EA Confirms NBA Jam For The Nintendo Wii

EA came out today and finally put to rest all the rumors of them working the arcade classic, NBA JAM. In a press release the sent to us they sent to us earlier today they told us that they will be bringing this classic to the Nintendo Wii with some new game modes, updated characters and added gameplay depth.

Now why just the Wii you might ask? Well, we can’t honestly tell you. We have contacted them to try to get to the bottom of this but we have yet to hear anything back. Personally I feel this game will be better suited on the Xbox Live Arcade or on the PSN, then we can actually play the game with some updated and polished graphics, online play (yes I know the Wii is able to play games online, but lets just be real here), plus I know too many people that would buy this game if on the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3 and not the Nintendo Wii.

I know that I am very interested in this but I also know that I will not be picking it up on the Wii, what about you guys?

Here is the press release for those of you that are interested:

Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that EA SPORTS™ is developing one of the most popular and culturally influential arcade basketball games ever made — NBA JAM — for the Nintendo Wii™. EA SPORTS NBA JAM™ revives the classic franchise with vintage NBA JAM gameplay, and all-new features that deliver a fresh new take on the game. Featuring the sights and sounds that fans of the franchise will instantly recognize, EA SPORTS NBA JAM mixes the old school with the new, to deliver a one-of-a-kind sports presentation on the Wii.

“NBA JAM is one of the most recognizable franchises in videogame history,” said Peter Moore, President, 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.”

Featuring gameplay that is true to the original, NBA JAM will have players spinning with ankle breaking moves to the basket and on the way to high-flying, backboard-smashing dunks. In addition to the classic experience, EA SPORTS NBA JAM will also introduce new game modes, characters and gameplay depth.

NBA JAM brought an all-new visual style to the sports videogame genre when it debuted in 1993. Now, the new EA SPORTS NBA JAM re-defines the visuals for a sports game yet again by bringing true-to-life body types, updated physics and visible player emotion to the over- the – top experience.

EA SPORTS NBA JAM is currently in development at EA Canada in Vancouver, BC and will be available for the Nintendo Wii videogame system in 2010. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB or PEGI.
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