Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs

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

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[2][3] 700401
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99

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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.[5] EA originally ran into legal troubles with the NBA when it came licensing the game in Europe[6], and likely recalled 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[7].

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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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #15: "October 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
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0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[10]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
68
[11]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
83
[12]
Console XS (UK) PAL
83
[13]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
88
[14]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
60
[15]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
100
[16]
Games-X (UK)
91
[17]
Joystick (FR)
93
[18]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-U
65
[19]
MegaTech (UK)
89
[20]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC
82
[21]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
89
[22]
Power Play (DE)
73
[23]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC-U
75
[24]
Sega Pro (UK)
80
[25]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
80
[26]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
70
[27]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
70
[3]
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
19 reviews

Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs

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Manual
Mega Drive, US (Hardcase)

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Mega Drive, EU
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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)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 e818b0aa
MD5 f5f767662c8583fe124bc9a100d4db68
SHA-1 324f061734708a22944c84dd4e69194d135497de
512kB EPROM cartridge Page

External links

References

  1. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/ebTedzqJ9P0/m/BeGiioCwuXcJ
  2. GamePro, "January 1991" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 47
  3. 3.0 3.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "January 1991" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 61
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 9
  5. https://www.retrocollect.com/Guides/pal-thunder-force-iii-and-the-controversial-sega-megadrive-releases.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-04-14 08:23)
  6. MegaTech, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-20), page 18
  7. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 8
  8. Sega Visions, "October/November 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 40
  9. Game Players Sega Guide!, "Vol. 1, No. 1: Fall 1990" (US; 1990-10-xx), page 2
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 111
  11. Aktueller Software Markt, "Juni 1991" (DE; 1991-05-31), page 119
  12. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 82
  13. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 131
  14. Computer & Video Games, "April 1991" (UK; 1991-03-16), page 90
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 26
  16. GamePro, "January 1991" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 46
  17. Games-X, "4th-10th July 1991" (UK; 1991-07-04), page 38
  18. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 168
  19. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  20. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 79
  21. MegaTech, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-20), page 41
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 139
  23. Power Play, "3/91" (DE; 1991-02-15), page 141
  24. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  25. Sega Pro, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-16), page 18
  26. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  27. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 101


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