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New NBA Jam bound for PS3/ 360, but only kind-of

After months of speculation and even an ESRB filing, it turns out that the forthcoming NBA Jam reboot isn’t a Wii-exclusive after all and is coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall. The catch? You can only get it with a brand new copy of NBA Elite 11.


Above: Because Bosh and Wade deserve to be dunked on. Forever.

That’s right, every new copy of NBA Elite 11 will come with a code for a one-time download of the new Jam. The HD-optimized version of the downloadable game will come packed with the Play Now, Classic Campaign, and Online modes, but seems to lack the Remix Tour mode that the Wii version will sport.

And if you haven’t been paying attention, the Wii version also won’t force you to drop $60 on some other basketball game. So start asking yourself, are those pretty HD graphics really worth it? I dunno. Then again, that “other” basketball game is a pretty fully-featured product, so maybe the grass IS greener on the 360/PS3 side of the court.

Aug 3, 2010

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8 comments

  • IHateMakingUserIDs - August 4, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    @Onepersonwithnoopinion: Can you actually do that? Don't they check for stuff like that? Well i suppose you could write doen the code/use the code before returning it, but thats just mean to the next guy. Buy the code off eBay instead of shorting someone else. Unless of course that eBay seller is the same guy who is trying to sell his broken 360. He probably already used the code. Man people are just mean.
  • Teazey - August 4, 2010 4:01 a.m.

    They just lost a NBA Jam purchase. I was looking forward to it, but there is no way that I am picking Elite up over NBA 2K11.
  • Onepersonwithnoopinion - August 4, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    I guess I'll just be picking up Elite, taking the code out of the box, and returning the game to the store. Why would they do this?
  • gmknoble - August 3, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    Damn it, I just wanted it to be on PSN or XBLA...
  • mijetman - August 3, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    Sounds to me like EA found themselves with an IP that they want an excuse to kill. I would buy this as a downloadable game, but not packaged in with a game i'm not interested in. Fingers crossed EA see the error of their ways.
  • foxyexplosion - August 3, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    Why do they want to go and make me not want to buy NBA jam. They tried to shoehorn me into picking up a stupid, not-nbajam basketball game and I will not bite. If I wanted to play a realistic sport I would play the sport. I play NBA jams because it is a game based off of a sport. with similar rules and stylings but a completely different feel
  • CoryRX8 - August 3, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    I would pay just about anything for an HD version of the new Jam, but there's no way that I'll buy Elite. Basketball sims are garbage. You don't have to spend much time on a basketball court to realize that they're the poorest simulation of any sport out there, and I'm not spending a penny on Elite. It really feels like the developers read the rules, but have no understanding of what makes basketball such a great sport.
  • Cyberninja - August 3, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    i say if remix tour is the story mode of wii version then its not worth it unless you plan on spending 60 dollars on nba elite anyway when the game could have just be $10 stand alone

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