New Basketball Game Is Basically NBA Jam 2017

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For a fun time, watch this trailer for the upcoming NBA Playgrounds—out in May—and see how close they come to saying “NBA Jam” without actually saying “NBA Jam”.

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2v2 arcade basketball, cartoon players, exaggerated moves, it’s all certainly very familiar to NBA Jam fans, as well as anyone who played NBA Street.

It’s not a literal copy, of course. You’re not locked into playing as an NBA team here (you can mix and match players from across the league), and it has a random power-up feature added over the top of it, something I liked a lot from the dearly-departed Madden Arcade.

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Apart from that, though...yeah, this is NBA Jam 2017, just without the branding.

NBA Playgrounds will be out on PS4, Xbox One and, most interesting of all, the Nintendo Switch: if you can snap off the Joy-Cons and play 1v1 on the one console on the go, this might be great.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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So... NBA Street was too edgy or something?