The story surrounding NBA Jam has certainly become a messy one over the last few months. Now that the basketball classic is out on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it's time to take a look back at all the twists and turns in the lead-up to its release, and to analyse EA's rationale for moving the game from a cut-back download to a fully fledged retail release.
It all started with a simple announcement that one of the most loved and prized sports titles in gaming history was to be remade. "NBA Jam is one of the most recognizable franchises in videogame history," said Peter Moore, President of EA Sports. "Diehard fans of the original game have been asking for a remake for more than a decade. We're very excited to give them their wish this year with the return of this iconic franchise."