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Online Support for NBA Live 10 & NBA Jam Ending January 11th

As JaoSming noted here in the NLSC Forum, a recent service update from EA Sports has confirmed that their online support for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of NBA Live 10 and the 2010 reboot of NBA Jam will cease as of January 11th, 2013. Online support for NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will continue until further notice.

Online support for NBA Live 10 has run a little longer than usual, as a result of the extended hiatus the series has been on since 2010. The game also received Dynamic DNA updates through the 2010/2011 season, following the cancellation of NBA Elite 11.

While the decision to shut down online services is the result of declined usage weighed up against the cost and effort required to maintain the servers, it’ll be interesting to see whether the shutdown of online support for NBA Live 10 is being done, at least in part, in anticipation of a release later this year. While Andrew Wilson made reference to “next year’s game” when announcing the cancellation of NBA Live 13 and EA Sports does still have the NBA license with a view to making more NBA games, an NBA Live 14 has not yet been officially confirmed or announced.

NLSC Podcast – The “Lost” Pilot

Leftos and I have taken a short break from the weekly NLSC Podcast over the holiday season, however new episodes will resume early in the new year. In the meantime, we invite you to check out the “lost” pilot episode that Pdub and I recorded a couple of years ago, in which we interviewed bigball12, who as you may recall was able to get his hands on the unreleased retail version of NBA Elite 11. In addition to getting his thoughts on the cancelled game, we also chat about the first NBA Jam reboot by EA Sports, the future of the NBA Live series as we saw it at the time and NBA 2K11.

This was our first attempt at a podcast and though it took a while to get off the ground after that initial test pilot, we’re enjoying bringing you a weekly podcast discussing basketball video games, the real NBA and more. We hope you’ve been enjoying the episodes, thank you once again to everyone who has tuned in thus far and offered feedback. Click the Play button below to listen to the show, feel free to add your thoughts here in Forum or in the comments below, and check back soon as we pick it up again with Episode #12!

General File Additions – More Demos

In the interest of expanding our file archives to cover basketball games beyond the NBA Live and NBA 2K series, and to ensure that they don’t get lost over time, I’ve added some more demos for various basketball games to our Downloads section. Please note that we will not be providing the full versions of any of these games to download, except in the unlikely event that they are re-released as freeware.

NBA Full Court Press Demo by Microsoft
NBA Action 98 Demo by Sega
NBA Jam Extreme Demo by Acclaim Entertainment
Backyard Basketball 2007 Demo by Humongous Entertainment
Fast Break College Basketball 2003 Demo by Grey Dog Software
Fast Break College Basketball 2010 Demo by Grey Dog Software
Fast Break Basketball by HeavyReign Software

NBA Jam Now Available for Barnes & Noble NOOK

NBA Jam has been released on yet another mobile platform, as EA Sports has announced that it is now available for the Barnes & Noble NOOK at a cost of $4.99. The NOOK version is identical to the one that is available for iOS and Android devices, featuring exhibition play, Classic Campaign and local multiplayer via WiFi.

For those who may have missed it, you can check out my review of the Android version here.

NBA Jam for Android Review

Having recently upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S-II, I decided to pick up the Android version of NBA Jam, which was released back in March. After playing a few exhibition and Campaign mode games, I thought I’d share a quick review for anyone else who may be considering picking it up for their Android device.

Being a fan of the original NBA Jam series, as well as the 2010 reboot and last year’s On Fire Edition, I anticipated that the mobile version would be a solid, enjoyable incarnation of the classic arcade basketball game, something that would be fun to play on-the-go. Just how good is it, and how does it stack up to its console brethren? Read on to find out!

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NBA Jam Now Available For Android Devices

EA Sports have released a version of NBA Jam for Android OS based smartphones and tablets. The game features traditional 2-on-2 NBA Jam gameplay with high flying dunks and includes three modes of play.

3 modes of play let you ball the way you want:
Play Now – Select a team and jump right into the ballgame.

Classic Campaign – Defeat all other teams to win the championship, and unlock legends, hidden players, and outrageous cheats.
Local Multiplayer – Go big head 2 big head against a friend via local WiFi or Bluetooth

The game also features commentary from Tim Kitzrow, the voice of NBA Jam. The North American version is available here for $4.99, while the rest of the world can pick up the international version here for $4.76.

Original NBA Jam NBA License Pitch Video from 1992 (Video Game Ephemera)

For those who haven’t seen it yet, last week Video Game Ephemera uploaded a rare video featuring the license pitch that was made to the NBA for the original NBA Jam way back in 1992. The video explains some of the tech behind NBA Jam and reveals some interesting information about the original concept, which would have included multiple camera angles and more of a realistic approach, though it still featured 2-on-2 gameplay.

It’s definitely worth a watch if you’re a fan of the original series or have been enjoying the new releases from EA Sports, so check it out and leave your thoughts in the comments below or join in the discussion here in The Virtual Hardwood section of the NLSC Forum.