When NBA Elite 11 was delayed it was announced that NBA Jam would get its own separate release on the 360 and PS3. Because of that it seemed extremely unlikely that, should anyone get a hold of a copy of Elite, they would be able to retrieve Jam. Codes were placed on inserts in copies of Elite in order to download the game but the content would have to be available in the first place. Surely Microsoft and Sony would have removed it at EA Sports’ behest immediately right?
Despite that logical approach to the situation the same person who bought one of the few copies of NBA Elite 11 has informed me that the download of NBA Jam actually worked. That initially stunned me to hear, especially given the recent news that Jam is being beefed up for the 360/PS3 in an apparent attempt to justify a full retail release. So it obviously isn’t just sitting there on the MS and Sony servers to be sold as a downloadable game at a later date.
It makes sense that the original content would have been accessible just a week out from release when EA decided to delay Elite. Why the download would remain available still is a mystery.