NBA Jam is a series of arcade-style basketball games featuring unrealistic arcade action. Featuring teams from the National Basketball Association, NBA Jam is the prime example of taking a sports game that usually attempts realistic simulations of the sport and creating a fun, unique experience for fans of arcade and sports games alike.
The original NBA Jam was developed and released by Midway for the arcades in 1993. After success of both the arcade and console versions, they released an updated version, NBA Jam Tournament Edition. While developing a third incarnation of the NBA Jam series, Acclaim acquired exclusive rights to the name, forcing Midway to rename it to NBA Hangtime.
The console versions of the original NBA Jam and NBA Jam Tournament Edition was published by Acclaim, who went on to acquire exclusive rights to the NBA Jam name and develop several lackluster games (with very little in common with the original games). These are NBA Jam Extreme, NBA Jam 99, NBA Jam 2000, and NBA Jam. Acclaim also used the engine used in the console versions of NBA Jam Tournament Edition to develop College Slam.
A revival of the NBA Jam franchise was developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts's EA Sports division for the Wii on October 5, 2010. The game was also made available to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 via download codes bundled with new copies of NBA Elite 11. Inspired by retro revivals of other video game franchises, the concept of this revival was to bring the series back to its original Midway roots. EA Canada has received some insight from the designer and programmer of the original game, Mark Turmell. (who at the time worked for EA Tiburon)