2018 marks a milestone for NBA Jam, with a span of 25 years since the first game dropped into arcades. Players haven't had a chance to Jam since the 2011 release of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Worse, we are generally bereft of arcade-style sports games.
There may be some hope though. We may have more NBA Jam on the horizon. Classic announcer Tim Kitzrow previously worked on NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, MLB Slugfest, and Mutant Football League. He recently told ESPN that someone is working on a new NBA Jam, just in time for the anniversary.
"I can't speak anything to the specifics, but I can tell you there is movement in the works to get it done for the 25th year," he told ESPN. "So I'm hoping that we get a remake that does justice to the original."
Oddly enough, Electronic Arts currently has the license to NBA Jam, but Kitzrow said he's working with Microsoft on the title, which is still just a possibility. Original NBA Jam design Mark Turmell is not involved with the project, having previously helped with the 2010 reboot.
Fingers crossed that a new NBA Jam comes to pass. The lengthy ESPN profile on the NBA Jam series is definitely worth a read for fans.