NBA Jam HD Getting Retail Release

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Posted October 13th, 2010 at 10:03 am

When NBA Elite 11 was delayed it was made clear that NBA Jam was getting a separate release. The next big question was whether it would remain as a downloadable game or if it would get a full retail release. When it was revealed that content was being added to the game, and that it was basically being looked at as a way to recoup some of the losses that Elite incurred, the assumption became that it would no longer be a downloadable offering.

That now is all but confirmed as NBA Jam has been listed by Gamefly (including cover art for the 360 and PS3) and that would not have happened if it was being pushed out on XBL and PSN. The listings indicate release happening possibly on Tuesday November 16th. That would be just about ideal for EA Sports as they would then have the game in stores a week before Black Friday as the holiday shopping season rush commences.

Recently it was learned that the content being “added” to NBA Jam on the 360/PS3 was actually going to be offered as paid DLC for the free copy of the game that was being bundled with NBA Elite. Rather than going that route they are putting it all together in the retail release in an attempt to charge more up front.

No word yet on how much the game will go for but $50 or $60 should be the expected price point. They may try to justify $60 by comparing it to the Wii version which was $50 and didn’t have online play, roster updates, or the HD graphics. That could end up being a tough sell however to consumers who had placed a lower value on NBA Jam by expecting to get it for “free” with Elite.

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  • Droid

    First!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThaShark316 Roy Baker

      why did you have to say 1st? you know ppl hate that ish…

      • Anonymous

        I love it!

  • http://twitter.com/NICKx84 Nick Smith

    $60 would be waaaaaay over priced for this and after the let down that was Elite 11 this NEEDS to be at most $30 best case $20!!!

    • VolPett

      I will pay $60.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll pay a grand. The original version was immense!

  • luke

    I think $40 is the most they could possibly sell this for and still get sales.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Lets hope so but if they’re looking at the game and comparing it to the $50 Wii version they’re probably going to try and justify at least that if not the $60.

      • Anonymous

        What ever the Wii version of this game sold for, the 360/PS3 versions will most definitely be higher. There is no reason what so ever for this game not to be viewed as any other game release title would. Trying to rationalize a price point based upon Elites failure is folly. Jam has nothing to do with Elite anymore. The game is being released in full form now and there is no ties to Elite what so ever. Its just another EA game release and the price point will most likely reflect that. 50$ would be the lowest I can see this game going for and quite honestly IMHO if one were inclined to buy this game in the first place I don’t think the price point would deter them if it were the standard 59.99.

        However, the question to be asked is how will the release of COD: Black Ops affect ALL GAME SALES across the board. This game drops in Novemeber and with the release of Medal of Honor Yesterday, alot of games may be suffering in the near future.

  • Onion

    it needs to be <= $30.00

  • Sammy_altun

    Well, daz EA. For them its only about making money. Daz why they cant deliver from year to year. Just because their other sports games are doing well doesnt mean the same goes for Elite/Live. They should focus on making a good game, they should focus on making us happy, then the money comes all by itself…

    Just like 2K does…

    • http://twitter.com/TheImmortalGoud TheImmortalGoud

      Every fucking business is solely about making money. If they’re not making money then they don’t have a fucking business.

      • LeCafe

        REALLY!!!!!!!!!! I DIDNT KNOW THAT!!!!!!!!!! CMON MAN….

      • sad

        BS. Some businesses also take pride in a quality product. Not everyone is about doing the minimum necessary.

        • NtrisKKT

          Yes. Money = Business.

          However they are not giving us the product that justifies the price.

  • http://twitter.com/mylesgilbert Myles Gilbert

    definitely going to Red box it :)

  • Ross

    Don’t they have to sell it for $60 because of the NBA agreements?

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Not necessarily, that applies to the sim titles only. The arcade titles are handled differently.

      • Rda03c

        So then how, Pasta, is Madden NOT handled differently, and why is it at a $60 price point? Don’t you dare say Madden is a ‘sim’ game.

      • Ross

        Pasta, do you remember how much NFL Tour retailed for when it came out? Was it $59.99? Just trying to think of any instance in which EA released an arcade game cheaper then $60.

        • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

          NFL Tour released at $39.99

          • Hungryandrew

            Yea but NFL Tour is not in the same league as NBA JAM

          • Hungryandrew

            Yea but NFL Tour is not in the same league as NBA JAM

  • Keith.

    I don’t care how much extra they pack in, anybody who pays $60 for a 15 year old arcade basketball game is a SUCKER of the highest magnitude.

  • joel0078

    smart business decision as a company. But on the other hand, you’ve already pissed off a bunch of consumers by canceling elite, now you’re just adding to their anger by turning around and selling the game which A LOT of consumers stated they pre ordered Elite just to get Jam for free. Feel free to stop dropping the ball anytime you want, EA.

  • Shadyrules

    Anything more than $30 is unfair. NBA Jam is a classic but, I’m not payin for NBA 2010 at $60. Way too much, especially for a remake of a classic. Sure it’s fun but, at the end of the day it’s a remake.

  • Shadyrules

    Anything more than $30 is unfair. NBA Jam is a classic but, I’m not payin for NBA 2010 at $60. Way too much, especially for a remake of a classic. Sure it’s fun but, at the end of the day it’s a remake.

    • Quan

      Exactly

  • juan de leon

    i would pay 20 bucks tops.

  • http://twitter.com/Bgamer90 Bgamer90

    Most I would pay is $40. If it ends up being $60, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be able to find some deals online to get it…

  • http://twitter.com/Bgamer90 Bgamer90

    Most I would pay is $40. If it ends up being $60, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be able to find some deals online to get it…

  • Mogana20

    I hope it’s $40 because am gonna spend $60 on COD black ops. And i don’t trust EA so i don’t wanna pay for a broken game. I might buy NBA jam after i see some good reviews by fans.

  • Anonymous

    What holiday rush? most people are unemployed. the only things people can afford now is a holiday meal.

    • Buck_Foston_

      plus 1

  • Buck_Foston_

    Pasta, can you find out if they are going to slap the online code for this game. That would suck if we had to buy this game new. No way I’m paying more than $40 for an arcade game. $40’s too much but Jam I would probably do it.

    That really frosts me, free with Elite and $50 plus by itself ?

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  • HUNK

    NBA JAM BEST BASKETBALL GAME…i played live and 2K a lot in the past but when i saw NBA jam at PAX and E3 i was impressed by the graphic and authenticity of everything… So people who argue about the price don’t buy it OK …i mean why did u buy a console in the first place and u know that the game price are like that and some comments telling that they don’t have jobs…wow u buy a console and u dont have a job and u are arguing about the price is that really make sense??? …but i will buy it even if it was 100$…Believe me u will miss one of the best games ever played not just in sports

  • Theassassinmn

    i say $30 tops

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