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Overview

NBA Jam is a basketball arcade game developed and released by Midway in 1993. It is the first entry in the NBA Jam series and became exceptionally popular in arcades, generating over $1 billion dollars in revenue for the company. Mark Turmell was the game's main programmer and designer, and its gameplay is based on the game Arch Rivals which Midway released in 1989.

Due to the success of NBA Jam, an updated version of the game called NBA Jam Tournament Edition was released a year and a half later, and it features updated rosters and adds a number of new features to the series. Midway also used the success of NBA Jam to apply the over-the-top nature of the game to other sports. For example, Midway went on to create NFL Blitz, an over-the-top version of American football, in 1997.

Gameplay

NBA Jam is a 2-on-2 arcade-style basketball game that features over-the-top gameplay. The exaggerated nature of the gameplay means that players can perform gravity defying dunks with ease and shove opposing players down without penalty. Each game consists of four 3 minute long quarters, and the team with the most points at the end of the fourth quarter wins the game. When starting a match players have the option to enter their initials in order to keep track of their win-loss record and teams that they have beaten.

The only fouls a player can commit in NBA Jam are goal tending and shot clock violations. This means that the player can shove the other opposing players (and even his own teammate) down in order to get the ball and not commit a foul. A shot clock is present in order to keep the game moving at a fast pace and goal tending is used to prevent players from hoarding the basket while on defense.

A trademark of the NBA Jam series is the ability for players to catch on fire. This occurs when a player makes three consecutive shots, and their opponent makes none. While on fire the player is nearly unstoppable; the player is granted unlimited turbo, increased accuracy, and can't be called for goal tending. A player's fire goes out when the opposing team makes a basket.

Teams

*Note: The arcade version features teams from the 92-93 NBA season, while the home version include players from the 93-94 season. Shaq only appears in the arcade version of the game, he does not appear in the home versions of the game because the cost to renew the right to license him was deemed too high.

Eastern Conference Teams

Team

Arcade

SNES/Genesis

Sega CD

Game Boy

Game Gear

Atlanta Hawks

Dominique Wilkins and Stacey Augmon

Dominique Wilkins and Stacey Augmon

Stacey Augmon and Mookie Blaylock

Stacey Augmon and Mookie Blaylock

Dominique Wilkins and Stacey Augmon

Boston Celtics

Reggie Lewis and Kevin McHale

Dee Brown and Robert Parish

Dee Brown and Dominique Wilkins

Dee Brown and Dominique Wilkins

Dee Brown and Robert Parish

Charlotte Hornets

Larry Johnson and Kendall Gill

Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning

Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning

Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning

Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning

Chicago Bulls

Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant

Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant

Scottie Pippen and B.J. Armstrong

Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant

Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant

Cleveland Cavaliers

Mark Price and Brad Daugherty

Mark Price and Brad Daugherty

Mark Price and Brad Daugherty

Mark Price and Brad Daugherty

Mark Price and Brad Daugherty

Detroit Pistons

Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer

Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer

Terry Mills and Joe Dumars

Terry Mills and Joe Dumars

Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer

Indiana Pacers

Reggie Miller and Detlef Schrempf

Reggie Miller and Derrick Mckey

Reggie Miller and Derrick Mckey

Reggie Miller and Rik Smits

Reggie Miller and Derrick Mckey

Milwaukee Bucks

Brad Lohaus and Blue Edwards

Brad Lohaus and Blue Edwards

Vin Baker and Eric Murdock

Vin Baker and Eric Murdock

Brad Lohaus and Blue Edwards

Miami Heat

Rony Seikaly and Glen Rice

Rony Seikaly and Harold Miner

Rony Seikaly and Glen Rice

Rony Seikaly and Glen Rice

Rony Seikaly and Harold Miner

New Jersey Nets

Derrick Coleman and
Dražen Petrović

Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson

Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson

Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson

Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson

New York Knicks

Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley

Patrick Ewing and John Starks

Patrick Ewing and John Starks

Patrick Ewing and John Starks

Patrick Ewing and John Starks

Orlando Magic

Shaquille O’Neal and Scott Skiles

Nick Anderson and Scott Skiles

Nick Anderson and Penny Hardaway

Nick Anderson and Penny Hardaway

Nick Anderson and Scott Skiles

Philadelphia 76ers

Hersey Hawkins and Jeff Hornacek

Clarence Weatherspoon and Jeff Hornacek

Clarence Weatherspoon and Jeff Hornacek

Clarence Weatherspoon and Jeff Hornacek

Clarence Weatherspoon and Jeff Hornacek

Washington Bullets

Tom Gugliotta and Harvey Grant

Tom Gugliotta and Harvey Grant

Tom Gugliotta and Calbert Cheaney

Tom Gugliotta and Calbert Cheaney

Tom Gugliotta and Harvey Grant

Western Conference Teams

Team

Arcade

SNES/Genesis

Sega CD

Game Boy

Game Gear

Dallas Mavericks

Derek Harper and Mike Iuzzolino

Derek Harper and Jim Jackson

Derek Harper and Jamal Mashburn

Derek Harper and Jamal Mashburn

Derek Harper and Jim Jackson

Denver Nuggets

Dikembe Mutombo and LaPhonso Ellis

Dikembe Mutombo and LaPhonso Ellis

Dikembe Mutombo and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Dikembe Mutombo and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Dikembe Mutombo and LaPhonso Ellis

Golden State Warriors

Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin

Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin

Chris Webber and Latrell Sprewell

Chris Webber and Latrell Sprewell

Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin

Houston Rockets

Hakeem Olajuwon and Kenny Smith

Hakeem Olajuwon and Vernon Maxwell

Hakeem Olajuwon and Vernon Maxwell

Hakeem Olajuwon and Vernon Maxwell

Hakeem Olajuwon and Vernon Maxwell

Los Angeles Clippers

Danny Manning and Ron Harper

Danny Manning and Ron Harper

Pooh Richardson and Ron Harper

Pooh Richardson and Ron Harper

Danny Manning and Ron Harper

Los Angeles Lakers

Vlade Divac and James Worthy

Vlade Divac and James Worthy

Vlade Divac and Nick Van Exel

Vlade Divac and Nick Van Exel

Vlade Divac and James Worthy

Minnesota Timberwolves

Christian Laettner and Chuck Person

Christian Laettner and Chuck Person

Christian Laettner and Isaiah Rider

Christian Laettner and Isaiah Rider

Christian Laettner and Chuck Person

Phoenix Suns

Charles Barkley and Dan Majerle

Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson

Dan Majerle and Kevin Johnson

Dan Majerle and Kevin Johnson

Dan Majerle and Kevin Johnson

Portland Trail Blazers

Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter

Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter

Clyde Drexler and Cliff Robinson

Clyde Drexler and Cliff Robinson

Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter

Sacramento Kings

Wayman Tisdale and Spud Webb

Wayman Tisdale and Mitch Richmond

Wayman Tisdale and Mitch Richmond

Wayman Tisdale and Mitch Richmond

Wayman Tisdale and Mitch Richmond

San Antonio Spurs

David Robinson and Sean Elliot

David Robinson and Sean Elliot

David Robinson and Chuck Person

David Robinson and Dale Ellis

David Robinson and Dale Ellis

Seattle Super Sonics

Shawn Kemp and Benoit Benjamin

Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf

Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf

Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf

Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf

Utah Jazz

Karl Malone and John Stockton

Karl Malone and John Stockton

Karl Malone and John Stockton

Karl Malone and John Stockton

Karl Malone and John Stockton

Easter Eggs

Dražen Petrović haunts the arcade version of NBA Jam, allegedly.
  • Dražen Petrović died in a car accident between the game's home version port. It is believed that he haunts the arcade version of the game by causing the announcer to call his name out at random.
  • NBA Jam is well known for featuring many odd hidden characters that can be unlocked via the game's initial entry. Unlockable players include:
  • Bill Clinton
  • Al Gore
  • Sal Divita
  • Mark Turmell
  • NBA Jam also includes cheats that enhance a players stats, these include: always on fire, infinite turbo and super dunks.

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