Boom-Shaka-Laka! New NBA Jam Trailer Is Here, And It's Gloriously Old School

We already knew NBA Jam is making its triumphant return in 2010, but we didn't know what it was going to look like. Enter the game's new trailer. I'm sure you could have guessed NBA Jam would be a little more arcade-y than its simulation counterparts, but I expected it to be cleaned up a fair amount.

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Boy am I glad to be wrong:

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The new NBA Jam is basically the same game I grew up playing sans the Seattle Supersonics (remember how good the Detlef Schrempf/Shawn Kemp team was in that game? If NBA titles were contended in a Jam Universe, Kemp would have twice as many rings as he actually has children - Zing!)

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The good news is that in lieu of hyper-real characters, the developers just superimposed various photographs of the players onto computer animated bodies. The effect gives the game that delightfully campy feeling that made the original a classic; and that I feared would be impossible to recreate with modern technology. The bad news is we still have to wait until December to experience it.

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