NBA Showdown

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NBA Showdown
NBA Showdown cover.
Developer(s) EA Sports
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NBA Playoffs
Platform(s) Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis
Release date(s) SNES
October 1993
June 21st, 1994

NBA Showdown is a basketball video game by EA Sports, released for the Super Nintendo in October 1993. The game is a sequel to Bulls versus Blazers and the NBA Playoffs and was re-released for the Sega Genesis as NBA Showdown '94. It is one of the forerunners to the NBA Live series.


The game could be played in various ways: players could play against each other, or against the computer. Games against the computer were divided into two levels, "exhibition" or "Playoffs". Players could pick from any of the NBA teams for the first time, including non-playoff teams. Games could be configured for 2, 5, 8 or 12 minute quarters.


  • It was one of the first basketball games to feature every NBA team in the league. Tecmo NBA Basketball, which was released in 1991, was the first game to do so.
  • It was the first game to feature multiple generic custom teams like Skyers and Flyers.
  • It was the first basketball game to feature in-game 3rd party advertisements for companies like Starter and Topps.
  • It was the first game to deviate from the traditional Eastern Conference finals team vs Western Conference finals team naming convention.
  • It was the first basketball game in which EA Sports, the entity, within EA officially took over the game.
  • The first EA sports game to have the tenths of a second rule in the last minute.