NBA Jam at its best!!!

User Rating: 9 | NBA Jam: Tournament Edition SNES
I remember getting this game in 2001 or 2002. My cousins (they were the ones that were around my age) and I used to play this at my den on a little TV. We were having so much fun pushing each other around and slam dunking in the sky. They even discovered something in the game that I never noticed myself, that you could slam dunk so hard that you could break the whole back board glass! I wonder if you could do that in the Sega Genesis' version...

Story: N/A
- There is no storyline because it is only basketball.

Gameplay: 9/10
- The gameplay is the bomb! I loved it! NBA Jam features 2-on-2 basketball games. A key feature of NBA Jam was the exaggerated nature of the play; players jumped many times above their own height, making slam dunks that defied both human capabilities and the laws of physics. There were no fouls, free throws, or violations except goal tending. This meant the player was able to freely push his opponent out of the way. Additionally, the game had an "on fire" feature, where if one player made three baskets in a row, he would become "on fire" and have unlimited turbo, no goal tending, and increased shooting ability, until the other team scored (or the player had scored four consecutive points while "on fire"). Even though I usually like Super Nintendo's control schemes over the Sega Genesis', I was actually comfortable with both systems.

Graphics: 9/10
- The graphics are great; it looks clearer and better than the Sega Genesis' version. This time they did not make every black person look alike and every white person look alike. That was another improvement over the Sega Genesis' version.

Sound: 9/10
- The sound effects of the game I like is basically all the famous things the commentator says. You know, things like "he's on fire" and such. I still remember the sounds of players getting pushed in the game. They all sounded like they were gagging whenever you pushed them, it was so funny! There are a lot of funny sound effects in the game that would make a child laugh. I also still remember all the music that was in the game, especially the title music! The reason I rated the "Sound" category higher than the Sega Genesis' version is because the Super Nintendo one sounds clearer.

Overall, I give this game a 9 out of 10. Even though I rated this game higher than the Sega Genesis' version because of all of the improvements, this version of the game will never replace the version that "holds a special place in my childhood"...NBA Jam for the Sega Genesis!

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