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Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs

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Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] 700401
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas



Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs is a 1989 basketball game for IBM PCs by Electronic Arts. EA ported it to the Sega Mega Drive in 1990. Lakers versus Celtics was the first basketball game to be licensed by the NBA (though curiously acquired the players' name rights without going through the NBA Players Association). For its time, Lakers versus Celtics was considered to be the top basketball video game on the market, and was highly received by the press.

The Mega Drive version, though very similar to the original DOS game in nature, makes some slight adjustments to reflect the teams taking part in the 1990 NBA Playoffs (as opposed to the original's 1989 roster). As a result, the Seattle SuperSonics, New York Knicks and Jazz are replaced with the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively.

Though the North American version of the game is relatively common (as are its "sequels", Bulls vs Lakers and the NBA Playoffs and Bulls versus Blazers and the NBA Playoffs), the European version of the game is abnormally rare, to the point where for many years, its existence was widely doubted. It has been suggested that EA originally ran into legal troubles when it came licensing the game in Europe, and may have had to recall copies of the game shortly after release. According to an old Electronic Arts spreadsheet 192 copies of the game left EA but only 13 are known to have surfaced. A copy went on sale on ebay on 26 June 2017 attracting bids above £9000. Supposedly it was set to be re-released as EA Basketball in 1992, though this never happened[4].

Production credits

  • Genesis Programming by: Jesse K.Taylor IV, Carl Mey, John Tomlinson
  • Graphics and Animation by: Paul Vernon, Arthur Koch, Cynthia Hamilton, Peggy Brennan
  • Sound and Music by: Rob Hubbard
  • Technical Director: Richard Hicks
  • Produced by: Don Traeger and Jim Rushing
  • Assistant Producers: Jon Horsley, Michael Meischeid, Happy Keller
  • Original Design by: Robert Weatherby
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #15: "October 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №113, p90-92[7]
100 №18, p44-45[8]
91 №11
93 №18, p168[9]
65 №5, p93
89 №1, p79[10]
80 №23, p53
80 №4, p18[11]
80 №18, p66
Sega Mega Drive
85
Based on
9 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
LakersVersusCeltics MD US cart.jpg
Cart
Lakers Vs Celtics MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
LakersVersusCeltics MD US cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0e33fc75
MD5 1c224caf835ad4c19f9477dc5d1e9086
SHA-1 b70b5f884dd7b26ffe2d6d50625dd61fec8f2899
512kB 1990-07 Cartridge (US/EU)

External links


References


Electronic Arts sports games for Sega systems
American Football
John Madden Football (1990) | John Madden Football '92 (1991) | John Madden Football '93 (1992) | John Madden Football: Championship Edition (1992) | Mutant League Football (1993) | Madden NFL '94 (1993) | Bill Walsh College Football (1993) | Bill Walsh College Football '95 (1994) | Madden NFL '95 (1994) | Madden NFL 96 (1995) | College Football USA 96 (1995) | Madden NFL 97 (1996) | College Football USA 97 (1996) | Madden NFL 98 (1997)
Baseball
Tony La Russa Baseball (1993) | MLBPA Baseball (1994) | La Russa Baseball 95 (1994) | Triple Play 96 (1995) | Triple Play: Gold Edition (1996)
Basketball
Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs (1990) | Bulls vs Lakers and the NBA Playoffs (1991) | Jordan vs Bird (1992) | Team USA Basketball (1992) | Bulls versus Blazers and the NBA Playoffs (1993) | NBA Showdown '94 (1994) | NBA Live 95 (1994) | NBA Live 96 (1995) | Coach K College Basketball (1995) | NBA Live 97 (1996) | NBA Live 98 (1997)
Golf
Zany Golf (1990) | PGA Tour Golf (1990) | PGA Tour Golf II (1992) | PGA Tour Golf III (1994) | PGA European Tour (1994) | PGA Tour 96 (1995) | PGA Tour 97 (1996)
Ice Hockey
NHL Hockey (Mega Drive) (1991) | NHLPA Hockey '93 (1992) | NHL Hockey '94 (1993) | Elitserien 95 (1994) | Mutant League Hockey (1994) | NHL 95 (1994) | Elitserien 96 (1995) | NHL 96 (1995) | NHL Hockey (Game Gear) (1995) | NHL 97 (Mega Drive) (1996) | NHL 97 (Saturn) (1996) | NHL 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | NHL 98 (Saturn) (1997)
Racing
Mario Andretti Racing (1994) | Andretti Racing (1996) | NASCAR 98 (1997)
Rugby
Rugby World Cup 1995 (1994) | Australian Rugby League (1995)
Soccer
FIFA International Soccer (8-bit) (1993) | FIFA International Soccer: Championship Edition (1994) | FIFA Soccer 95 (1994) | FIFA Soccer 96 (32X | Saturn) (1995) | FIFA Soccer 97 (Gold Edition) (1996) | FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Saturn) (1997)
Misc.
EA Sports Double Header (1992) | IMG International Tour Tennis (1994) | Toughman Contest (1994)