NBA Jam and Other Video Game Notes

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Most NBA fans have been waiting very patiently for the return of NBA Jam, a video game pretty much recognized as the crowning achievement in over-the-top basketball arcade entertainment. When EA Sports announced it was going to remake the classic video game for the Nintendo Wii — and then later announced it would put a mini version of the game onto its NBA Elite 11 (formerly NBA Live) — fans rejoiced.

The developers have been working hard to make sure the game lives up to its predecessors and appear to be somewhere near it. But one of the biggest decisions, and a choice that might still cause debate for the older versions of the game, is who to place on the team.

First off, Orlando appears to be a fantastic team for NBA Jam. Dwight Howard makes defense a lot easier and since he can already do super-human dunks in real life imagining what animations the EA Sports designers created for him in the video game is pretty interesting. Other than that, everyone else on the Magic can shoot. And figuring there are only two types of NBA Jam strategies — dunkers and 3-point shooters — Orlando is really well set up to clean up in the virtual world.

The roster for the Magic will include Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis. So it has the same virtual problems as it has real problems. No one who can get the ball to the basket. But, hey this is NBA Jam. Carter should be Carter of old in the video game.

That should be fixed by the addition of two “legends.” Orlando’s legends are NBA Jam veterans Scott Skiles and Nick Anderson. That balances out the team a little more for sure.

So, do you agree with the picks for the video game? Would you have added Jameer Nelson to the squad? Should Shaquille O’Neal or Penny Hardaway be legends instead of Skiles and Anderson?

In other video game news, EA’s competitor, the NBA 2K series, is slowly rolling out clips of its game. The 2K series has been the preferred game among NBA’ers for a while now (I personally am lukewarm to the series for possibly being a little too realistic).

They recently released a clip from a Nuggets-Magic game which previews what the Amway Center might look like on the inside. Enjoy!

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily