NBA Jam is one of my favorite games from my youth. Playing its brand of fast and fiery arcade basketball on my Super Nintendo and in the arcade was tough to beat back in the day, so it’s with open arms that I welcome NBA Jam on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It brings with it a few new modes (dubbed Remix modes) and the same classic art style, gameplay and announcer that we all know and love. Still, I can’t help but shake the feeling that this game missed its calling as a stellar release on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
For those that don’t know, NBA Jam was originally going to be packaged with NBA Elite 11 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 until EA Sports’ new basketball series had this year’s version cancelled. Now we’ve got a $50 version of NBA Jam that’s admittedly meatier than the pack-in version. It includes the Remix Modes that were enjoyed by Wii fans and it comes complete with online support for up to four players in any of the game’s modes.