90s Video Games, Episode 176
How far can you dunk? – NBA JAM TE [Arcade, 1994]
An update named NBA Jam: Tournament Edition (commonly referred to as NBA Jam TE) was released in arcades in 1994.
NBA Jam TE included updated rosters, new features and Easter eggs combined with the same gameplay of the original. Jon Hey created new music specifically for NBA Jam TE to replace the original NBA Jam music.
Teams now consisted of three players (though only two could be on the court at any time; in practice, the extra player meant greater variety in lineups), with the exception of the new “Rookies” team, which consists of five players, all picked in the 1994 NBA draft. Players could be substituted into the game between quarters.
The game also featured new hidden teams and secret playable characters. Early versions of the game included characters from Midway’s Mortal Kombat games. Players were also assigned more attributes, including clutch and fatigue levels. In addition, the game also introduced features such as a “Tournament” mode that turned off computer assistance and on-court hot spots that allowed for additional points or special slam dunks.
The test version of NBA Jam: Tournament Edition included eight hidden characters which were taken out of the final version at the request of the NBA: Elviscious, Grim Reaper, Kongo, Raiden, Reptile, Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Tim Coman. Midway also stated they would update all test version cabinets to remove these characters.
In this episode however, I am going to find out HOW FAR CAN YOU DUNK!