EA Officially Announces NBA Jam

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Posted by Jeff (3577 posts) -
Someone get Tim Kitzrow on the phone. 
With little more than a logo and some sort of assurance that the final product will mix the old and the new, Electronic Arts has officially announced EA Sports NBA Jam, a revival of the classic arcade basketball franchise started by Midway and later dragged through the mud by Acclaim. Midway then went on to further develop its arcade basketball chops with NBA Hangtime and NBA Showtime before eventually ditching these Jam-based games in favor of the NBA Ballers series.

The released information has very little to say about what the new NBA Jam will be, though it's very careful to point out that it's going to stay "true to the original" and that it "mixes the old school with the new." Here's what Peter Moore has to say about all this:

“NBA JAM is one of the most recognizable franchises in videogame 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.”

On the game's official site, there's little more than a logo and a pair of guys selecting three-man teams that they'd like to use in the new game. While there's nothing firm out there on the topic, it seems safe to assume that the new NBA Jam will be a three-on-three game. There's also no confirmation on Mark Turmell's involvement. Turmell, who recently joined EA's Tiburon studio, is one of the men behind the original NBA Jam. The game, however, is being developed in Vancouver at EA Canada.

EA Sports NBA Jam is currently in development for the Wii and scheduled to be released in 2010.    
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#1 Posted by Jeff (3577 posts) -
Someone get Tim Kitzrow on the phone. 
With little more than a logo and some sort of assurance that the final product will mix the old and the new, Electronic Arts has officially announced EA Sports NBA Jam, a revival of the classic arcade basketball franchise started by Midway and later dragged through the mud by Acclaim. Midway then went on to further develop its arcade basketball chops with NBA Hangtime and NBA Showtime before eventually ditching these Jam-based games in favor of the NBA Ballers series.

The released information has very little to say about what the new NBA Jam will be, though it's very careful to point out that it's going to stay "true to the original" and that it "mixes the old school with the new." Here's what Peter Moore has to say about all this:

“NBA JAM is one of the most recognizable franchises in videogame 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.”

On the game's official site, there's little more than a logo and a pair of guys selecting three-man teams that they'd like to use in the new game. While there's nothing firm out there on the topic, it seems safe to assume that the new NBA Jam will be a three-on-three game. There's also no confirmation on Mark Turmell's involvement. Turmell, who recently joined EA's Tiburon studio, is one of the men behind the original NBA Jam. The game, however, is being developed in Vancouver at EA Canada.

EA Sports NBA Jam is currently in development for the Wii and scheduled to be released in 2010.    
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#2 Posted by Jost1 (2077 posts) -

HE'S ON FIRE

#3 Posted by Toxin066 (3289 posts) -

Oh HELL yes.

#4 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

BOOM SHACKA-LACKA!

#5 Edited by Linkyshinks (9880 posts) -

 I think Mark Turmell will return, ESPN's sources have been right so far.  
 
I will get this on Wii.

#6 Posted by guilherme (332 posts) -

Big head mode!

#7 Posted by Mikewrestler5 (602 posts) -

:)

#8 Posted by TheJollyRajah (1576 posts) -

HOLY CRAP! I loved those games growing up! Definitely can't wait yo! My favorite basketball game of all time!

#9 Posted by mikeeegeee (1562 posts) -

Can't BUY a bucket

#10 Posted by sopranosfan (1935 posts) -

I love the original.   I still occasionally blow out the old cartridge for a round or two.  I hope they do a good job with this....but I am a little skeptical.

#11 Posted by TheHBK (5486 posts) -

ah man, 2 man teams bitches, 2 man teams.  I would hope they could include options to choose 2 or 3 man teams.

#12 Posted by Ennui (6 posts) -

I hope this paves the way for a new NFL Blitz game

#13 Posted by DRE7777 (398 posts) -

This would be awesome except its going to be developed for the Wii......who ever made that decision is a complete idiot. 
 
Give me a NBA Jam game with the graphics and capabilities of a game on the 360 and PS3 and I am really excited. Give me a NBA Jam game with the probability of there being stupid Wii controls, poor graphics, and a less in depth or complex experience and I say fuck you.

#14 Posted by hannibal493 (13 posts) -

yeah i would have liked it for the xbla
#15 Edited by TheAdmin (713 posts) -

I don't like sports games. I don't play them. I had NBA Jam. Enough said...   also, "He's on Fire!", " Can't Buy a bucket!", "Is it the shoes?"

#16 Posted by Milkman (16810 posts) -

HE'S HEATING UP!

#17 Edited by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -

this makes sense now because EA has released the NHL Arcade, the Madden NFL Arcade, and so should we just consider this the NBA Arcade AKA NBA JAM?  Or is it going to be a full $60 release? 
 
 
 
oh wait... FUCK 
 
Wii?! 
fuck that shit. 

#18 Posted by GreggD (4505 posts) -

I really hope this goes multiplatform. I'd much rather play it on my 360.

#19 Posted by cap123 (2477 posts) -

aw wut no xbox release? i would buy the hell out of this, great memories of this and hangtime..

#20 Edited by Stephen_Von_Cloud (1530 posts) -

I think EA is underrating the appeal of the NBA Jam name.  This should be multiplatform.

#21 Posted by MeatSim (10861 posts) -

I could go for some arcade Basketball but on the Wii?

#22 Posted by dibiase77 (77 posts) -

HE PUT THE NAIL IN THE COFFIN!

#23 Posted by dyslekt (281 posts) -

Is it good or just nostalgia?

#24 Posted by Stephen_Von_Cloud (1530 posts) -
@dyslekt said:
" Is it good or just nostalgia? "
I play some NBA Jam on occasion and it is legitimately still very fun.  Could it use some more depth?  Yes, and EA seems to realize that, but the core gameplay is still fun despite how basic it is.
#25 Posted by Tuggah (1072 posts) -

I am sad they aren't releasing the original NBA Jam on XBLA (or the PSN fro you PS3 kids)

#26 Posted by Crono (2670 posts) -
@Tuggah said:
" I am sad they aren't releasing the original NBA Jam on XBLA (or the PSN fro you PS3 kids) "
Agreed.
 
I loved the original - played it all the time on the SNES, but I can't help but wonder if it is another game that is better to preserve as a memory than to re-imagine as a "modern" game.
#27 Posted by Grimace (376 posts) -

Forget this.  
NBA Hangtime on XBLA/PSN -  make it so.

#28 Posted by dyslekt (281 posts) -
@Stephen_Von_Cloud said:
" @dyslekt said:
" Is it good or just nostalgia? "
I play some NBA Jam on occasion and it is legitimately still very fun.  Could it use some more depth?  Yes, and EA seems to realize that, but the core gameplay is still fun despite how basic it is. "
Cool, lets see what they do. Just tired of being burt by nostalgia. 
#29 Posted by Maxszy (2064 posts) -

Only on the Wii? WTF? I would totally buy this (if it is fairly decent) if it were to come out for the 360. Doesn't make sense its Wii only, especially considering coming from EA!

#30 Posted by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

Only on the Wii, though? Disappointing.

#31 Posted by get2sammyb (6412 posts) -

I'll probably get this.

#32 Posted by lilarchie232 (728 posts) -

=)

#33 Posted by zigaroo (87 posts) -

I was so excited until I read it was just for the Wii.
 
Stupid EA. :(

#34 Posted by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -
#35 Posted by TripMasterMunky (2403 posts) -
@Crono said:
" @Tuggah said:
" I am sad they aren't releasing the original NBA Jam on XBLA (or the PSN fro you PS3 kids) "
Agreed.  I loved the original - played it all the time on the SNES, but I can't help but wonder if it is another game that is better to preserve as a memory than to re-imagine as a "modern" game. "
Yeah it seems like NBA Jam would be better revived as a remade title on XBLA/PSN. Nostalgia would play a big part in it, even if they were to update the graphics and update rosters. A classic NBA Jam remake is the NBA Jam people would probably actually care about.
#36 Posted by zigaroo (87 posts) -
@TripMasterMunky: My eyes would bleed of joy for a 720/1080p version of NBA Jam that's downloaded from XBLA/PSN.
 
Oh well, 'tis fun to dream.
#37 Posted by Bigbombomb (677 posts) -

FROM DOWNTOWN! BOOMSHAKALAKA! 
That's all I need to hear and this game will be perfect. 
Also, I agree with some of you saying that the original version of the game should be released on the Xbox/PS3/Wii.

#38 Posted by PopeAnonymousVII (112 posts) -

Would be much better to put one of the better past games on the XBLA and PSN with online play.

#39 Edited by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -

Only on wii? lol wow EA fucked them selves.
Imagine that in Tim Kitzrow's voice.
 
EA fucked them SELVES!

#40 Posted by Tuggah (1072 posts) -
@TripMasterMunky said:
" @Crono said:
" @Tuggah said:
" I am sad they aren't releasing the original NBA Jam on XBLA (or the PSN fro you PS3 kids) "
Agreed.  I loved the original - played it all the time on the SNES, but I can't help but wonder if it is another game that is better to preserve as a memory than to re-imagine as a "modern" game. "
Yeah it seems like NBA Jam would be better revived as a remade title on XBLA/PSN. Nostalgia would play a big part in it, even if they were to update the graphics and update rosters. A classic NBA Jam remake is the NBA Jam people would probably actually care about. "
I would just want a straight up port. With the same graphics, same AI, same sounds, same everything.
#41 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

God - I loved NBA Jam back in the day...
 
What about the NBA Street franchise? That was pretty close to NBA Jam in terms of gameplay and tone... and I loved it just as much.
 
Anyways - I might be up for some arcady fun Basketball! Bring it on.

#42 Posted by Rayfield (2097 posts) -

If this was an HD remake of the original with online play on XBLA, it would be the downloadable game of the year. 
 
But it's not. It's on the Wii. What the hell?
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#43 Posted by newblacknoise (29 posts) -

Adding voice to chorus: Only on the Wii? Well played, EA, well played. No, wait, I meant the opposite of that... 
 
Also, I will have no interest in this (no matter what the platform) if they don't have the same announcer doing the classic lines. If they get some new kid in to bastardize it, forget it.

#44 Edited by Aldrenar47 (78 posts) -

IS IT THE SHOES?

#45 Posted by Kenobi (377 posts) -

Having this on the Wii is hard.  The only reason this game was fun for me was I had people to play it with.  Wii basically cripples that, plus I don't think online play would be a good fit.

#46 Posted by snetErz (120 posts) -

Not to run on the "Only on Wii" parade here, but from what I have read, no where does it say its only on the Wii. They have merely stated that it is in development for the Wii and has a 2010 release date. While one could simply conclude that it is a Wii only release, one could still assume it might come to 360/PS3, and has simply not been announced yet. Perhaps its just a quick news shot, to see how people react, and maybe they will then announce the 360/PS3 version based on said reaction.
 
Just being a little optimistic here.

#47 Posted by DrWhat (285 posts) -

This would be such a great Xbox title.
 
Goddamn.

#48 Posted by DukesT3 (1917 posts) -

whooaaaaaaaaaa!!!! 

#49 Posted by George_Hukas (1317 posts) -

This is going to either be totally or awesome or totally blow.. I see no available middle ground.

#50 Posted by lukusluke (99 posts) -

This calls for a Giant Bomb classic NBA Jam in office tournament!

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