NBA Jam

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NBA Jam
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Arena Entertainment (US, Europe), Acclaim Entertainment (Japan)
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega-CD
Team Player
Genre: Sports[1][2][3][4][5][6][7], Action[8]

















Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega-CD
1-4
Sega Game Gear
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,8008,800 T-81033
Sega Mega Drive
US
$64.9964.99[10] T-81326
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-81326-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.9944.99[12][13][14] T-81326-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$109.95109.95[15]
Sega Mega Drive
AU
(Sega Sport)
FNBA01SMC
OFLC: G
Sega Mega Drive
BR
046330
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥8,8008,800 T-81034
Sega Mega-CD
US
T-81035
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega-CD
EU
T-81035-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega-CD
PT
CD81035
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£44.9944.99[17] T-81035-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$69.9969.99 063376
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,8003,800 T-81037
Sega Game Gear
US
T-81248
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-81248-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£34.9934.99[21][20] T-81248-50

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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

Main article: NBA Jam/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
65 [22]
81 [23]
85 [24]
89 [25]
90 [26]
80 [27]
92 №58
60 №1994-05, p52
89 [28]
81 №20, p56-59
82 №11, p20/21
86 №27, p74/75
89 [29]
95 [30]
94 [12]
91 №52, p34/35
91 №30, p44/45
95 [31]
Sega Mega Drive
85
Based on
18 reviews

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, US
NBAJam MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Nbajam md us cart.jpg
Cart
NBA Jam MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (NBA Cards)
NBAJam MD US Box Cards.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, EU
NBAJam MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
NBAJam MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
NBAJam MD SE Box Rental.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, PT

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-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
93
[32]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
85
[33]
Mega (UK)
80
[17]
Mega (UK) PAL
80
[17]
Mega Fun (DE)
85
[34]
Mega Power (UK) PAL
84
[35]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
50
[36]
Player One (FR)
80
[37]
Sega Power (UK)
87
[38]
Sega Pro (UK)
86
[39]
Video Games (DE) PAL
83
[40]
VideoGames (US)
80
[41]
Sega Mega-CD
81
Based on
12 reviews
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, 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, PT

Mega-CD, BR
NBAJam MCD BR front.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR) PAL
81
[42]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
82
[19]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
87
[21]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
68
[43]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
75
[44]
Joypad (FR) PAL
84
[45]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
77
[46]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
81
[47]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
76
[20]
Player One (FR) PAL
75
[48]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
89
[49]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[50]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
85
[51]
Todo Sega (ES) PAL
82
[52]
Sega Game Gear
81
Based on
14 reviews
Game Gear, JP
NBAJam GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngNBAJam GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
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

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)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1993-04 Page
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
429,649,248 CD (EU) T-81035-50
Sega Mega-CD
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
429,700,992 CD (JP) T-81034
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
429,649,248 CD (US) T-81035
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 a49e9033
MD5 8aab7b6664b91dd272165997b6fd0161
SHA-1 e7c040a58c8d35bf5b5b556b2d3c55e7a5eb0550
512kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 820fa4ab
MD5 51ee14347b3f3633299511fa5e637164
SHA-1 30bdf6edfb1772054e15edefd69fbe16efd1797a
512kB Cartridge (US) (Alt)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 8f17597e
MD5 3bb261c05bda5e82708af1c361797134
SHA-1 2de5991810bad1a4120a2698530c66d4dbf16f7c
512kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. File:NBAJam MD JP Box.jpg
  2. File:NBAJam MD SE Box Rental.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  4. File:NBAJam GG JP Box Front.jpg
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/soft_licensee.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-01-01 20:24)
  6. File:NBAJam MCD JP Box Back.jpg
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://sega.jp/fb/segahard/mcd/soft_licensee.html (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-10 17:56)
  8. File:NBAJam GG EU Box Back.jpg
  9. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1994-03-04/sports/9403040667_1_nba-jam-nba-players-nba-video-game
  10. GamePro, "March 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 38
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Mean Machines Sega, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-02-28), page 3
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sega Magazine, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-15), page 94
  13. Computer & Video Games, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-15), page 63
  14. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-01-28), page 60
  15. Megazone, "February 1994" (AU; 1994-01-26), page 28
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 256
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Mega, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-12-30), page 60
  18. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1994-03-04/sports/9403040667_1_nba-jam-nba-players-nba-video-game (archive.today)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Computer & Video Games, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-15), page 80
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Mean Machines Sega, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-02-28), page 84
  21. 21.0 21.1 Computer & Video Games, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-15), page 112
  22. Beep! MegaDrive, "May 1994" (JP; 1994-04-08), page 16 (18)
  23. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
  24. Consoles +, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 110/111 (110)
  25. Computer & Video Games, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-15), page 76-77 (76)
  26. Computer & Video Games, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-15), page 112/115 (112)
  27. GamePro, "March 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 36-38 (38)
  28. Joypad, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 72/73 (72)
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-01-28), page 60-62 (60)
  30. Player One, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 48/49 (48)
  31. Sonic Mag: B.D. & Jeux-Video!, "Juin 1994" (FR; 1994-05-16), page 34/35 (36)
  32. GamePro, "January 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 64
  33. MAN!AC, "01/95" (DE; 1994-12-07), page 60
  34. Mega Fun, "01/95" (DE; 1994-12-21), page 40
  35. Mega Power, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-20), page 24
  36. Next Generation, "February 1995" (US; 1995-01-24), page 99
  37. Player One, "Janvier 1995" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 118
  38. Sega Power, "January 1995" (UK; 1994-11-17), page 82
  39. Sega Pro, "October 1994" (UK; 1994-09-08), page 48
  40. Video Games, "2/95" (DE; 1995-01-18), page 98
  41. VideoGames, "January 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 93
  42. Consoles +, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 118
  43. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 46
  44. GamePro, "March 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 41
  45. Joypad, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 74
  46. Mega Fun, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-20), page 117
  47. Mega Play, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 48
  48. Player One, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 109
  49. Sega Power, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-xx-xx), page 60
  50. Sega Pro, "Easter 1994" (UK; 1994-03-24), page 68
  51. Sega Zone, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-24), page 64
  52. Todo Sega, "Mayo 1994" (ES; 1994-xx-xx), page 50


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