Stripped-down NBA Jam bundled with NBA Elite

Electronic Arts packing in pared-down basketball game with copies of newly rebranded hardwood simulator for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3; arcade title won't be sold separately on XBL and PSN.

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After months of rumor and speculation, Electronic Arts today confirmed that NBA Jam will surface for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360…but with a hefty catch.

The publisher today sent word that copies of NBA Elite 11($59.99) will include a redeemable code to download a stripped-down version of NBA Jam. Included in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will be the Play Now, Classic Campaign, and Online modes. However, the Remix Tour, which serves as NBA Jam's primary campaign mode, will remain exclusive to the Wii version.

According to an EA Sports representative speaking with ESPN, purchasing NBA Elite 11 be the only way to play NBA Jam on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

NBA Jam lighting up HD consoles.
NBA Jam lighting up HD consoles.

"We're not selling 'Jam' on PSN or Xbox Live," Jordan Edelstein, vice president of marketing for EA Sports, told ESPN. "If you still want the full product, the full experience is on the Wii, but if you pick up 'Elite,' you're still getting a good taste of it, especially with the inclusion of online play."

The complete version of NBA Jam--available only on the Wii--will include the Remix Tour. This mode includes boss battles against NBA legends, such as Magic Johnson, and comprises "about 20 hours of gameplay," according to Edelstein.

NBA Jam will arrive for the Wii on October 5, the same day that NBA Elite 11 launches for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For more on the Wii arcade basketball game, check out GameSpot's most recent preview. And for a look at NBA Elite 11, check out the game's player reactions video embedded below.

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