The trailer for the new NBA Jam brings back classic memories of some of the best basketball games ever.
The trailer for the reincarnation of NBA Jam was released last week and it looks to have all the great elements of the original. Of course, NBA Jam was one of the greatest video games of all time so hopefully the new edition that will be released later this year on Nintendo Wii can live up to the name. Until its release, let's take a look at the top 5 greatest NBA video games of all time...
5. Jordan vs Bird: One-on-One
Who was the greatest basketball player of all time? The debate was hot. Some thought it was Larry Bird and some thought it was Michael Jordan. To settle that argument, Jordan and Bird faced off in a game of 1-on-1 on the Nintendo console or Sega Genesis.
The Sega Dreamcast is the most underrated game console of all time. It brought great exclusive titles such as Sonic Adventure and Shenmue. It was also the birth place of the 2K franchise. It is a difficult choice but 2K2 was the best of the franchise. It had smooth animations, good controls, and good graphics for the time. Post play gave the game a whole new element but taking it in and throwing it down was always the best.
This is one of the top basketball games ever because of two words: Michael Jordan. After years of having to use a guy named "Player" with #99 in games, Air Jordan finally authorized his character come back in a video game in NBA Live 2000. Users picked an NBA player to take on Jordan in a seemingly impossible game of 1-on-1 in a street court. When he was beat, players could finally have a chance to control Michael Jordan.
2. NBA Street
NBA Street took elements from classic games such as NBA Jam and combined them with NBA basketball and the then-popular And 1 street style ball. Users created a new player to work his way up to some of the most famous streetball courts around the country, adding new players from defeated teams along the way. Amazing dribbles, spectacular dunks, fresh styles, and challenging bosses always makes for a great game.
1. NBA Jam Tournament Edition
Go ahead, say it. BOOM SHAKALAKA! There is no denying the greatness of NBA Jam T.E. It really put basketball gaming on the map. Surprisingly, Shaq and Charles Barkley did not sign off on this game because they were each pushing their own awesome games (Shaq Fu, Charles Barkley's Shut Up and Jam). However, they needed the game more than it needed them. 2-on-2 basketball action was never better. Perhaps the greatest part of this game was the codes. You could play as Mortal Kombat characters such as Sub-Zero (although they were removed in later versions due to controversy with the violence of their game), Bill Clinton, or Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff. Hopefully, the newest NBA Jam uses the same elements as the classic arcade style basketball game.
Honorable Mention: Shaq Fu, Double Dribble, Arch Rivals, NBA Showtime, Charles Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden (awesome fan-made RPG available for download online)