LAS VEGAS—NBA Jam came out 26 years ago, and it (and especially its Tournament Edition sequel) stands as one of the best sports video games ever made. It was a classic in arcades, and it was a classic on the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Now, thanks to Arcade1Up, it can be a classic in home arcades with one very big upgrade: online multiplayer.
Arcade1Up’s new NBA Jam arcade cabinet is a four-player cabinet that runs the arcade version of the original NBA Jam, along with NBA Jam: Tournament Edition and NBA Hang Time. And Arcade1Up made this announcement by rolling out a giant NBA Jam arcade machine at CES 2020. The two-story-tall machine isn’t available to purchase (Arcade1Up did the same thing with a giant Marvel Super Heroes cabinet at CES 2019), but it signals a more modest-sized version coming to stores and homes.
The NBA Jam arcade cabinet is Wi-Fi-connected, a first for Arcade1Up’s products. It connects to the internet and links to other NBA Jam machines for multiplayer on up to four machines across North America. This isn’t a new feature for modern console or PC games, but for an early-90s arcade game, it’s pretty novel.
Arcade1Up also announced several other new arcade cabinets, including a sit-down version of the Star Wars arcade cabinet we reviewed last year. The other cabinets are conventional standing arcade machines: Frogger (with Frogger and Time Pilot), Golden Axe (with Golden Axe, Golden Axe II: The Revenge of Death Adder, Altered Beast, Shinobi, and Wrestle Wars), and Burger Time (with Burger Time, Bad Dudes, Caveman Ninja, and Karate Champ).
All cabinets are three-quarters size compared with commercial arcade cabinets, and are the standard scale for Arcade1Up.
Besides arcade games, Arcade1U is teaming with Zen Studios to manufacture digital pinball tables that feature Zen Studios’ table layouts later this year.