NBA Jam tips off on Wii

Electronic Arts confirms revival of defunct dunk-happy hoops game in development at EA Canada, set for release this year.

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The NBA Jam franchise is practically synonymous with arcade-style sports action, even though the last new installment in the Midway-spawned and Acclaim-published series was nearly seven years ago. Unfortunately, both of those companies have gone under in the interim, which cast doubt on the series' long-term fate.

Will EA Sports' NBA Jam revival hit nothing but net, or is it laying up a colossal brick?

Electronic Arts today dispelled much of that doubt by confirming reports that it was developing a new edition in the series for the Wii. The revival, which will go by the moniker EA Sports NBA Jam, is set to hit the hardwood later this year.

Developed by the Vancouver, British Columbia-based EA Canada studio, EA Sports NBA Jam will attempt to marry the series' familiar gameplay with new modes, ball physics, and features. The publisher has said it will introduce a new visual style that includes realistic representations of the players rather than the generic bodies used in the original arcade game.

One factor that may help EA recapture the series' essence is the recent hiring of NBA Jam creator Mark Turmell. While Turmell is stationed at EA Tiburon (the studio behind the Madden NFL games), the original report about EA's NBA Jam revival mentioned that Turmell and other series veterans had been tapped to work on the project.

EA Sports has also set up an official Web site for the game, where players can vote on which players they'd like to see make the cut from various NBA teams.

Discussion

28 comments
jedikevin2
jedikevin2

Just don't mess with wanky motion control of a revamp classic like this. I can accept a mini use of motion control such as NSMBWii but keep this farily simple or atleast allow gamecube or classic controllers. If they do this then this will be classic gold though it will be releasing at the wrong time (After the NBA season is over lol). Lebron to shaq.. Oh he's on fire!!! LOL

Dualmask
Dualmask

Revamping a classic for the current generation worked wonders for Nintendo with NSMBWii. If this game is successful, it will only lead to good things for more developers. I used to love NBA Jam when I was younger; it was literally the only sports game I would play.

fon1988
fon1988

I hate Basketball games and always have, except for NBA Jam. I freakin loved playing that game with my brother and my friends a long time ago. Glad to see the series is getting another go on the Wii.

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

HE'S ON FIRE! Man, I cannot wait to hear that screamed at me again!!!!

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

I not much of a sports fan, but I'm definitely excited about a new NBA Jam. Sounds like EA is taking this one seriously too by bringing in several members of the original team for authenticity. Since they are doing it for Wii I'm actually glad it's exclusive, because those are the best games for Wii. If they had just ported it to Wii it would have been a terrible Wii game like most ports are. SLAMMA HAMMA DING DONG!

holygeez03
holygeez03

I hope this does well... but only so that a true revival of Blitz and Hitz will follow...

BuRGHFaN1
BuRGHFaN1

please EA Gods, let this be available on the 360 and co-op on XBox Live. I was a huge fan of NBA Jam TE on my 64 back in the day. I remember my best friend hanging out all summer and beating all the teams on the game.

syrion_au
syrion_au

Looking forward to see how this turns out, loved the series way back on my sega. Just hope they keep the controls simple and true to the arcade style of the originals, I really don't want to be waving my arms all over the place to pull tricks off in the air while dunking...

Arkk_Angel
Arkk_Angel

I know i'm asking for a lot, but could we also have online play? Please?!

MFazio23
MFazio23

I'm certainly intrigued.

oneligas
oneligas

this game will go down in the history of bastketball failure like the Washington Generals and Space Jam

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

Sounds pretty cool. I'd rather just have a port though.

BMXBiker
BMXBiker

Please don't tell me this is the announcement EA said it was going to make this month about a new franchise...I was dying for a lacrosse game :(

str8_iLL
str8_iLL

Bring back Air Dog and Bill Clinton!

cjasko94
cjasko94

If they were smart they would put it on PSN/XBL for $15.99

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

why not put it on all three consoles. I know they would have a buyer in me and I dont even buy sports games. NBA jam for the Snes was so fun XD

gregpfunk
gregpfunk

I really hope the Wii can do this one justice.

OneBadLT123
OneBadLT123

EA, please dont mess this up. This could work out good if it's done right. HE'S ON FIRE!

bschroth
bschroth

it would be simple for EA to get my money for this game. update the roster, bring the graphics into the hd era and put in a few online modes. finally just make the game cheap, like $10-$15. $10 would be best, and $15 would probably condemn it to low sales. DONE! i reaaaalllyyy hope they don't try and make it a REAL basketball game like the last time someone tried to pull NBA jam outta the grave. oops, forgot to mention that it shouldn't be on the wii, it should just be xbla and psn and that's it.

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

1st! I hope this game stays to its roots because the originals are classics.