15 BASKETBALL VIDEO GAMES THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER GET RID OF

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

Released:1995

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

Released: 1988

System: Nintendo

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

Released: 1995

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

Released: 1993

System: Arcade

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

Released: 1987

System: Nintendo

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

Released: 1992

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

Released: 1998

System: Playstation

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

Released: 2004

System: XBOX

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

Released: 1991

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

Released: 1995

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

Released: 1996

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

Released: 1989

System: Nntendo

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.

13. HOOPS

Released: 1988

System: Nintendo

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

Released: 1999

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

Released: 2001

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.

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