What it do mayne? There have been many, many arguments going on the internet, social media, etc., about who is greater between Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. Well that’s all fine and dandy but what about discussing the greatest basketball video games of all time. Because even though video games feature Lebron James and Kobe Bryant, they still will never be able to say that they actually have their own video game(s) like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Bill Laimbeer, Charles Barkley, etc…
When arcades, Nintendo, and other systems began to drop basketball games it would change the way most of us view the sport forever. Basketball games gave us a sense that we were actually those players. Even though basketball games such as NBA 2k17 look almost true to life, we have come a long way from the first basketball game ever made on Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.
Below I pay homage to what I believe were 15 of the greatest basketball games ever made. There are plenty that I enjoy or have enjoyed but these 15 will forever be in the system to play. Take a look back and see if any of these games bring back some childhood memories of some sort and enjoy. And if you disagree with something on the list… #LetsArgue #SWBY
1. COACH K COLLEGE BASKETBALL
System: Sega Genesis
Might be the best college game ever made. I mean you could shatter the backboard on dunks. Gets no better than that.
2. JORDAN VS. BIRD
They say he not the GOAT but he had a video game after only 3 or 4 years in the league. Plus he had a few other games that were okay but they were not this.
3. NBA GIVE ‘N GO
System: Super Nintendo
During this time period this game introduced the best full court camera angle known as “2K” in today’s game. This game was as close to realistic as it got for a basketball game. Plus the Arcade style gaming had it live.
4. NBA JAM
This might be arguably the best basketball game all-time. It came out for all the systems but nothing was beating going to the arcade. Who would of ever thought that a 2 on 2 video game would be in the greatest conversation. I think “Hoops” on Nintendo started the 2 on 2 style games but it was only a half court game.
5. DOUBLE DRIBBLE
Double Dribble most 80’s babies first love. It wasn’t the best looking but the fact that you can almost dunk from the 3-point line was exciting enough.
6. THE BULLS VS. SERIES
System: Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo
This was a live series. This series featured some quality player and the fact that you could do their signature move made this game even more fun. It started with the Lakers vs Celtics but the Bulls had the best games.
7. NCAA MARCH MADNESS 98
EA Sports had the ball rolling awhile and when they dropped this at the time it was everything you were looking for in a College game. I don’t even think people realized that it was Tim Duncan on this cover.
8. ESPN COLLEGE HOOPS
Many probably don’t remember ESPN having a stint where it dropped some cold football and basketball games. This was one of them.
9. DAVID ROBINSON’S SUPREME COURT
System: Sega Genesis
The Admiral dropped a video game that was so generic but it was cool for an early 90s game.
10. NBA LIVE 96
System: Playstation, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo
Ah yes the NBA Live series. This was the most dominating series ever until 2K took the throne. Nonetheless between this one NBA Live 95 and 97 you would enjoy either one. I like this one because a young Shaq was on the cover.
11. SPACE JAM
System: Sega Saturn
Many may have not owned a Sega Saturn but this game was fun being able to play with Jordan, The Looney Toons, and the MonStars in a video game.
12. ARCH RIVALS
The first video game where you could play dirty. You could push, fight, trip, etc… It paved the way for games like NBA Street. It was cool to be made in the 80s.
As stated earlier one of the first games to feature 2 on 2 but it was not as exciting as NBA Jam because it was a half court game. It’s still a classic though.
14. NBA 2K
System: Sega Dreamcast
Simple: A classic was born. The creators could not have known that this series would take the throne as best basketball game with its longevity. The realism is like no other nowadays.
15. NBA STREET
System: Playstation 2
It was like the revival of NBA Jam with an added twist. Fancy crossovers, explosive dunks, the pushing and shoving. NBA Street is a classic.