|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Canada||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA Sports||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 5, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Additionally, NBA Jam comes to Wii sans any online features. There are some cool achievements to unlock via local play, but if youre hoping to hook up with players around the world for some competitive two-on-two, youll want to hold out for the games release on one of the HD consoles. Considering EA has both their own online service and the Nintendo WiFi Connection to choose from, its a baffling omission that cuts the package off at the knees.
On the plus side, the presentation in NBA Jam is not only a great tribute to one of gamings favorite franchises, its also a splendid fit for the modest-powered Wii. The digitized representations of the players is still a great look that fits perfectly alongside the lampooning nature of the gameplay, and the stands are full of detailed spectators that each have their own unique animations. The courts look fantastic, and the framerate is butter.
I was surprised at the lack of music during most matches, though. There is the occasional cadence here and there, but the gameplay could definitely benefit from a few rockin tunes. The announcer, however, is pretty hilarious No hoop for you! adding tons of great chatter in the background during play. For the most part, the sights and sounds of the court are a feast for the senses.
NBA Jam on Wii is a solid, fun reboot that should please many fans. Considering its roots, the game aims to deliver the goods, but it doesnt quite reach its full potential. The controls work fine, but the gameplay feels a bit hollow. As natural as motioning to dunk a ball is, I just never got that feeling of satisfaction I was hoping for. Played together with a group of friends, NBA Jam promises a good time. However, the lack of any online options means the game has limited appeal when weighed against its HD counterparts due out later this year. NBA Jam on Wii borders on the value of a downloadable title, but its still a fun package worth checking out.
CCC Freelance Writer