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EA SPORTS NBA JAM to Feature Online Play on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Critically Acclaimed Game Will be Available In Stores on HD Platforms November 17; Free Title Update To Enhance Online Experience By December

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that EA SPORTS™ NBA JAM will be available in stores worldwide November 17 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and, for the first time ever for the arcade classic, in high definition and featuring online play. Described by Gamesradar.com as “virtually perfect”— NBA JAM will take advantage of the online communities playing on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to bring all the action into your own virtual arcade.

Featuring gameplay that is true to the original, NBA JAM will have players spinning with ankle breaking moves to the basket and on the way to high-flying, backboard-smashing dunks. With two distinct game modes—Classic Campaign and Remix Tour—plus online modes, EA SPORTS NBA JAM offers something for everyone.

At launch, gamers will be able to take on all rivals playing Classic 2-on-2 online^ for the first time ever, measuring their success on Friends and Global Leaderboards. In December 2010, the online features for NBA JAM will expand significantly with several major online features being delivered through a free title update for connected gamers. In December, connected fans will be able to team-up locally and online to compete in Remix Games, including classic arcade hoop games like Backboard Smash, Domination Free-for-All, Elimination, and 21. Fans will also be able to make it a Jam Party online by inviting up to 3 friends to play. Plus, gamers will be able to take on the world in Online Progression, levelling up through a series of challengers and secret online JAM Challenges to unlock online exclusive rewards and hidden content in the ultimate quest for global bragging rights.

“We have listened to our NBA JAM fans and appreciate their desire to play this game online, so we are going to deliver the online feature set they expect and deserve,” said Trey Smith, Creative Director of NBA JAM. “Fans will be able to play Classic JAM online right out of the box, and can expect to enjoy features like Team-up, Remix Online, Jam Party, Online Progression, and even more secret players and teams, in December.”

In Classic Campaign, players can take a trip down memory lane, individually or with a friend, as they play all 30 teams in the NBA in a worst to first ladder tournament. In Remix Tour, players will be faced with a new twist on the traditional NBA JAM experience. From boss battles against some of the NBA’s greatest legends, to half-court game modes with distinct challenges and winning conditions, players will be taken through an NBA JAM experience completely unique to the basketball videogame genre while demonstrating classic arcade hoops at its best.

EA SPORTS NBA JAM for Wii™ is currently the 8th highest rated sports game ever on the Wii*. It is available in stores now. EA SPORTS NBA JAM is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB and 3+ by PEGI in Europe. The MSRP on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation3 is $49.99 US. Visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/NBAJAM to join the EA SPORTS NBA Jam Facebook group or visit http://nba-jam.easports.com for more information about the game.

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# 1 malachijohn666 @ 10/20/10 12:22 PM
wait one sec.... they were going to package this in with Elite for free... then Elite is delayed... so they are selling this for 49.99? So does this mean they were selling Elite for 20 bucks? Only EA......
 
# 2 ThaShark28_316 @ 10/20/10 12:41 PM
It'll be 30 bucks by black Friday..
 
# 3 lv2bll @ 10/20/10 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by malachijohn666
wait one sec.... they were going to package this in with Elite for free... then Elite is delayed... so they are selling this for 49.99? So does this mean they were selling Elite for 20 bucks? Only EA......
10 bucks actually............I'm really beginning to HATE EA!!!!!!!!!!!
 
# 4 lv2bll @ 10/20/10 12:48 PM
I exoected it to be around the 20-40 dollar range by itself... But at 50 its looking like a regular title which we all know its not...This wont sell because of EA's greed and their low quarterly figures!!
 
# 5 vln13 @ 10/20/10 01:13 PM
I think it might sell better than Elite might have, lol.
 
# 6 therockstar2005 @ 10/20/10 02:26 PM
Um, NBA Jam was $50 on the Wii...without HD graphics...without online play. The NBA Jam you'd get in Elite had three modes of play...who knows about the unlockables...or the campaign. This game now has even more stuff than the Wii version of the game, for $10 less than a usual game for 360/PS3. So...maybe people should calm down?
 
# 7 SomeGuyNamedJR @ 10/20/10 02:29 PM
People haven't been paying attention. NBA Elite was supposed to come with ONLY 3 modes of play. This version will have everything that the Wii version has + HD + Online. I enjoy NBA Jam for Wii, but the graphics aren't great at all (but what else would you expect) and lack of online really makes this game collect dust quickly.
 
# 8 hoop xyience @ 10/20/10 02:30 PM
Wow 50 for nba jam...I bet there will be a fool that drop $53 for this at release date
 
# 9 Mintsa @ 10/20/10 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyNamedJR
People haven't been paying attention. NBA Elite was supposed to come with ONLY 3 modes of play. This version will have everything that the Wii version has + HD + Online. I enjoy NBA Jam for Wii, but the graphics aren't great at all (but what else would you expect) and lack of online really makes this game collect dust quickly.
That's right.....the "free version" that would've came with Elite 11 was a "stripped down" version of Jam. This has all the modes of Wii version, plus online. So I can kinda see the $ 50.00 price tag.
 
# 10 Freak123 @ 10/20/10 03:48 PM
Bleh...I might have considered getting this if it was $20...but $50? Hell no. EA Fails once again.
 
# 11 SeerMagicX @ 10/20/10 04:07 PM
I'm getting it, I love me some NBA Jam
 
# 12 tjm384 @ 10/20/10 05:56 PM
Wasn't NBA Jam the same price for the Snes and the Genesis back in the day? And now it's pretty much the same price for the 360 and ps3 with online play. So i ask this question. Why whine about the price tag when it was this price in the early 90's?
 
# 13 Bellsprout @ 10/20/10 05:58 PM
Awesome. I was going to get the Wii version, but now I can get the HD version for no extra charge if I wait.
 
# 14 NC State-31 UNC-27 @ 10/20/10 06:22 PM
What is this HD stuff everyone is spewing? What does that even mean? You mean regular xbox 360 graphics? Is this a feature they just decided to add in? Or was there some plan previously to make the graphics really blurry?

Please explain this.
 
# 15 Bellsprout @ 10/20/10 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by NC State-31 UNC-27
What is this HD stuff everyone is spewing? What does that even mean? You mean regular xbox 360 graphics? Is this a feature they just decided to add in? Or was there some plan previously to make the graphics really blurry?

Please explain this.
Wii games play in 480p. Which isn't high-def.

With the PS3/360 versions, we can play in true high-def. 720p or 1080i. Maybe even 1080p, but I'm not sure if that's in.
 
# 16 DickDalewood @ 10/20/10 06:48 PM
Same price Wii owners had to pay, and they don't get HD or online play... I fail to see the problem here. This will probably be a buy for me.
 
# 17 mike24forever @ 10/20/10 07:23 PM
All of those complaining about the price will be on here release day complaining that they should have not bought it!!! Anything with EA Sports in the title drive people, especially those who just joined OS absolutely batty!
 
# 18 TheHoltonHammer @ 10/20/10 11:17 PM
I think at most, I could see a $29.99 price tag. The game as a standalone XBLA/PSN title probably would have been $15. They said the Remix tour would be DLC, which EA would probably charge $15 for, equaling $30, or $29.99. So they bumped it up $20 extra, and we have to have use a physical disc instead of just having it installed and ready to go on our HDD's? Not cool.
 
# 19 CAMPBLACKMAMBA24 @ 10/21/10 12:22 AM
WOW!!1 Gonna pass on this one. I just don't see it doing well. Just my .2
 
# 20 Blzer @ 10/21/10 12:43 AM
That's way too much. No more than $20 for me, and even that's pushing it.
 

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