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NBA Jam
Publisher: Arena (US/EU), Acclaim (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Game Gear
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Team Player
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2/1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,800 T-81033
Sega Mega Drive
US
$64.99[1] T-81326
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£49.99[3] T-81326-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-81326-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-81326-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-81326-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU (Sega Sport)
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 046330



Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥8,800 T-81034
Sega Mega-CD
US
$? T-81035
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£44.99 T-81035-50
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F T-81035-50
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM ? T-81035-50
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas T-81035-50
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$69,99 063376



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,800 T-81037
Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-81248
Sega Game Gear
UK
£34.99[6][7] T-81248-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-81248-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-81248-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-81248-50



NBA Jam (NBA ジャム) is the first in a series of basketball games which carry the NBA license. Unlike the later NBA Live or NBA 2K series, the NBA Jam series is known for being more "arcade style", with faster gameplay and fewer players on screen, along with highly exaggerated dunks. The first game was released in 1993 in arcades and then ported (among other consoles) to the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear and Sega Mega-CD. A Sega Master System version was also planned at one stage, but was cancelled.

Later, a sequel to NBA Jam named NBA Jam Tournament Edition was released on Sega consoles.

Gameplay

The game puts two players per team on the basketball court. There are no fouls and most restrictive rules are not used with the exception of goal tending, which is not allowed, and the shot clock. Three buttons are used and their use varies depending on if on offense or defense. One button will activate turbo, another will shoot/dunk when on offense or block on defense, another will pass on offense or steal/shove on defense. Making three shots in a row leads to the player being "on fire" which gives the player unlimited turbo, no goaltending, and increase shooting ability.

Unlike later games it is not possible to swap players at halftime.

The Sega Mega-CD version features an updated player roster, but is plagued by longer loading times.

Magazine articles

Main article: NBA Jam/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 054.pdf

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GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)

VideoGames US 61.pdf

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VideoGames (US) #61: "February 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

MegaPlay US 20.pdf

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Mega Play (US) #20: "February 1994" (199x-xx-xx)

SegaVisions US 17.pdf

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Sega Visions (US) #17: "February/March 1994" (199x-xx-xx)

EGM US 057.pdf

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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  • GamePro (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[9]

MeanMachinesSega18UK.pdfMeanMachinesSega18UK.pdf

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Mean Machines Sega (UK) #18: "April 1994" (1994-02-28)

CVG UK 150.pdfCVG UK 150.pdf

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Computer & Video Games (UK) #150: "May 1994" (1994-04-15)

PlayerOne FR 040.pdf

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Player One (FR) #40: "Mars 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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  • Player One (FR) #42: "Mai 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[10]













  • Joypad (FR) #29: "Mars 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[11]

Hyper AU 003.pdf

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Hyper (AU) #3: "February 1994" (199x-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №30, p110/111[12]
89 №148, p76-77[13]
90 №153, p112/115[6]
80 №56, p36-38[1]
92 №58
89 №29, p72/73[14]
81 №20, p56-59
82 №11, p20/21
86 №27, p74/75
89 №17, p60-62[15]
95 №40, p48/49[16]
94 №3, p94
91 №52, p34/35
91 №30, p44/45
95 №3, p34/35[17]
Sega Mega Drive
89
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US
NBAJam MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
NBA Jam MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
NBAJam MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
NBAJam MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
NBAJam MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
NBAJam MD JP CartTop.jpg
NBAJam MD JP Cart Back.jpgNBAJam MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU (Sega Sport)
NBAJam MD AU Box SegaSport.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
NBAJam MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
NBAJam MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
NBA Jam MD BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (rental)
NBAJam MD SE Box Rental.jpg
Cover

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №28, p60
60 №2, p101[18]
80 №49, p118[19]
87 №62, p82[20]
86 №38, p48/49
Sega Mega-CD
79
Based on
5 reviews

Mega-CD, US
NBAJam MCD US Box Back.jpgNBAJam MCD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
NBAJam MCD US Disc.jpg
Disc
Nbajam mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
NBAJam MCD EU Box Back.jpgNBAJam MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
NBAJam MCD EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, JP
NBAJam MCD JP Box Back.jpgNBAJam MCD JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
NBAJamCD MCD JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
NBAJam MCD JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Mega-CD, BR
NBAJam MCD BR front.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 №30, p118[21]
82 №148, p80[8]
87 №153, p112/115[6]
75 №56, p39[22]
84 №29, p74[23]
76 №18, p84/85[7]
75 №40, p109[24]
89 №52, p60/61
88 №31, p68/69
Sega Game Gear
82
Based on
9 reviews

Game Gear, US
NBAJam GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngNBAJam GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
NBAJam GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Nbajam gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
NBAJam GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngNBAJam GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
NBAJam GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
NBAJam GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 eb8360e6
MD5 234bf02f7f7b6fdad65890424d3a8a8f
SHA-1 55f2b26a932c69b2c7cb4f24f56b43f24f113a7c
2MB 1994-01 Cartridge v01
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 10fa248f
MD5 338b8ed45e02d96f1ed31eaab59eaf43
SHA-1 99c5bc57fdea7f9df0cd8dec54160b162342344d
2MB 1993-12 Cartridge v00
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a6c6305a
MD5 d72f13bc94ad76c90deef86d5a138ff6
SHA-1 2a88b2e1ecf115fa6246397d829448b755a5385e
2MB 1986-02 Cartridge (JP)

References


NBA Jam games for Sega systems
NBA Jam (1994) | NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1994) | NBA Jam Extreme (1996)
NBA Jam spin-off games for Sega systems
College Slam (1996) | NBA Hang Time (1996)