Post by Nester the Lark on Jan 5, 2010 16:07:01 GMT -5
According to ESPN, EA has purchased the rights to Midway's classic arcade basketball franchise NBA Jam, and will be officially announcing a new installment of the series later this month exclusively for the Wii. In addition, they've supposedly hired original Jam creator Mark Turmell as an adviser for the new game.
As a fan of the original games (I'm embarrassed to admit that NBA Hang Time was probably my most played N64 game), I'm looking forward to learning more about this new version. Hopefully it'll be a quality title, and not another Cruis'n.
Man, I killed so many Saturday mornings playing this game on the Genesis back in the mid '90s. I remember College Jam was one of my most played PSX games back in the day too. Here's my vote for more "NAIL IN THE COFFIIINNNN!!"
...do you think they'd have a playable Obama like the old games had Clinton and Gore? XD
NBA HangTime is probably my favorite basketball game. I think I still have the N64 version. It was so good, even Michael Jackson had the arcade version at his home. To prove it, click here and find it.
I wonder if Will Smith and anyone from Arch Rivals will also appear in this game?
Last Edit: Jan 14, 2010 1:45:27 GMT -5 by parrothead
Post by Nester the Lark on Jan 21, 2010 15:28:14 GMT -5
Triple post! He's on fire!
Here is an interview with Mark Turmell at Gamasutra. He mentions the new NBA Jam game a bit, as well as experiences with developing the original game.
At Tiburon, Turmell will primarily work on the Madden and NCAA franchises, but he's consulting on the new Wii-exclusive NBA Jam (pictured), which is in development at EA Vancouver: "I'm looking at that product every week," he says. "I've sat with the team extensively, and I'm close to the product."
The original NBA Jam team was just ten people. At the time, Turmell coined the title's signature over-the-top basketball gameplay just by experimenting.
"For the first dunk that I put into the game, I had to do the calculation on jumping into the air and having the hand meet the rim," he explains, "and based on that calculation, I could change the different parameters. I changed the height of the animation, and I kept increasing speed... and people continued to be more and more excited."
"That's what led to the over-the-top kind of action in NBA Jam and in subsequent games like Blitz -- just trying to get reactions out of people," continues Turmell. "It's cool to see a dunk, but it's cooler to see a 7-foot spinning dunk."
Something else I liked about the original game was being able to shatter the backboard. It added a lot of drama, but it's one of those things the NBA made them remove because they thought it was too violent.
It's funny how screens from this game look like they were made in Photoshop. I don't mean that in a bad way, as that's kinda what NBA Jam looks like. Still, I'm curious to see what this game will look like in motion.
Nester the Lark: Hello, NinDB world! Post your shouts here! (But be careful not to wake the neighbors. )
Jul 21, 2020 8:45:06 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Guys, guys! I can't believe what I found in Zelda 1! The game features an Elimination Mode that for some reason not many talked about! I wonder if it's fun? (Don't actually try it.)
Jul 23, 2020 8:32:38 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Hey, I can edit shoutbox posts! This is already better than Twitter!
Jul 23, 2020 8:33:38 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: It seems like Cadence of Hyrule should be more popular than it is. Are people put off by the rhythm aspect? Or the randomly-generated maps?
Jul 24, 2020 14:01:59 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: ↑ Might warrant its own thread, but I think mixing rhythm and other genres usually resuls in gameplay too difficult for many. I can't handle it well either, judging from my scores in Dedede's Drum Dash.
Jul 24, 2020 22:46:56 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: ↑ For me personally, it simply hasn't been considered. It's a download-only game (until now) from a series I'm unfamiliar with and didn't feel like trying out.
Jul 24, 2020 23:02:40 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Ironically, I did create a thread for Cadence of Hyrule, but then deleted it thinking there wouldn't be any discussion on it. Maybe I'll go ahead and make a new one.
Jul 25, 2020 8:58:56 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Something to bear in mind about the shoutbox if you’re not already aware: It doesn’t show up on the mobile version of the forums. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but it can make it difficult to get into discussions for mobile visitors.
Jul 26, 2020 1:40:18 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Also the more obvious character limit issues, and the format not really being conducive to longer-term discussion. It’s useful but limited; threads definitely still have their place.
Jul 26, 2020 1:45:06 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: (Honestly, Proboards mobile is pretty bad in general, but...)
Jul 26, 2020 1:46:07 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Not sure if this works on all devices, but you can force the desktop version of the forum by scrolling all the way to the bottom and clicking the "Desktop" link at the lower right.
Jul 26, 2020 8:41:58 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: I’m aware. I’m typing this from my phone. I’m just pointing out that, for people who aren’t aware or who may be casually checking in on their phone, the shoutbox won’t be visible on
Jul 26, 2020 22:04:05 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Is there a Discord for NinDB, by the way? It’s very popular with them there young’ns these days, so it might help activity.
Jul 26, 2020 22:07:47 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: There is no NinDB Discord. There was a brief discussion of it a few years ago, but nothing ultimately came of it. I rarely use Discord, myself.
Jul 27, 2020 8:58:28 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Hm. Seems like it might be a good idea if activity picks up. Not to be a pessimist but I do have my doubts that'll happen though.
Jul 29, 2020 3:00:10 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Okay not a Nintendo topic but I kinda need to talk about this because I just learned it and it's a thing so bleh.
Aug 2, 2020 23:44:57 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: You remember Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame, right? So apparently, 5 year old me was incapable of discerning male and female in non-humans, because *apparently* there's a female gargoyle, and the goat's a boy.
Aug 2, 2020 23:47:59 GMT -5