NBA All-Star Challenge

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NBA All-Star Challenge
NBA All-Star Challenge SNES cover.
Developer(s) Beam Software
Publisher(s) Sega Genesis: Flying Edge
Super NES: LJN (North America), Acclaim Entertainment (Japan)
Platform(s) Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy
Release date(s) 1992 (North America)
1993 (Europe)
May 21, 1993 (Japan)

NBA All-Star Challenge is a basketball video game for the Super Nintendo, Game Boy, and Sega Genesis.


The game offers a chance to compete in one-on-one basketball with legendary NBA superstars like Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs), Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), and even Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks). Every mode is multiplayer-capable in addition to being selectable for single-player gameplay.

Playing modes available to the players include: H-O-R-S-E, a free throw tournament, a shooting contest involving three-point shots, and a tournament where one NBA player will take on other NBA players for the championship. All fouls are called in this game, as well as infractions such as goaltending. The winner of each match has a screen with a set of game statistics. Even the offer of a rematch is offered once a game is over.

Players are not chosen by name. Instead, they are chosen by their team (as of the 1991–92 NBA season). This may confuse fans who are unfamiliar of professional basketball from the late 1980s/early 1990s. Vital statistics related to gameplay are also included here like height, weight, the number of points that the player scores in a typical game, and accuracy in percentage for various shots.

Game Boy sequel[edit]

A sequel, NBA All-Star Challenge 2, was released in December 1993 exclusively for the Game Boy. Developed by Beam Software and published by LJN, the gameplay is largely the same, the main change being the graphical enhancements from the original Game Boy game.