IGN Editorial: Embracing a Legacy

With NBA Jam, Electronic Arts is attempting something that seems to be a slowly building trend on the Nintendo Wii: once hardcore, classic franchises are being brought back as fresh, new productions that advance the property without straying far beyond the classic mechanics. It has a multi-tier effect -- developers stick to the strengths of the console's hardware, mainstream gamers gain current-generation pick-up-and-play software, and hardcore gamers have something both familiar and exclusive on the Wii console.

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