/ Midway / Acclaim
|The arcade basketball sim that has since become the stuff of legend.
Hardware was somewhat limited when this game was being developed, so the
programmers opted to reduce the number of players in order to allow up to
four people to play the game at the same time without having to worry about
what any computer-controlled players were doing, A wise move, in retrospect,
as this was quite popular in its day and spawned a number of sequels and
ports. The chief programmer was one Steve Snake, better known nowadays as
the author of KGen98.
NBA Jam - Tournament Edition, has bigger team rosters, more hidden characters, and court hotspots than the original game. Two-on-two basketball, without having to worry about things like fouls and the laws of gravity. Seriously, though, the pure action approach can be appealing even if you're not a basketball fan. Up to four players supported.