Came across this story buried on the Star Tribune’s site today. Must have missed it yesterday.
ESPN.com initially reported that an updated version of the popular 1990s video game "NBA Jam" will be developed for the Nintendo Wii system.
This really does bring back some memories. I just remember how great it was when you’d start making progress and unlocking characters like President Bill Clinton or the members of the Beastie Boys.
Hopefully, they pull it off. The one downside to playing sports games on the Wii like NBA Live, etc., is that after one 48-minute game of jumping and moving around, I get pretty worn out, which makes it tough to finish a full season in any reasonable time period. Of course, I could be in better shape too, but I’m guessing most people that video games appeal to aren’t in much better shape than I am.
But with NBA Jam, you’re dealing with a game that had 2-minute quarters (if I remember right) and really no season to speak of.
A few afternoon links for you
- Jack Moore of FanGraphs writes that if the Minnesota Twins wanted to sign Jarrod Washburn, it would be a bad decision.
- Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has a good story on what it’s like to be a former player for the since-departed Montreal Expos. Gary Carter, whose Hall of Fame plaque has the Expos cap, says he hopes Andre Dawson goes in to the Hall with a Chicago Cubs cap so there’s a franchise to celebrate his induction. Guys like Carter and Dawson have gone the way of pitching great Walter Johnson, whose likeness you didn’t see at the Metrodome even though he pitched for the Twins franchise when it was in Washington as the Senators.
- This kind of got glossed over by me in the wake of the Hall of Fame talk.The builder of the stadium in Los Angeles intended to entice a team to move to the "City of Angels" says that the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars are the two teams they’re pursuing.
NBA Jam (Clintons vs. Bulls)