Gamers have notoriously made fun of any video game involving sports due to game developers seemingly always coming out with a new one to replace the one from the year before. But back in the day of Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis (or Megadrive for those outside the US), there was surprisingly only a few sports games available. The most popular was arguably NBA Jam by Midway, which came out in 1993 on consoles and in arcades. It’s realistic digitized imagery, crazy narrator and off the wall, gameplays attracted sports nuts and gamers alike. With its 25th anniversary coming up, there may be a revival in the works thanks to Microsoft.
The game has seen a revival attempt back in 2010 since 2003 thanks to EA but it was originally meant to be paired with NBA Elite 11 and not as a full game. NBA Elite 11 ended up being delayed and EA decided to release NBA Jam as a standalone for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The game ended up with great reviews of the main downfall being there was no online support. EA still has rights to the game and with the 25th anniversary upon us, many are hoping this is a great sign of a real revival of the series.
Tim Kitzgrow, the original voice of the game, has made comments about a possible revival as he is currently working with Microsoft to get the ball rolling;
“I can’t speak anything to the specifics, but I can tell you there is movement in the works to get it done for the 25th year. So I’m hoping that we get a remake that does justice to the original.”
I was never much of a sports game fan, but I have played the original NBA Jam on the SNES and even played the 2010 version. I would love to see the game make a big comeback as the potential is very much there and the fan base is more than ready to see it happen. The next thing I have to wonder though, is I wonder what players should be picked to be in the revival?