(E3 2010) NBA Jam – Hands-On First Impressions

E3 2010 Hands-On First Impressions with hattrick

Game: NBA Jam
System: Wii

When Midway Games went under, many probably gave up hope that NBA Jam would ever make a return. Others were happy, perhaps, after seeing the later versions (i.e. NBA Jam 99).  Never could we have guessed that EA would pick up the license and bring the classic back to its roots.  Even less would have assumed it would be a Wii-exclusive.  However, that is exactly what they have done in the newest NBA Jam title.  I was able to get my hands on it in 2 games. The first was a bit confusing.  It took me about 2-3 quarters to finally get the hang of the controls (playing with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk).  After a while, though, it felt great.  Probably the only thing that really got me was that the steal button was B, but I wanted to waggle (an unfortunate byproduct of my experience with other [bad] games).  The game looked really good, as they have really melded the classic style with a new shiny polish.  Another thing I noticed, as others have, is how fun it was.  I did not know the other guys I played with, but before long, we were screaming and really getting into the game.  Not only did NBA Jam look and feel good, it pretty much fits the mold of how most fans would want it.  Personally, I can hardly wait until this one hits the shelves this fall.  I just hope they also include online play.

In the above video, I was playing as Rondo from the Celtics, and we won…even though the real game did not turn out the same way in the end.

About the author:

Steve has been a Nintendo fan since the NES. He currently owns a NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, GameBoy, DS, DSi, 3DS, and 3DS XL. His favorite types of games are action platformers and multiplayer “party” games. Overall, he loves a game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours, and if that can be shared with friends, it is even better.

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