Ever since the rumors of a Wii-exclusive NBA Jam game started circulating, gamers have been on the edge of their seats. Turns out, EA Sports has been hard at work on the tile but the first official press release didn't really give us much to go on. Fortunately, the website Nintendo Power has received an inside scoop and has posted some info along with a screen grab (see the picture above).
If you're afraid the new version of the game will stray too far from the arcade classic, think again. The original creator of the game, Mark Turmell, has been brought in as the "senior creative director." But the game will have some modern touches.
The graphics will be both 2D and 3D. 3D for the character models and 2D for the player's heads. You can get a better of idea of this by looking at the picture above. Each player's face will have "good play" and "bad play" expressions and was clipped from high resolution NBA photos. But enough about the graphics.
How will the game play on the Wii? Players will use the Wii Remote/Nunchuk sort of like the game "Punch-Out!" But if you don't like that, the game will also feature a classic Wii Remote-exclusive control for fans who want a more old-school style. There are two modes of play: "Classic Campaign" and "Remix Tour." According to Craveonline: "Classic Campaign plays just like previous NBA JAM titles; 3v3, no rules other than shot clock and goaltending, while Remix Tour changes the core mechanics, tweaks the rules, and switches up the camera."
The game is said to feature several classic NBA Jam moves along with new dunks and moves. You'll also experience fire, shattering backboards, cheats, flashing shoes, flashing balls, big head mode, legends, playable mascots, and secret characters.
There's no word on when the game will be released or even a general idea but there is definitely more to come about what should end up being one of the most anticipated games of the year!