Unlockable Celebs Will Return To NBA Jam

Unlockable Celebs Will Return To NBA Jam

When it hits the Wii, NBA Jam will pack more than 100 unlockables – including playable celebrities, this time with their permission. “If you’ve thought about it, chances are we have too and it’s going in,” says a developer.

Speaking to IGN, NBA Jam’s creative director Trey Smith said the team has been in talks with VIPs since the first week of development, and still trying to nail down at least one deal. The original NBA Jam didn’t bother with such niceties, instead sticking in President Clinton, George Clinton and, somewhat inexplicably, Warren Moon, without their permission. Obviously, these are different times, and EA Sports wouldn’t even try that.

“I think everybody’s going to be very satisfied – at the very least – at who we’re bringing in, and I think there are going to be a couple of ‘oh my gosh, I can’t believe they got …” Smith said.

But the unlockables don’t stop at famous names. Of course Big Head Mode is back, and it will be available to players immediately after completing the tutorial, for those who want to jump right in and super-size Kevin Garnett’s cranium.

“I hope you’ll see that a lot of care has been put into keeping the old school [stuff]in this game, and we all know how important those cheats were,” Smith told IGN. That probably means Juice Mode. Super Clean Floors too? Who can tell.

Smith also told IGN that right now the team is “just focused on the Wii,” but held out the possibility that the came could come to the other two consoles. “Fingers crossed,” he said.

NBA Jam Mega Info Dump [IGN]


  • I reckon that they’re just holding out to see how well the Wii version sells before they decide to port it to XBLA and PSN. So everybody that has a Wii, BUY THIS GAME, so they’ll release it for the other consoles and the rest of us can play it.

    • I’ll probably be a guinnea pig for ya and buy it on wii.. nba jam is just one of those fond memories i can’t let go of! HE’S ON FIRE!!! IS IT THE SHOES?!

    • Its just so hard to buy any game for the Wii.

      I really do hope they port this over, they could charge me any price and i’d happily pay it!! So much love for this game 🙂

    • Don’t worry I’ll be picking my copy up day one. I’m thinking of buying some extra controllers just so I can have four player action ready on a whim.

  • The main thing I’m hoping for is Classic Controller support… an over reliance on ‘waggle’ could screw this up royally… maybe if they went with something subtle like mario strikers did… but overall I’d rather have old school control on this one…

  • DO WANT!
    If they put the Fresh Prince in again, I will buy it twice.

    Now this is a story
    all about how my life
    got twisted upside down
    and id like to take a minute
    just sit right there
    ill tell you how i became the prince
    of a town called Bel-Air
    Then I was in NBA Jam

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