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NBA Jam 21: Bucks vs. Suns & the NBA Playoffs?

07 July 2021 9:13AM EST - Update by ponlork

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Things are heating up in the world of NBA Jam. From the Arcade source code being leaked in April, to the upcoming documentary based on the NBA Jam book by Reyan Ali, to the Insert Coin documentary and various other projects in the works it’s fair to say that interest in NBA Jam is on the rise. And to help further that resurgence is superfan Ponlork with a new update of his wildly popular NBA Jam 21 project right on time for the NBA Finals.

Going along with Finals theme, version 1.3 adds Paul George, Clint Capela, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday into the mix. The East and West conference finals championship teams the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns are represented with 3 current players while the runner-up teams the LA Clippers and Atlanta Hawks consist of 2 current players.

Improving on gameplay there are now faster inbound passes to pick up the pace, and newly restored play-by-play audio commentary by Tim Kitzrow that was missing from the retail release. Famous lines such as “from downtown!”, “wide open!”, “launches a shot!”, “from long range!” and many more are back.

On the graphical side of tings there are updated portraits for Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Snoop Dogg and The Hulk, and a fix that expands the head size dimensions to prevent clipping around the edges. It’s subtle but when dealing with sprite based graphics, every pixel is important so the additional 2 pixels make a world of difference. Details on the fix can be found on the official RHDN Project thread

It’s time to get live, it’s time to represent. NBA Jam what time is it? It’s time to grab yourself a copy of NBA Jam 21 today!

NBA Jam 21: Playoffs Edition?

25 May 2021 8:16AM EST - Update by ponlork

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The NBA Playoffs are here and what better way to kick off the postseason than with a special playoff themed release of NBA Jam 21 by user Ponlork for the PlayStation 1. This version adds Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Trae Young, and Desmond Bane to round out the remaining playoff bound teams.

Each Playoff team is represented with at least one current player in the lineup giving it a nice blend of today’s NBA players with stars of yesteryear. On top of that, the gameplay mechanics have vastly improved from previous releases. The timing of the poster dunks is much more accurate, you can just feel the dunks pulsating on impact.

Check out this Longplay video that showcases the mod in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoYUJPdROGg

Combine it with Duckstation and Parsec, you can easily get some 4 player action going on with enhanced graphics. The Attributes font was also modified to match the Arcade style, the player stats are much easier to read now.

It’s time to pump up your sneakers and rewind the past. Grab a copy of NBA Jam 21 Ver 1.2 patch below:

https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/5700/

NBA Jam 21: The Definite Edition?

13 April 2021 8:39AM EST - Update by ponlork

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For years people have been yearning for an Arcade mod of NBA Jam TE, and those people will have to keep waiting. But user Ponlork is bringing that dream one step closer to reality with his NBA Jam 21 mod for the PlayStation 1 which is the closest you’ll get to the Arcade experience at home. Other than the Arcade version of course.

Rather than being stuck in development hell for years, Ponlork opted to go for the incremental approach of releasing updates periodically until the ultimate goal of replacing the entire roster with today’s NBA Players is complete. Version 1.1 adds 15 new players into the mix (10 active, 2 legends, and 3 secret characters).

These players consist of Lebron James, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, The Incredible Hulk, Cyberpunk and Snoop Dogg. The full 2021 NBA All-Star starting lineup is featured!

What separates this mod from other NBA Jam mods before it is that all the players have distinction. Every player has their own unique head sprites and the resolution is large enough to recognize the faces. The announcer calls each player by name, there’s varying skin tone palettes, and there’s a sprite scaling feature that is able to resize the players which gives it a extra level of depth.

In addition to that, NBA Jam 21 restores a lost feature that was disabled due to pressure from Congress to minimize videogame violence in the early 90s. If you’re familiar with the slang term “Posterized”, it’s a term used for when a player gets dunked on so emphatically that he is sent tumbling to the floor. This falling effect along with the backboard shattering were originally in the game but were eventually removed.

The Posterized feature is fully restored and the author is hopeful to one day restore the backboard glass shattering effect too. Although it’s still early, it’s exciting to see what’s coming down the pipeline. Boom Shakalaka!

Visit the project page here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/5700/

There’s also a trailer that slaps. Peep game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQYOx-gd00s

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