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NBA Live 95
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Peripherals supported: 4 Way Play
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.95[1] 738101
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.99 E311SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E311SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E311SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E311SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 046900
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM95002JT



NBA Live 95 is Electronic Arts' officially licensed basketball game for 1995, and a successor to NBA Showdown '94. It was released for the Sega Mega Drive in late 1994. It is the first game to adopt the "NBA Live" moniker, which continues in EA's basketball products to this day.

Gameplay

Unlike EA's Madden franchise which largely iterated on the same engine year-on-year, NBA Live 95 is an entirely different basketball game to its predecessor (written by a different team at Hitmen Productions), and is now played from an isometric perspective, similar to FIFA International Soccer and its successors.

Licensing issues mean that Charles Barkley is replaced with a stand-in player; "A.C. Green".

History

Versions

As with the majority of EA console sports titles, the Mega Drive was the designated target platform for NBA Live 95 during development, before being ported to the Super NES. Primarily the difference between the two versions lies in screen resolution; the Mega Drive using the full 320x224 resolution available, while the SNES opting for 256x224. While menus and the HUD were adapted for the lower resolution of the SNES, the court and players were not, meaning less is viewable on screen and the gameplay is noticeably more "stretched" than its Mega Drive counterpart.

The Super NES version also misses some elements such as the star indicating which player is being controlled, and team members running onto the court as their names are listed at the beginning of the game. The scenery is also slightly more animated in the Mega Drive version.

Promotional material

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EGM² (US) #5: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #157: "December 1994" (1994-11-15)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #158: "January 1995" (1994-12-15)[4]
</div>
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CD Consoles (FR) #3: "Janvier 1995" (199x-xx-xx)
</div>
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Joypad (FR) #36: "Novembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
</div>
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MAN!AC (DE) #02/95 (1995-01-11)
</div>

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №36, p126/127[5]
77 №27, p62/63
83 №47, p147[6]
69 №62, p55[7]
83 №40, p54/55
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
5 reviews

Mega Drive, US
NBALive95 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
NBALive95 MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
NBA Live 95 MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
NBALive95 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
NBALive95 MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
NBALive95 MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, KR
NBALive95 MD KR cover.jpg
Cover
NBALive95 MD KR Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 66018abc
MD5 c997ae89f3417f5b3e702c84cf1275c4
SHA-1 f86bc9601751ac94119ab2f3ecce2029d5678f01
2MB 1994-10 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 779c1244
MD5 dbe3cb8f486debb2efb94b51ab33ae58
SHA-1 115c2e8cfa6bc45767ba47efc00aede424a6de66
2MB 1994-10 Cartridge (KR)

References

  1. File:GamePlayers US 0802.pdf, page 66
  2. File:GamePlayers US 0710.pdf, page 12
  3. File:SegaVisions US 22.pdf, page 47
  4. File:CVG UK 158.pdf, page 10
  5. File:Joypad FR 036.pdf, page 126
  6. File:PlayerOne FR 047.pdf, page 143
  7. File:SegaPower UK 62.pdf, page 55


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Soccer
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