NBA Jam Extreme

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NBA Jam Extreme
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment
Distributor: Roadshow Interactive (AU)
Licensor: NBA Properties
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (1 track)
Peripherals supported: 6Player, Saturn Floppy Drive
Genre: Sports[1][2] (basketball)

Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥5,8005,800 T-8122G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
USK: 6
Sega Saturn
£44.9944.99[5] T-8151H-50
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
Non-Sega versions

NBA Jam Extreme (NBA JAM エクストリーム) is a 1996 arcade game by Acclaim, an entry in the NBA Jam series (and the last to see release on a Sega platform). It was ported to the Sega Saturn by Sculptured Software in 1997, and introduces full real-time 3D to the series.


The game is a two-on-two basketball game with fast, arcade-style gameplay. Players can play any of the NBA teams of the time, with each team having a roster of six players with different statistics from which to choose. Matches consist of four quarters, each three minutes long. The goal is to outscore the other team; baskets from within the three-point line are worth two points, and shots from outside of it are worth three points. There are no fouls, free throws, or violations except goaltending and a 24-second shot clock. Teams can substitute players between quarters.

If players enter their initials and birth dates for record-keeping, they can play a tournament against every other team in the league. The tournament mode can be played by a single player with an AI teammate or by two players on the same team. If players do not enter their initials, they play a practice game instead. Practice games can be played by up to four players (using a 6Player).

Players are moved around the court with the D-Pad. Players can use "Turbo" by holding R, which makes them run faster, jump higher, and shoot and pass better. Using turbo expends the turbo meter, but the meter replenishes when it is not used. The game adds "Extreme," used by holding L, which is turbo with even more heightened effects. Extreme drains the turbo meter twice as fast, however.

The game also has a Computer Assistance feature enabled by default that increases the precision of the losing team's shots to ensure a more competitive game.

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Each game starts with a tip-off, where a player from each team leaps for possession of the ball by rapidly pressing A. Possession of the ball goes to the home team (team two) at the beginning of the second and fourth quarters and to the visiting team (team one) at the beginning of the third quarter, regardless of who wins the tip-off or who had possession of the ball at the end of the last quarter.

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When the player's team does not have possession of the ball, the player can jump to block the opposing team's shots with A or C. If the ball is on the downward trajectory of its arc when it is blocked, the player is charged with goaltending and the other team receives points for a successful basket. However, if the ball touches the rim of the basket, any player on either team can grab it. If a player blocks two shots in a row, the player is "Smokin'" and can goaltend without penalty, which lasts until the opposing team makes a shot.

When near an opposing player, the player can try to steal the ball with B. The ball flashes white when the other team touches it. If the player has turbo, the player can shove another player with R+B. Shoving can cause the other player to drop the ball or move another player out of the way to clear a shot for a teammate.

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When the player's team has possession of the ball, the player can perform a jump shot by holding A or C. The ball is released when the button is released; releasing the button at the apex of the leap leads to a more accurate shot but increases the risk of a defender blocking or stealing the ball. Shooting while running toward the basket with turbo performs a lay-up or a dunk. If a player makes three baskets in a row, the player is "Smokin'," which gives the player permanent turbo for the next three shots or until the opposing team makes a shot.

The player passes the ball with B. The player can perform a jump pass by pressing B after jumping with A or C. Opponents can intercept the ball as it is being passed.

When playing with an AI teammate, the player can force the AI to shoot with A or C or to pass with B.


Conference Team Players
Western Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks Jim Jackson
Jason Kidd
Eric Montross
Chris Gatling
Tony Dumas
Jamal Washburn
Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets Laphonso Ellis
Ervin Johnson
Bryant Stith
Mark Jackson
Dale Ellis
Antonio McDyess
Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors Rony Seikaly
B.J. Armstrong
Joe Smith
Donyell Marshall
Mark Price
Latrell Sprewell
Houston Rockets Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon
Clyde Drexler
Kevin Willis
Brent Price
Sam Mack
Mario Elie
L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Pooh Richardson
Malik Sealy
Brian Williams
Lamond Murray
Rodney Rogers
Loy Vaught
L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Cedric Ceballos
Nick Van Exel
Kobe Bryant
Sean Rooks
Eddie Jones
Elden Campbell
Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves Tom Gugliotta
Kevin Garnett
James Robinson
Terry Porter
Cherokee Parks
Bill Curley
Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns Kevin Johnson
Robert Horry
John Williams
Wayman Tisdale
Danny Manning
Sam Cassell
Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers Clifford Robinson
Kenny Anderson
Gary Trent
Isaiah Rider
Aaron McKie
Randolph Childress
Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings Olden Polynice
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
Corliss Williamson
Michael Smith
Billy Owens
Mitch Richmond
San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs Sean Elliott
David Robinson
Charles Smith
Avery Johnson
Vinny Del Negro
Will Perdue
Seattle Supersonics Seattle Supersonics Gary Payton
Shawn Kemp
Hersey Hawkins
Nate McMillan
Detlef Schrempf
Sam Perkins
Utah Jazz Utah Jazz Karl Malone
John Stockton
Brooks Thompson
Greg Ostertag
Antoine Carr
Jeff Hornacek
Vancouver Grizzlies Vancouver Grizzlies Greg Anthony
Anthony Peeler
Bryant Reeves
Lawrence Moten
Eric Mobley
Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Eastern Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks Dikembe Mutumbo
Christian Laettner
Steve Smith
Ken Norman
Alan Henderson
Mookie Blaylock
Boston Celtics Boston Celtics Dee Brown
Dana Barros
Eric Williams
Antoine Walker
Dino Radja
Todd Day
Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets Muggsy Bogues
Vlade Divac
Glen Rice
Anthony Mason
Matt Geiger
Dell Curry
Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls Dennis Rodman
Toni Kukoč
Ron Harper
Steve Kerr
Jason Caffey
Scottie Pippen
Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers Tyrone Hill
Vitaly Potapenko
Bobby Phills
Chris Mills
Donny Marshall
Terrell Brandon
Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons Joe Dumars
Stacey Augmon
Terry Mills
Lindsey Hunter
Otis Thorpe
Grant Hill
Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers Reggie Miller
Rik Smits
Haywoode Workman
Jalen Rose
Derrick McKey
Dale Davis
Miami Heat Miami Heat Alonzo Mourning
Tim Hardaway
Kurt Thomas
Gary Grant
PJ Brown
Dan Majerle
Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks Vin Baker
Sherman Douglas
Glenn Robinson
Shawn Respert
Johnny Newman
Andrew Lang
New Jersey Nets New Jersey Nets Kendall Gill
Shawn Bradley
Khalid Reeves
Ed O'Bannon
Kevin Edwards
Vincent Askew
New York Knicks New York Knicks Patrick Ewing
Larry Johnson
John Wallace
Allan Houston
John Starks
Charles Oakley
Orlando Magic Orlando Magic Horace Grant
Penny Hardaway
Gerald Wilkins
Brian Shaw
Nick Anderson
Dennis Scott
Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers Derrick Coleman
Clarence Weatherspoon
Scott Williams
Jerry Stackhouse
Don MacLean
Allen Iverson
Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors Damon Stoudamire
Popeye Jones
Acie Earl
Hubert Davis
Doug Christie
Sharone Wright
Washington Bullets Washington Bullets Juwan Howard
Rod Strickland
Tracy Murray
Calbert Cheaney
Georghe Mureșan
Chris Webber



Unlike its predecessors, NBA Jam Extreme was not developed by Midway Games. Instead, Acclaim Entertainment bought the rights to the name "NBA Jam" and tasked Sculptured Software with producing a 3D basketball game with a similar theme (before going down a more realistic route starting with NBA Jam 99). Many of the staff of NBA Jam: Tournament Edition would instead go on to create the 2D NBA Hang Time, released in the same year.

Magazine articles

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Promotional material

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