NBA Jam Confirmed For 360, PS3 (But There's A Nasty Catch)

After months of rumours, EA Sports confirmed today that NBA Jam won't just be released on the Wii, with high definition versions also on the way for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Warning: some bad news follows.

While the game will technically be coming to the PS3 and 360, it won't be available individually. Instead, it'll be included as a downloadable title (via a code) in $US60 copies of EA's regular basketball title, NBA Elite.

"We're still holding back the Remix Tour for the Wii consumer, and that's about 20 hours of gameplay," EA Sports' Jordan Edelstein tells ESPN. "But for the PS3 and 360, we want people to try 'Elite'. We feel like 'NBA Elite 11' is a great product and we want people to give it a chance and see all the changes we're making. So as a way to say thanks to these people, we are going to let them experience 'Jam'. It's not the full product, but it's a good portion of it.

"And the only way to play 'Jam' on the 360 and PS3 is by picking up 'Elite'. There's a one-time use code that will be in every copy of 'Elite', so you just go online and redeem it. We're not selling 'Jam' on PSN or Xbox Live. 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."

Way to go, EA. I didn't think it was possible to dampen my enthusiasm for this game, but you pretty much just found a way to do it. Either pay full price for a Wii version that will lack online play, or buy a basketball game I don't want and get a glorified demo of the game I did want.

Then again, since this will both boost sales of NBA Elite and kill the game's re-sale value, it's probably mission accomplished from where they're sitting.

'NBA Elite 11' to include free downloadable version of 'NBA Jam' [ESPN]

NBA Jam Will Be Bundled With NBA Elite 11 [IGN]


    NOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo........ Oh wait it's EA, that's kind of not surprising in the slightest.

    wow thats... thats just horrible,

    dont see it as a big deal, grow up gamers

      So the complete devaluation of a beloved franchise doesn't bother you? The fact that EA are releasing a game at near or full RRP on the Wii, but giving it away for free (figuratively speaking) on the AITCH DEE consoles doesn't concern you? There is simply no words.

      This news along with the news that CoD map packs have sold in excess of 20mil has meant for a very sad day in gaming...

        devaluation of a beloved franchise... haha welcome to the 21st century. take your pick: movies, TV or games. this is pretty much all they do these days


    Even if I did want to get NBA Elite... why are they not giving us the full NBA Jam game?

    ""It’s not the full product, but it’s a good portion of it.""

    Why would I want it then? Or am I reading that part wrong?

    Either way, I only wanted this on either PS360, so unless they release it further down the track, I'm one customer that won't be getting either game.

    Well this is extremely gay on EA's behalf

    Looks like I'll have to dust off the Wii after all.

    Looks like I'll just to stick to the NBA JAM rom.

    Is this the best move that they can pull against NBA2K11?


    Just...fuck you!

    That's fcuked... Plain and simple.

    What if I didn't own a Wii?

    They (EA) would get a LOT more sales, surely, if they release the FULL game on both PSN and XBLA...


    I own a Wii and a PS3.
    As keen as I was for this, I refuse to buy the Wii version.

    oh so you want me to buy NBA Elite 11, in order to TRY NBA Jam?

    NBA 2k11 it is then

    So they have a game, and people want it, but they won't sell it to them. Has anyone told the EA shareholders about this, I though taking money from punters was good for business.

    Hellooooo EB Games 7 Day Guarantee

      I've been wondering about this myself. What do they do in these cases? Anyone ever bought a new game from EB in which the included code has already been used by CloneTrooper? What did EB do?

        EB doesn't care, they just tell the customer to contact the publishers support line.

        I don't know about EA, but Activision with Guitar Hero import codes that 'did not work', they would simply give you a new one, no questions asked.

    Silly... I don't think EA realize that NBA Jam was so successful because it ISN'T a basketball game :P

    Epic fail. NBA Jam = pass with that new info.

    And I bet once the NBA Elite sales slow down, they'll release the "full" version of it on Xbox Live and make you pay for that as well.

    A load of crap.

    Absolutely disgraceful. I own a Wii and a 360 but wanted this in HD. I am NOT a basketball fan but who didn't love NBA Jam back in the day?

    EA have completely missed the point. It makes no business sense whatsoever to offer a dumbed down version of a standard definition game packaged with a 'realistic' basketball game.

    Definition of shooting yourself in the foot. I predict the comments so far will be a but a flap of a swallows wing in a hurricane.

    I just upgraded my PS3 hard drive and part of the reason was so I could download NBA Jam.

    So much for that now as I don't have the time to play an 82 game regular season with playoffs in a sim bballer. I just want to play 8 minute games of NBA Jam with my mates online.

    Could we get a DLC version of the old ones? I'd even buy that now.

    EA can eat my poo!! I can't believe they are pulling this shit. I love NBA Jam but couldn't care less about Elite. You're not going to get my sale by packaging it with a stripped down version of the game I want.

    EA = Fucking clowns shoe

    Devasted. What a joke.

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