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  • Summary: Featuring gameplay that is true to the original, NBA JAM has players spinning with ankle breaking moves to the basket and on the way to high-flying, backboard-smashing dunks. In addition to the classic experience, EA SPORTS NBA JAM also introduces new game modes, characters and gameplay depth. [Electronic Arts] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Oct 25, 2010
    100
    NBA Jam is good for you. Find it, play it, love it.
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    EA's NBA Jam revival is not only a ridiculously good time, but it's among the best arcade sports games on any platform this generation.
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    83
    While the game is solid, it does feel weird to be "on fire" and hear BOOM-SHAKALAKA without thinking about the original NBA Jam. Younger audiences are sure enjoy it to the bone but to old timers, this new version of JAM feels more like a friendly hug rather than the first kiss from back in the day.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Fans that have been clamoring for this NBA Jam's arrival since its announcement will be absolutely thrilled with the end result, in spite of the game's unevenness. To everyone else, the title will be nothing more than a slightly updated 16-bit era game that cashes in on memories of a day long gone.
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    79
    Fans of the original NBA Jam will gladly welcome this reboot, which stays definitely true to its roots: people acquainted with more modern titles, however, might find it hard to get along with such an old-school gameplay.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    75
    As a solo experience it can come off as repetitive and robotic. When played against friends it's an absolute riot.
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    NBA Jam is a 100% arcade basketball game which is doing what we expect from it, but nothing more.

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  1. Oct 10, 2010
    10
    great game. It has the glitter of the arcade basketball game. 2011 is a very exciting basketball season and this is a great game. This game is for everyone, not just basketball fans Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2010
    10
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  3. Apr 20, 2011
    10
    Ok, so my buddies and I have logged many (hundreds) of hours playing the original jam series on both consoles and a full arcade. As for this game, the use of the wii controller is AWESOME, and adds a new level of play to the game. The feel of actually timing a slam is exillerating and playing this game in multiplayer mode with buddies is a ton of fun. The one problem I have with this game (and it's a big one) is the fact that when you Get on Fire....it means nothing. In the original game, when you were playing with your buddies, it was all about getting on fire....so by taking away the concept of getting on fire and not missing a shot so you can take the lead or catch up...really takes away from the game. However this is still really a fun game and I highly recommend it for any system (I have it for my PS3 too). But Please EA drop us a patch to make getting on fire worth the effort...a toggle setting...something. Expand
  4. Oct 6, 2010
    9
    Action basketball at it's finest. This is a reminder as to why/how the NBA differentiates itself from other big leagues! Exciting and funny, and yet hip and cool this will a party favorite for my friends and I. Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2010
    7
    NBA Jam 2010 has that glitter of an arcade basketball shootout and has stayed true to their roots. However, I find the lack of control options to be intolerable. I don't want to use the nunchuck and I shouldn't have to for a game as simple as this. So I decided to use my classic controller. This is where Nintendo really lost me as a fan of the franchise; the original NBA Jam let you map buttons on the controls to your liking. Here, they are chosen for you. And whoever chose these controls should get fired. Only one of the Z buttons acts as turbo, meaning the L and R buttons that I'm used to, do Nothing. Each of the buttons you need to press in the Camp are for using the Nunchuck and it isn't smart enough to know you are using the classic controller, so you have to figure it out on your own. I shouldn't have to say this, but it's 2010 people, give us options and when you think we have enough options for gameplay give us More! What's worse is they took out the Team Member Tag option, so you are Forced to play with the AI on your team! So now I'm having to tell him what to do all the time and it doesn't always work out and in turn, I don't have complete control of the game like I used to. The other game modes are nice and do add some more depth to the game. 7/10; Disappointing and I stopped playing it after I logged about 5 hours. Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2010
    6
    I feel saddened by the step backwards this promising title has taken. I am one of the lucky ones that had the pleasure to revel in this games splendor the first time round...Sadly this version takes a disappointing step backwards. For a start some of the things i remember being great from the original are lacking NOTICEABLY! The old campaign mode worked a season towards a playoff scenario style table. This....just pits you against all the times one after the other with a lack of home games. I also seem to remember a stack load more stats to check yourself out on per game, again lacking. Also you used to be rewarded with player of the match....REALLY the wii version couldn't fit these features on the disc. Also repetitive music, for crying out loud, change the bloomin track, is a wii disc really smaller than a SNES cart in capacity (sarcastic by the way!). In fact as small as the space was on the SNES game you were treated to half time shows (video reel clips) and quarterly stats, all again missing from this wii version. Finally the old game seemed to have at least 4x the amount of unlockable players (will hold my breath on this as its early still and "special" ways to unlock others may crawl out the woodwork). All in all, for me anyways, some of the features that made this series great are missing and this is completely unacceptable especially for the price tag. Expand