Boomshakalaka indeed. If hype for the new NBA Jam isn't on fire, it's certainly heating up.
The new NBA Jam is coming... and I've got the down-low after being one of the first to ever play the upcoming Wii revamp.
As many of you know, I'm one of the biggest gamers here in the GSoM community. I've been working in the industry for almost 10 years now in various spots. Now I'm a business partner and head for an up and coming gaming social network called The Kartel (http://www.thekartel.com).
Recently, I had the exclusive chance to be one of the first to play the new NBA Jam for Wii. I actually played it in early March, but couldn't reveal the details because of an NDA/embargo which ended yesterday.
I know there's quite a bit of gamers here, especially those who used to play NBA Jam day-in and day-out. The classic gameplay was awesome for NBA fans, whether you're playing head to head, or playing cooperatively with a friend.
After my hands-on with the game at a private EA Sports meeting in San Francisco, I can safely say that the core gameplay is still here and prettier than ever.
Some of the coolest things that the new game has:
-- The most authentic NBA character models ever: 3D body models, with 2D facial models (which are actually high-res photos of the NBA players themselves, which change based on your character's various actions on the court)
-- Motion Control, Classic Control, and NES-style control: You can "shoot" the ball with the Wii remote. You can use the classic controller. And you can even put the controller sideways like a NES-controller to play NBA Jam.
-- Boss levels and the new REMIX Tour mode: Some levels will pit you against the likes of NBA Legends like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson with souped-up abilities (a.k.a. a boss battle). Some cool dynamic camera tweaks and on-court power-ups for this mode (there's the old classic one as well), are equally satisfying.
-- Special Characters: If Bill Clinton was in the old one... President Obama anyone? Heck, I'm hoping THUNDER makes an appearance.
-- Online Gameplay: This wasn't officially announced for the Wii, but it's a no brainer given that most other EA Sports Wii titles have it.
-- The crowd holds up "We Believe" signs -- Trust me, it's in there. I was the first gaming journalist to play the game with the Warriors and WIN. I used a combination of Ellis/Jackson (Yes, they still need to take him out) and Curry.
With all of these things being said, what are you guys wondering about? I'd be more than happy to answer questions on the game, as well as ideas on how the game could be better. Remember, that the 3-man rosters/team selections for this game were done via Fan Polling on the NBA Jam website a week ago.
Would love to hear some of your favorite NBA Jam moments too.
For more details and the full downlow on the most anticipated NBA game in a LONG time... check out the full article at The Kartel:
Oh and for those who want more to whet their appetite. Here's the official trailer if you haven't seen it yet: