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There aren't many sports games like NBA Jam. Back when Michael Jordan was the king of the court, the 1993 Midway arcade classic was known for its tight controls, secret characters, zany dunks, and outrageous catch-phrases by announcer Tim Kitzrow. While Jordan wasn't in the game (he reached his own licensing agreement with the NBA in 1992, and Midway was unable to secure a deal with him), it was Scottie Pippen that brought his excellent three-point shots to the court alongside Chicago Bulls teammate Horace Grant.

That is, Pippen's usually excellent three-point ability. NBA Jam creator Mark Turmell admitted in a 2008 interview with ESPN: The Gamer that Pippen's tendency to win close games was tuned down in certain circumstances. Specifically, when any Bulls player attempts a glorious last-second shot against Turmell's favorite team, the Detroit Pistons, a special piece of code in the game would average the shots out to be bricks.

Turmell said, "There was the big competition back in the day between the Pistons and the Bulls, and since I was always a big Pistons fan, that was my opportunity to level the playing field." This is one case where any close loss against a friend can be reasonably blamed on the game.

3DS: 45,752 [DOWN] 673 (1.45%)
PS3: 12,026 [DOWN] 970 (7.46%)
PSP: 10,652 [DOWN] 1,595 (13.02%)
Vita: 6,347 [UP] 7 (0.11%)
Wii: 5,956 [DOWN] 117 (1.93%)
PS2: 1,166 [DOWN] 46 (3.80%)
Xbox 360: 825 [DOWN] 198 (19.35%)
Dsi LL: 683 [DOWN] 136 (16.61%)
DSi: 425 [UP] 38 (9.82%)

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