NBA Jam rebounding at EA - ESPN

EA Sports' mystery game said to be revival of Midway's classic arcade hoops title on the Wii; publisher drafts franchise creator Mark Turmell.

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EA Sports community manager Alain Quinto set gamers atwitter last month following a cryptic Twitter update that teased the reveal of a new game in January. That revelation now appears to have come, though it isn't EA Sports behind the announcement. Instead, EA Sports partner ESPN reports today that the publisher's newest title will actually be an old-time revival in the form of NBA Jam.

2003's NBA Jam was the last entry in the arcade-style basketball series.

Citing unnamed sources, ESPN states that NBA Jam will return exclusively for the Wii as a full retail product. Further, ESPN notes that EA Sports has hired on franchise creator Mark Turmell, along with a number of other contributors to the original, to work on the project and other sports titles at EA Vancouver. According to the noted developer's LinkedIn profile, Turmell has carried the senior creative director title at EA since October 2009.

Now-defunct publisher Midway released the original NBA Jam to arcades in 1993, where it became an overnight classic thanks to its two-on-two competitive mode, official roster, and memorable catchphrases. Acclaim released the most recent installment in the franchise, titled simply NBA Jam, for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 in 2003, garnering positive reviews.

EA Sports is expected to officially announce the title later this month. The publisher had not returned requests for comment as of press time.

Discussion

83 comments
Arkady_16
Arkady_16

Would love to see NHL Hitz next, between that and NBA Jam I was a ''sports'' gamer..... well maybe not really but those games were so much fun.

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

Who can hate a game where you can dunk from across the court?

cjasko94
cjasko94

NBA Jam was always awesome. And @ that party pooper below meh, Madden 09 on the Nintendo wii is actually fun playing with some friends

dchase2k8
dchase2k8

You guys are too easy. EA = industry parasite. They use their size/budget to buy expensive licenses/brands and buyout their competition; they spend a sh*tload of money to market/advertise the game, and then cut a bunch of corners on the development side of things (you know, where the consumer actually benefits). They probably outsource the development of their base code to some 3rd world country, and then hire entry level programmers to tweak and tidy it up. They also plaster the game with obtrusive corporate ads -- and try to up-sell you on tons of nebulous items that should have been freely available in the game to begin with. The result: a $65 bug-filled regurgitated piece of .... Why will this EA game be any different?

quirky_clayboy
quirky_clayboy

Never played Jam, but still play Hangtime with a mate on his 64. For years I thought Marv was saying, "baseline weiner". If only.

gudni
gudni

@ McGrumpy33 I really cant believe you just said that!! Seriously, you havent seen any good sports games on the Wii?! I guess i should fill you in then. Tiger woods 2010 on the Wii(thanks to wiimotion+ is the best golf game ever released(so far). Grand slam tennis for the same reason is by far the best tennis game(at least this gen). The Pro evolution soccer games have been best on Wii thanks to the Wii pointer and for the same reason Madden on the Wii has had the "call your shots" and "All play" options make up for the lack of HD graphics, leaving it on par with the other versions(check metacritic to see the average consensus). NHL 2K10 is best played on the Wii thanks to WM+(read the review). And how about Shaun White snowboarding having been best played on the Wii and getting a sequel only on Wii. And also for the casual sports games Wii sports resort is Awesome fun! Oh yeah, and for F1 fans..the Wii had the official 2009 game(and it got pretty good reviews) and until the 2010 game comes next fall/winter for PS3/360, it will be the game to play. Im not even a sports fan and i remember this off the top of my head... And its only because i read the reviews from all the major sites and never fall into the pit of taking anything said in the comment sections as truth until its been confirmed by the media.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

"From down clown!" I miss those garbled 16-bit voices.

grungeman91
grungeman91

HE'S ON FIRE!!....Man, I miss hearing that after a 3rd dunk, Bring it to the 360 or PS3, hell, just give me the old 90's NBA Jam as a download and I'll be a happy man.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I like all systems, but what is wrong with this game on the Wii? Because it's full of shovelware? Because it's not in HD? Because they ruin cIassics? Because Nintendo is not the same anymore? I'm sorry, but all those reasons are false. Downright false. (although I will agree that Nintendo isn't the same, but they still make good games) If done right, EA can make a great game ressurecting this. And putting it on Wii doesn't make it bad. Just look at Modern Warfare on Wii. It may have been nulled down a little, but it was still a great game, even on the Wii.

cspiffo
cspiffo

One of the only sports games (if you could call it that) that I played religiously in my youth. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Wow, I haven't played one of those since back on the Genesis. One of the few sports games I really enjoyed.

da_chub
da_chub

Keep it simple. 2v2 with online, classic gameplay with NBA players. Maybe even have some old NBA greats, but thats it. Don't mess up the "Jam" name.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

i still enjoy my nba jam extreme on playstation

McGrumpy33
McGrumpy33

Not sure of this game been a good game for the Wii console, cause so far i haven't seen any good sports game on the Wii console :(

oneligas
oneligas

wii and nba jam a perfect combination a simple game on a simple console. it better have the full court dunking in game to simply break the game play

dragonsama
dragonsama

This might be the first time EA has ever released a good NBA game.

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

oh boy. and the wii is a good platform

cowmaster2k3
cowmaster2k3

This should have been put on the xbox... The only way an NBA JAM can make a great revival would be to use to old style graphics and not some new 3d look like the last revival attempt.

Binarynova
Binarynova

Too bad this is a Wii exclusive. This could have been an XBLA title that my brother and I would have eaten up instantly. We used to play the SNES cartridge for hours on end. He was VERY young at the time, early elementary school, but the announcers cracked him up and the crazy jumps and flaming basketballs entertained him. We laughed for hours and hours playing NBA Jam Tournament Edition. Man... remember all the codes there were to unlock all kinds of players, like Bill Clinton? Those were the days.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I thought I read a few months ago that this was one of the future games coming to XBLA. I'm almost positive. But I guess not now. Such a waste!!! Everyone knows that 3rd parties make no money on the Wii, so why make it exclusive?!! I just don't get the thought-pattern behind that decision.

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

only the wii kinda sucks as the annoucer would say "ugly shot!"

Incubus420
Incubus420

This should be a download and they know it.

tastetheacidmil
tastetheacidmil

its not being wasted on the wii, oh and it is a real console seems some are too narrow minded to realise that

bschroth
bschroth

just gimme the tournament edition from the snes days and call it a day already.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Why the Wii? or maybe I should ask this better, why 'only' the Wii? Is it because that market is the only one that will pay full price for a retro reboot? I'm pretty sure if this was a full game on the X360 or PS3 it would get scoffed, XBLA or PSN title maybe... for $15. See on the Wii though this goes for a cool $50...

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Sigh, been waiting years for this game to make a come back and now it's making a half hearted one with the Wii. I really do hope they make a arcade version for the real gaming consoles.

grand17
grand17

Only 2 problems, its for the Wii and EA is making it. EA just does the Wii so they wont have to put any effort into graphics. I had NBA Jam TE for Sega and it was absolutely awesome

Scurvydog
Scurvydog

Excellent, now bring back NHL Hitz and all is well.

efunk25
efunk25

How lame, How about offering this up on PSN or XBL instead of wasting it on the wii.

pattyp77
pattyp77

Man - I simply haven't enjoyed an NBA game as much since NBA Jam vanished from sight... Yea not so real, but oh so much fun!!! Woot woot - Go NBA Jam!!! "He's on fire"

DFen
DFen

whats the whole point of this they already have nba street, aint that arcade enough... I guess the only competition to that would be nba ballers but I doubt anybody plays that one but yea I just dont see the point of rebooting this series yet it is a ol school game and I did enjoy it back then on the snes :)

DitkaKenobi
DitkaKenobi

There is no reason this game should be Wii exclusive. It's perfect for XBLA and PSN. EA FAIL!

Qirexian
Qirexian

Why is this a Wii exclusive...? :( I wanna hear "he's on fire!" on my 360!

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

only for the wii .... garbage i tell you .... well i guess im not getting it.

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

I remember unlocking good'ol Bill and Hillary Clinton on the classic version. I would put on the "dunk from anywhere" cheat and just start dunking fullcourts with my little fatheaded Bill Clinton. :D

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

They could sell this thing for $20 @ a brick and mortar and still make money.

MegaXtreme
MegaXtreme

No, not the Wii!! NOT THE WII!!!!!

BlakkSteel
BlakkSteel

From what I understand, NBA Unrivaled will NEVER be Jam!! They need to put it on systems that'll make it some more money (PS3, X360). I'd get it then!!

jmizzal
jmizzal

@TXGAMER7 Yea cuz the Wii messed up classics like Megaman 9, Contra rebirth and Castlevania rebirth. end sarcasm/

Bigbomb94
Bigbomb94

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littlestreakier
littlestreakier

good thing i still have my sega genesis and nba jam for it :-D, so many memories with that game. i actually still play it from time to time

spawnofdarknezz
spawnofdarknezz

Too bad its for Wii. Would be much better as a PSN or XBLA title.

SopranosFan
SopranosFan

I may have to dust off the original.