NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC
|NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC|
Eurocom (PS and N64)
Avalanche Software (DC)
Torus Games (GBC)
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
NBA Showtime is a basketball video game by Midway. A descendant of NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime, Showtime is modeled after the NBA presentations on NBC. The original arcade version features team rosters from the beginning of the 1998-99 NBA season, while the console versions feature team rosters that were accurate just prior to the 1999-2000 NBA season. A newer "Gold" version for arcades features another roster update from later in the 1999-2000 season. Showtime was also featured in a dual game cabinet along with NFL Blitz 2000. Midway followed up the game with the console exclusive NBA Hoopz.
The home versions have Shaquille O'Neal as cover athlete.
- Overview 1
- Rosters 2
- Reception 3
- References 4
- External links 5
The game features gameplay similar to its predecessors NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime. Rather than typical 5 on 5 action, this game features 2 on 2 play with the ability to pick two players from any NBA team's starting line-up for the first half and can choose again for the second. The game introduces personal fouls for each shove on another player; after a certain number of fouls the opposing team gets a free throw. The game retains the series standard "on fire" feature. After a player makes three consecutive shots he becomes "on fire", which allows him to easily make shots from almost anywhere, as well as goaltend without penalty and push opponents without being charged a foul. Play otherwise is similar to NBA rules. The arcade version accommodates up to four players, as do the home versions produced for the Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast.
The players featured in the game include many of the most popular players of the particular year and era of the NBA season, but like the previous games in the arcade-style basketball series, many players were left out and each team has a limited number of players per position to choose from.
As with the previous NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime games, the game contains many secret characters. The arcade version features the Universal Monsters Frankenstein's monster, Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon as secret characters. Midway Games staff also as playable characters are Mark Turmell, Beth Smukowski, Alex Gilliam, Chris Skrundz, Larry Wotman, Brian LeBaron, Dan Thompson, Dave Grossman, Jim Tianis, Eugene Geer, Andy Eloff, Rob Gatson, Jon Hey, Jim Gentile, Mark Guidarelli, Tim Bryant, Jeff Johnson, Jennifer Hedrick, Sal DiVita, Matt Gilmore, Mike Lynch, Paul Martin, Jason Skiles, John Root, Paulo Garcia, Tim Moran, Kerri Hoskins and Lia Montelongo.
The game-time commentary is particularly varied and colorful for basketball games of that period, featuring such phrases as "The dejection of the rejection!", "He just flat-out leveled him!", as well as "With the silky smooth move!" and "Look Ma, no rim!"
The original announcer from NBA Jam, Tim Kitzrow, returned, after Midway used the Bulls radio announcer Neil Funk in NBA Hangtime. Jon Hey produced all the sound, music and script save for the NBC basketball theme "Roundball Rock" by John Tesh. At the time, the music was influenced by 2Pac and Dr. Dre's "California Love" and Master P's "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" and previous NBA Themes written by Jon Hey for NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime.
The N64 version does not feature a "back" button, having every button advance through the menus.
These are all rosters from the console versions which were accurate as of 9/10/99.
- Atlanta Hawks: Dikembe Mutombo, Alan Henderson, LaPhonso Ellis, Bimbo Coles, Isaiah Rider, and Jim Jackson
- Boston Celtics: Kenny Anderson, Antoine Walker, Dana Barros, Tony Battie, Danny Fortson, Calbert Cheaney and Paul Pierce (Dreamcast version only)
- Charlotte Hornets: Eddie Jones, Anthony Mason, Bobby Phills, Derrick Coleman, and Elden Campbell
- Chicago Bulls: Toni Kukoc, Ron Harper, Andrew Lang, Kornel David, B.J. Armstrong, and Will Perdue
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Shawn Kemp, Brevin Knight, Bob Sura, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, Wesley Person, and Lamond Murray
- Dallas Mavericks: Michael Finley, Cedric Ceballos, Shawn Bradley, Steve Nash, and Robert Pack
- Denver Nuggets: Antonio McDyess, Nick Van Exel, Bryant Stith, Chauncey Billups, and Ron Mercer
- Detroit Pistons: Grant Hill, Lindsey Hunter, Christian Laettner, Bison Dele, Jerry Stackhouse and Joe Dumars (Dreamcast version only)
- Golden State Warriors: John Starks, Donyell Marshall, Erick Dampier, Muggsy Bogues, and Mookie Blaylock
- Houston Rockets: Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Eddie Johnson, Matt Maloney, and Tony Massenburg
- Indiana Pacers: Reggie Miller, Dale Davis, Jalen Rose, Sam Perkins, Mark Jackson, and Chris Mullin
- Los Angeles Clippers: Maurice Taylor, Johnny Newman, Stojko Vrankovic and Lamar Odom (PS1 and N64 versions only).
- Los Angeles Lakers: Shaquille O'Neal, Glen Rice, Kobe Bryant, Rick Fox, Travis Knight, and A.C. Green
- Miami Heat: Tim Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning, Voshon Lenard, and P. J. Brown
- Milwaukee Bucks: Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen, Ervin Johnson, Sam Cassell, Tim Thomas, Danny Manning, and Dale Ellis
- Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett, Terrell Brandon, Dean Garrett, Joe Smith, Bobby Jackson, and Malik Sealy
- New Jersey Nets: Stephon Marbury, Keith Van Horn, Jayson Williams, and Kendall Gill
- New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell, Larry Johnson, Charlie Ward, and Marcus Camby
- Orlando Magic: Chris Gatling, Bo Outlaw, Danny Schayes, and Darrell Armstrong
- Philadelphia 76ers: Allen Iverson, Theo Ratliff, Aaron McKie, Matt Geiger, Tyrone Hill and Billy Owens
- Phoenix Suns: Jason Kidd, Penny Hardaway, Rodney Rogers, Tom Gugliotta, Rex Chapman, and Luc Longley
- Portland Trail Blazers: Damon Stoudamire, Rasheed Wallace, Arvydas Sabonis, Walt Williams, Detlef Schrempf, Steve Smith
- Sacramento Kings: Chris Webber, Jason Williams, Corliss Williamson, Vlade Divac, Lawrence Funderburke, Darrick Martin and Nick Anderson
- San Antonio Spurs: David Robinson, Sean Elliott, Tim Duncan, Steve Kerr, Avery Johnson, and Terry Porter
- Seattle SuperSonics: Gary Payton, Vin Baker, Horace Grant, and Brent Barry
- Toronto Raptors: Vince Carter, Charles Oakley, Doug Christie, Tracy McGrady, Kevin Willis, Dee Brown, and Dell Curry
- Utah Jazz: John Stockton, Karl Malone, Greg Ostertag, Jeff Hornacek, and Bryon Russell
- Vancouver Grizzlies: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Bryant Reeves, Cherokee Parks, Doug West, and Mike Bibby
- Washington Wizards: Juwan Howard, Rod Strickland, Mitch Richmond, and Tracy Murray
The game was met with positive to mixed to negative reception. GameRankings gave it a score of 77.94% for the Dreamcast version, 71.59% for the Nintendo 64 version, 62.33% for the PlayStation version, and 47% for the Game Boy Color version.
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