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Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Over-the-top arcade b-ball puts Obama and Palin in game.

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Positive Messages

This is a casual basketball title featuring real NBA stars and a slightly more aggressive, over-the-top style of gameplay.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game features real stars from the NBA.

Ease of Play

The Wii motion controls are quite easy to pick up. Players use the nunchuk to move athletes and fire off jump shots and slam dunks by flicking the Wii up, then forward. The A button on the remote is for passing the ball. The game also features a tutorial mode to help players learn all the moves.


Players can sometimes shove opponents to the floor to steal the ball.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NBA Jam is an arcade style basketball game featuring real athletes from the NBA. Players control one of the NBA's teams and battles opponents in 2-on-2 hoops games. The game features a slightly more aggressive style of play compared to real world basketball, with players shoving opponents to the ground to steal the ball. Players can choose to include political figures like President Obama and Sarah Palin in their game.

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Kid, 11 years old July 11, 2017
NBA jam if far by my favorite NBA game. There is a little bit of shoving.
Kid, 10 years old May 4, 2013

NBA Jam for 7+

NBA Jam is a fun game but there is some violence and ads that go with this game. Players can be allowed to "shove" other players and some consumerism... Continue reading

What's it about?

NBA JAM is as arcade style basketball game featuring some of the stars and teams from the National Basketball Association. It's based on the classic arcade video game from the 1990s. Players can simply challenge friends at home in a two-player environment, or embark on the Remix Tour, where players take one team and travel the country to battle others in a series of 2-on-2 hoops challenges. Players can also unlock classic stars such as Larry Bird and even politicians such as President Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. The game also features a tutorial to learn the motion controls.

Is it any good?

The new NBA Jam marks a great overhaul for the longtime arcade hit. It's simple to play and absolutely entertaining. The controls are the quite easy to pick up as well. It features outrageous slam dunks and a slightly more aggressive style of play, such as the ability to knock down opponents to steal the ball. Perhaps the one downside is there's a limited number of game modes to choose from, so the game could lose some replayability once every new character has been unlocked. However, NBA Jam is a simple, exhilarating arcade hoops game.

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