NBA Jam's Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, originally meant to be a free digital download included with the now-delayed NBA Elite 11, will be a retail disc release, an EA Sports representative told Kotaku.
In an email this morning clearing up two weeks of speculation on the arcade slamfest's form factor, Jen Riley of EA Sports Vancouver said that EA Sports president Peter Moore's original blog post on Elite's delay mentioned that Jam's 360 and PS3 versions would be a retail release.
Moore's statement on Jam's uncoupling from Elite said, "[W]e're going to ship NBA JAM as a standalone product on the Xbox360 and PS3 in time for the holidays. Watch for more news soon on the exact timing of that release."
As that didn't differentiate explicitly between digital download and box release, this site and several others treated it as an open question.
Yesterday, the rental service Gamefly listed NBA Jam for a November launch, pointing to a disc release. "The fact that retailers are showing the box is because we are shipping Jam in a box on [Xbox 360 and PS3]," Riley told Kotaku today. "We just haven't announced a firm date."