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NBA Jam 22

Hack of NBA Jam T.E.


Version 1.4 Update (April 18, 2022)

  • Roster Update. Added Anthony Edwards, James Harden, LaMelo Ball, DeMar Derozan, Zach LaVine, Darius Garland, and Anthony Davis into the lineup.
  • Naruto Uzumaki! The Number One Hyperactive, Knucklehead Ninja Joins the Tournament. To unlock Naruto, hold L1+R1 while entering NAR OCT 10 in the initials screen.
  • Updated Campaign Ladder. The Milwaukee Bucks are now the NBA Champions thus making them the final boss of the game. The Campaign Ladder reflects the 2021 NBA season standings.
  • Balanced Difficulty. The CPU is now less aggressive however they still might be too difficult for casual players. More improvements to come on this feature. The original difficulty is also included for those who don’t mind the challenge.
  • More Emphatic Dunks! No it’s not what you think, the dunks haven’t changed but the effect of when players get posterized are sped up to give a more emphatic effect.
  • New Halftime & Postgame FMVs. Several new FMV highlights added for the Bucks, Suns, Lakers, Bulls, and Timberwolves.
  • Restored Clippers FMV. Fixed a bug that prevented the Clippers FMVs from playing.
  • Special Guest Referee. Included a optional patch to replace the referee with Sakura Haruno.
  • Increased head size. The default head sizes were increased slightly to make certain player’s heads appear more proportional to their body. Trying to squeeze James Harden’s beard in a 32×32px image can make his head appear small in relation to his body. A workaround for this is to rescale the head sizes a bit to allow for more detail.

New Trailer for version 1.4:

Version 1.3 Update (July 6, 2021)

  • Faster inbound passes! Now players will inbound the ball much quicker just like in the Arcade version.
  • Restored audio! Various play-by-play calls such as “From downtown!”, “From long range!”, “wide open!”, “launches a shot!” and many more were restored. Most of the commentary for jumpshot attempts were disabled for some reason. Possibly due to the announcer calling the names too often like in the Saturn version. Hoping to remedy that in the future.
  • New Players Added. Paul George, Clint Capela, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday inserted.
  • East and West Conference Finals champions! Full roster (Minus the expanded rosters) for the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Graphical improvement. Fixed a graphical glitch that causes clipping around the player’s head. This is noticeable for some players beard that was cropped off from the bottom and right corners. The left side is still cropped off by 1px when mirrored though. Might have to redo players from previous version to take into account the extra pixels. The added dimensions just means more detailed head sprites from now on.
  • Updated Profile portraits for Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Snoop Dogg, and The Hulk.
  • Snoop Dogg’s code was changed to DOG 4/20 to make it easier to remember. Shout out to KMFDManic for the suggestion.

Longplay footage of version 1.3 in action:

Version 1.2 Update (May 24, 2021)

  • Added Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Trae Young, and Desmond Bane.
  • Every NBA Playoff team is represented with at least one current player!
  • Edited the Attributes font to match the Arcade style.
  • Reworked the falling effects to fix timing issue. Improved gameplay.

Note: Make sure to patch it with a clean copy of NBA Jam Tournament Edition.

Version 1.1 Update (April 10, 2021)

  • Added Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid.
  • In addition to Lebron James, Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant, ver1.1 now features the full 2021 NBA All-Star Starters!
  • Added Snoop Dogg as a secret player! Enter LBC OCT20 while holding L1+R1 at the initials screen to unlock Snoop.
  • Falling effects fully restored! This feature was removed in the retail release. Turns out the NBA made them remove it.

Note: Make sure to patch it with a clean copy of NBA Jam Tournament Edition.

NBA Jam 21 is an improvement mod for the PlayStation port of NBA Jam TE. Being that the game was a PSX launch title, there were many bugs due to rush development and unfamiliarity with the hardware. Below are the changes made in this release.

1. Attributes color fix. The PS1 ver got red for high stats, green for average, and white for low. In the arcade version, it’s supposed to be Green for high, white for average, and red for low.

2. Graphical head fix. One of the head sprites used for when a player is knocked to the floor is using the wrong head sprite. It’s not glaringly noticeable but it looks unsightly when you spot it.

3. Facial Dunks Activated. Normally when you deliver a monster jam it’s supposed to send opponents falling to the floor if their body makes contact. This effect is missing in most of the NBA Jam home ports. For some reason, it’s activated during layups and not dunks. The effect has been reversed and restored however it’s a bit buggy. Certain layups can still activate the effect and block attempts can seldom trigger it too.

4. New Players Added. Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant, plus 2 hidden characters, The Hulk (HUL/DEC18) and Cyberpunk (CYP/jan2). To access hidden characters you need to hold L1+R1 while entering the initials.

5. Minor graphical fix. During the introduction where it showcases all the NBA teams and players, Terry Davis’s portrait is displayed twice for the Dallas Mavericks squad. This error was corrected.

-Future Goals:

Balance Difficulty. It appears that if you play the game from start to finish, it’ll start off very hard but as you move up the ladder it’ll become easier and easier. Most likely a programming error.

More Roster Updates. The goal is the replace the entire roster with today’s NBA Players. The game has over 125 NBA players and about 50 Hidden players so there’s a lot of work to do.

Arcade Edition. Although the PSX port looks near Arcade Perfect, there’s actually a lot of subtle nuances that make it differ from the Arcade version. For instance, players take much longer to inbound the basketball. This can really slow down the pace. It looks like they made a mistake because during a goaltend the players will inbound the ball much quicker, whereas in the Arcade version, a goaltend will make players inbound the ball slower. So it’s like the opposite effect.

There’s also the display names and a giant ball indicator on top of the screen that is overlaid on top of the action when it’s supposed to be behind the players. This can really obscure the view of the action as the players’ sprites are scaled much bigger than the arcade counterpart.

Feature all 30 NBA teams. The game has 27 teams plus the Rookies and All-Star teams so there’s 29 total. Hopefully there’s a way to reprogram the game to allow all 30 teams selectable.

Restore the backboard glass shattering effect. This would be a dream goal to somehow reimplement this effect.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Redump
  • File: NBA Jam - Tournament Edition (USA) (Track 1).bin
  • CRC-32: a8f1adf5
  • MD5: 804b12df6a85faf5151457126242b8e6
  • SHA-1: 66da3d4a70c5090796e56c86b698c6e0472b953f



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