAKA! Now I can sell my Wii.

cometkd
cometkd

i don't think it will be kept from our beloved Ps3!

Vinsanity09
Vinsanity09

"NBA Jam dunking Xbox 360, PS3"? something's wrong with that title, it's like saying "Michael Jordan dunked Patrick Ewing"

bschroth
bschroth

I hope it comes to XBLA or PSN. It'd make a perfect downloadable game for $15. Can't wait! BOOM SHAKA LAKA!!