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NBA Jam Wii Review - Wii

5
Gameplay: 6 stars 6
Graphics: 4 stars 4
Audio: 6 stars 6
Multiplayer: 9 stars 9
Innovation: 1 stars 1
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EA has mastered the art of rehashing. NBA Jam is one of those games that will keep coming back from the dead until the end of time, and while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are receiving this remake in the form of an arcade game on the Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network respectively, the Nintendo Wii version is a full retail game selling for $79.95RRP. Is the franchise good enough to warrant entry to this generation as a full retail game? Or is EA milking some old franchises for nostalgic fun? Nostalgia plays a big role in this title, and for fans of the original, or the PS2/Xbox rehash, you shan’t be disappointed too greatly.

Gameplay

NBA Jam is the kind of game that is easy to pick up, easy to play, but hard to master. The game’s controls have always been basic, but are made even more basic by the Nintendo Wii’s motion controls. Lift the remote up to jump, slam it down to shoot/dunk/block. There’s no motion plus compatibility here, so the moves are really easy to do, making the game suit all ages and all levels of skill. The best part about NBA Jam though is its simplicity. It’s a great arcade game to muck around with, and definitely not meant to be taken seriously. Pushing the B button will do a swipe at the ball, but if you hold Z on the nun-chuk and push B you will shove your opponent to the ground, and doing this successfully will result in the opponent dropping the ball. There’s no referee in NBA Jam so you can pretty much do whatever you want. The only thing you get penalised for is goal tending. If you touch the ball while gravity is doing its job you will instantly give the other team 2 points, as there’s no ‘two free throws’. Remember? No rules!

The game's menu offers several different game modes, some more interesting than others. 'Play Now' allows you to jump straight in to a game once you choose your teams and players, but most of NBA Jam’s good times can be found in the 'Game Modes' menu, where you get to pick from two main modes, and other mini games. The 'Classic Campaign' is back, and will have you facing off against every other NBA team for ultimate glory. 37 games, 37 wins, 'Classic Campaign' is basically the same as any arcade fighting game you’ve ever played.

The other main game mode, 'Remix Tour', is a little different. This mode has 91 challenges and requires you to work your way around the country unlocking different divisions and challenging all the teams as you go. Each team has three random challenges such as standard 2v2, domination, 21 (1v1v1 in a halfcourt, first to 21), and even boss battles. The other modes available allow you to practice/replay all the 'Remix Tour' challenges. Our favourite is domination, where you take shots from certain points in a halfcourt to dominate that certain shot ...

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