NBA Jam Sets The Wii On Fire In 2010

There were jams and rumours of jams, but now it's official - EA is bringing back Midway's classic arcade basketball game this year with EA Sports NBA Jam for the Nintendo Wii.

Midway's NBA Jam took arcades by storm in 1993, its over-the-top arcade basketball action and colourful commentary packing in the crowds at the arcade. The console port, released on March 4, 1994 (Jam Day!), sold extremely well. Now Midway and sequel creator Acclaim are both dead, but jam is alive and well in the hands of EA Canada in Vancouver, where EA Sports NBA Jam is being developed.

EA's NBA Jam "mixes the old school with the new", with familiar gameplay mixed with new characters, additional game modes, and "gameplay depth".

"NBA JAM is one of the most recognisable franchises in video game history," said Peter Moore, President, EA SPORTS. "Diehard fans of the original game have been asking for a remake for more than a decade. We're very excited to give them their wish this year with the return of this iconic franchise."

Ressurecting NBA Jam sure seems like an interesting way to bolster the Wii sports game audience, an audience EA Sports seems to have had trouble locating over the past three years. Is it in the shoes? We'll see later this year.


    The wii?
    Surely another $60K for an XBLA and PSN port is financially viable.
    I'd hazard a guess that most of the people who stuffed coins into that arcade cabinet played the hell out of that Snes title (raises hand) would be part of the 'hardcore' market, and hence be more likely to own a 'next gen' console.

    I know I'd shell out $8 for it on Xbla. But for my wii? I'd have to go wipe aaaallllll of that dust off it, wouldn't I?

      It's also rumoured to be coming to both PSN and XBLA also, just not at the same time...

    I would love the original for Wii or 360 ...peferably the wii VC as it will go nicely with all those SNES games I've downloaded.

    While I want the original, I DON'T want a remake.


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