Why the NBA Jam Franchise Should Be Revived

Updated on October 26, 2017
cameronpridmore profile image

Cameron Eittreim has been a licensed Bail Bondsmen for five years, and he is the author of American Bondsmen ISBN: 978-1-365-49244-0

Why the Legendary Series Should Make a Comeback

There are many games that have made an impact over the years, but one such series that is sorely missed is the NBA Jam franchise. Long before the NBA 2k franchise and the NBA Live franchise there was another choice for basketball fans who wanted a way to enjoy their favorite players on a game console. That choice was NBA Jam, a game that combined exciting and sometimes unrealistic gameplay with a large roster of licensed players and teams. Most modern video gamers from this generation will never truly understand the addictive gameplay that the NBA Jam franchise brought to the table.

The Dunks and Two-on-Two Faceoff:

The thing with NBA Jam was that it was not a traditional NBA title by any means, and most of the gameplay was not meant to mimic a real NBA game. For starters NBA Jam used a two on two systems, whereas NBA Live had all of the players on the court at any given time. The thing with NBA Jam was that it was so exciting and addictive to play that you really didn’t pay any attention to the fact that it was loosely based on reality.

The back and forth game play was so fast, and the quarters seemed like they flew by. The game even had an interesting half time show which would pop up and show the current gameplay stats. These were features not yet seen by a series in the past, and they really made for an interesting game. Who can forget the trademark dunks?

This is what made NBA Jam so memorable, most of the gameplay consisted of the special dunks that you could do. There were many different dunks that you were able to pull off, and each one consisted of the player catching on fire. These were definitely what made the gameplay worth it when you could dunk on your friend with a spectacular finisher.

The Commentary:

Another thing that made the NBA Jam franchise so unique was the commentary that would go on throughout the game. The commentary was funny and sometimes off the hook, with the announcers often saying boom shakalaka when you were able to land one of those crazily high dunks. This was just some of the funny commentary that would go on during gameplay, and they would also make comedic comments when you elbowed one of your opponents out of the way. This interested and comedic style of commentary just made the game more interesting.

Why Modern Day Consoles Can Benefit From NBA Jam:

NBA Jam combined addictive arcade game play with the element of real life basketball stars, creating a pick up and plays game that had a stellar amount of replay value. Most modern day video games either rely too heavily on online gameplay or intense graphics to sell the game, falling away from the simplistic yet fun arcade gameplay of yesteryear. The arcade style gameplay of NBA Jam was both memorable and fun, and many younger gamers of today would appreciate such a game bringing this arcade fun back home. There was an NBA Jam released back in 2010 for the Wii but this has been in the last title in seven years, and I think it is time for a reboot of the series.

How to Enjoy NBA Jam Right Now:

With the recent release of the Sega Genesis classic system, there is the ability to play Sega Genesis cartridges in the unit. This means that you can go out and purchase a used copy of the original NBA Jam for little to nothing and enjoy it right from the original system that it was offered on. The noteworthy thing about the original NBA Jam is that it was immensely popular in its heyday and even spawned a tournament edition release. You can also find NBA Jam relatively cheaply for the Gameboy Color console, and I have recently been playing this version and it is very much addictive as well.

There are also various ways to enjoy the series on your computer, via emulation of the classic consoles. Though this method is not necessarily the preferable method, it does allow you to enjoy every version of the game that has been released. Alternatively you can also download emulators for the android operating system that will allow you to play the classic NBA Jam titles right from the comfort of your phone or tablet. I think that most modern gamers should take the time to check out the NBA Jam franchise, it is definitely memorable and well worth taking the time to play.

Questions & Answers

    © 2017 Cameron Eittreim


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, levelskip.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://levelskip.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)