Tag Archives: Basketball

#693 – Ultimate Basketball

                                                                                                                                    You can do better than this game, kid.              You’ll be spending most of your time on the side of the court, wishing for a better basketball experience.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: American Sammy DEVELOPER: Aicom GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: September 1990   For whatever reason, basketball is a hard … Continue reading #693 – Ultimate Basketball

#645 – Tecmo NBA Basketball

                                                                                                                                              Real men playing basketball.                                                                                                                                                 Make me proud, Hornacek.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tecmo DEVELOPER: Sculptured Software GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: November 1992   Tecmo NBA Basketball was, at the time of its 1992 release, probably the definitive basketball title on the NES. All of the teams, players, and stats … Continue reading #645 – Tecmo NBA Basketball

#546 – Roundball: 2-on-2 Challenge

                                                                                                                                            Celebrate good times, c’mon?     Mustard yellow is everybody’s favorite color. Much like Hanson is everybody’s favorite ball handler.   PLAYERS: 1-4 (simultaneous) PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Park Place Productions GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: May 1992   Is “roundball” an alternative name for basketball? Or did Park Place Productions not want to name … Continue reading #546 – Roundball: 2-on-2 Challenge

#387 – Magic Johnson’s Fast Break

                                                I’ve always wondered how one slams and jams at the same time. Teach me, Magic!     This game should have been called Pepsi Presents: Tradewest’s Magic Johnson’s Fast Break, The Game (Sponsored by Pepsi)   PLAYERS: 1-4 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Tradewest DEVELOPER: Software Creations GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: March 1990   “Fast Break … Continue reading #387 – Magic Johnson’s Fast Break

#324 – Jordan Vs. Bird: One On One

                                                                                                                 This could have been a Wheaties cover…                                                                                                                                     Jordan showing off for the judges.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Milton Bradley DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: August 1989   When two basketball heavyweights from the 80s and early 90s sell their names to a video game, you know they made … Continue reading #324 – Jordan Vs. Bird: One On One

#288 – Hoops

            Remember the days when men wore short shorts and white men couldn’t jump? Jaleco remembers.                                                                                                                               That is a very lonely-looking court.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: Aicom GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: June 1989   Hoops is an odd sort: a 1-on-1 or 2-on-2 basketball game that seems to … Continue reading #288 – Hoops

#278 – Harlem Globetrotters

                                                                                                                                                                 The gods must be crazy!                                                                                                                              Even the color scheme hates this game.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Gametek DEVELOPER: Softie Inc. GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: March 1991   What child of the 90s doesn’t remember the Harlem Globetrotters flagrantly breaking every rule of basketball? They were more circus sideshow than … Continue reading #278 – Harlem Globetrotters

#191 – Double Dribble

                                                         Before NBA Jam, Double Dribble “kept it real on the streets” or so I’ve been told.                                                                   Lime green and fuchsia colors really boost the players’ morale.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Konami DEVELOPER: Konami GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: September 1987   My new favorite digitized speech sample on the NES … Continue reading #191 – Double Dribble

#039 – Arch Rivals: A Basket Brawl!

                                                                  Aren’t racial riots hilarious? Acclaim bets yes!                                                                              Takin’ it to the hole or downtown or something.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Acclaim DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: November 1990   Did somebody say “basketbrawl“?!… No? Anybody? Alright, well, Acclaim said it, and lo, Arch Rivals was born. I’m not sure … Continue reading #039 – Arch Rivals: A Basket Brawl!

#034 – All-Pro Basketball

                                                                The LA Breakers cordially invite you to “The Slam.”                                                                                                                                           My beloved Zephyrs suckin’ it up.   PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous PUBLISHER: Vic Tokai DEVELOPER: Aicom GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: December 1989   Let me set the record here and now: I don’t like sports games. I don’t want to like sports games. … Continue reading #034 – All-Pro Basketball