NBA Jam

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VideoNBA Jam to set iPhone on fire

EA shows off impending iOS port.

VideoNBA Jam - first 15 minutes

The game you preserve.

NBA Jam

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VideoObama, Bush play NBA Jam

Political heavyweights in court.

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26th November 2010

NBA Jam

22nd October 2010

NBA Jam launches on Wii

EU PlayStation Store update 5th October

EU PlayStation Store update 5th October

Crysis! NBA Jam! Portal 2 DLC!

PC shooter Crysis fires onto the PlayStation Store this week. It's a polished port of the original's single-player campaign, available for Ł15.99.

Arcade slamdunker NBA Jam: On Fire Edition also courts your wallet this week, while new and free Portal 2 DLC continues the adventures of co-op robots P-Body and and Atlus in a new two-player test track.

There's still no sign of Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection - now over a month late - and Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, expected last week.

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Riccitiello's EA not afraid of risks

"It's very easy to sequel a product."

Other companies making sports games wait for new consoles before they take risks - but EA doesn't, not any more, head honcho John Riccitiello has boasted.

NBA Jam

NBA Jam

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As a self-confessed computer nerd who never actually owned a console until the original PlayStation, back in 1993 I was only vaguely aware of NBA Jam from a few brief plays in my local arcade. I had no experience of the home console versions, preferring to sit on my Amiga with the likes of Alien Breed II, Apidya and Cannon Fodder. Yet playing EA's new take on what was apparently considered a coin-op classic – I'll have to take people's word for that; most of my meagre pocket money at that time was spent on copies of Amiga Power and sweets – evoked a weird feeling of nostalgia for a game I barely remember.

Perhaps it's because there's something wonderfully anachronistic about it. As modern sports titles grow ever more complex – you practically need a Masters in Ergonomics to decipher all of FIFA's control convolutions these days – this harks back to a simpler time, where a joystick and three buttons were enough to play pretty much anything.

Sure, EA has done its best to modernise with right-stick controls for shooting, dunking and stealing, but in truth they're pretty unnecessary - not to mention curiously sluggish. It's telling that there's a tutorial for the stick flicks, but not for the basic button controls. Ignoring the curious decision to shun the right trigger and bumper (you'll need to use your left hand if you need a speed boost) they're so intuitive you can jump into a game and figure out how to play within seconds.

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Disc release for 360/PS3 NBA Jam

B-ball reboot no longer download-only.

Arcade basketball reboot NBA Jam will be getting a full disc release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, rather than appearing as a digital download, EA has confirmed.

NBA Jam dev calls out hateful gamers

Why can't you be nice to each other?

The biggest problem facing the games industry today is mean-spirited, ill-informed gamers spewing bile on internet message boards, according to NBA Jam's creative director Trey Smith.

NBA Jam PSN/XBLA possible?

Exclusive to NBA Elite 11 owners for now.

EA has hinted that NBA Jam will not remain exclusive to owners of NBA Elite 11, but be offered as a separate download on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade somewhere down the line.

NBA Jam Wii due in October

Showing at E3 next week, obviously.

Electronic Arts' bumper list of E3 titles brings word that the Wii reincarnation of NBA Jam will be released in October.

EA confirms Wii NBA Jam revival

EA confirms Wii NBA Jam revival

Exclusive and out this year.

EA has confirmed a Wii-exclusive revival of NBA Jam, and it's penned for release later this year.

EA Canada's doing the honours, and attempting to rekindle the fires which made NBA Jam a hit in the nineties. Those include "warming up" after scoring two baskets and setting on fire after three, literally - powering the player up temporarily.

Games are played two-on-two and the aim, besides scoring more than the other pair, is to slam balls into the net and abide by a cut-down set of rules. We on the street call them, er, street rules.

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