The Game Guys check out NBA JAM on the Wii

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  • "NBA JAM" for the Nintendo Wii.
  • "NBA JAM" from 1993.
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Gamers growing up in the mid-1990's probably have fond memories of playing Midway's arcade game NBA JAM at their local pizza joint.  More than a decade and a half later and the game returns, this time produced by Electronic Arts.

While this new version of the once-popular arcade pro-basketball title doesn't feature Michael Jordan, Larry Bird or even Bill Clinton it does have all of the current NBA teams and those team's top stars such as the Sacramento Kings' Tyreke Evans and Carl Landry taking on the L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.  For the sake of comparison, in 1993 that same team-on-team matchup would have seen the Kings' Wayman Tisdale and Spud Webb going up against Los Angeles' Vlade Divac and James Worthy.

While this new Wii version of the game utilizes the console's motion controls to perform some of the in-game maneuvers such as shooting the ball or dunking, the new NBA JAM still has a lot of the same arcade-like feel with its two-on-two gameplay, over-the-top animations and the shouts of catch-phrases such as "He's on fire!" and "Boom goes the dynamite!".

"It's nothing but fun," says Nintendo of America's Dave Young.  "and you can mix it up."

There's a very good chance that NBA JAM will be the only NBA-licenced game on the Wii this year since EA Sports has cancelled NBA Elite 11 and 2K Sports' NBA 2K11 is only on the PS3 and Xbox 360.  If that is indeed so, it's not a bad option.

- Game Guy Barry White


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