NBA Jam Tournament Edition

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NBA Jam Tournament Edition
NBA Jam Tournament Edition cover.
Developer(s) Acclaim Studios Austin
Midway Games
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment
Midway Games
Series NBA Jam
Platform(s) Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNES, Saturn, PlayStation, Jaguar, Windows, Sega 32X, Arcade
Release date(s) 1994

NBA Jam Tournament Edition is an arcade basketball game by Midway, featuring two-on-two gameplay and NBA players from the 1993/1994 season (1994/1995 on consoles and PC). It is the direct sequel to the wildly popular original NBA Jam. In total, the game featured over 120 NBA athletes and over 40 hidden characters. Improvements include additional power-ups, more detailed player attributes, player substitutions after each quarter and a new soundtrack. "Tournament Mode", from which the game's name is derived, turns off all cheats and powerups, while rewarding players with expanded rosters for nearly all teams if all 27 teams are beaten.

The console releases also added practice and "juice" modes, optional game toggles like "hotspots" and powerup icons, as well as an "injury" stat that lowers a character's stats and running speed. Later console releases (Jaguar, Saturn, PlayStation) notably featured larger character sprites and scaling effects to match those of the arcade version.