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NBA Jam for the Super NES is an Arcade-style two-on-two basketball game that lets you and up to three friends battle it out in high-flying, rough-and-tumble action. There are no referees and very few rules, so you can hack, push and shove your opponents without ever getting called for a foul. You can select either a Head to Head or Team Game and decide whether you want the Tag Mode on or off. If you want closer scores, you can turn on Computer Assistance, which increases the shot-making odds of any team that falls far behind.
The "Jam" in the game's title refers to the emphasis of the game — that of dunking the ball through the hoop. You control actual members of real NBA teams, such as Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls and Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets, as they soar above the rim and perform wild and crazy "Ultra-Jams," the likes of which have never been seen on ESPN's SportsCenter highlight reels. Each player is rated according to speed, three pointers, dunks and defensive capabilities. Each of the 27 teams is represented by two of its better players.
A turbo button in conjunction with the standard controls allows you to run faster, throw elbows, knock down players, jump higher and perform other advantageous feats. The turbo feature is limited in nature, but it will begin to replenish itself when you let go of the button. A turbo meter helps you monitor your energy.
A single game consists of four quarters, each of which is three minutes long. You can speed up or slow down the game clock and select how smart (on a scale of one to five) you want your computer opponents to be. A password feature enables you to save your progress when engaged in a full season of NBA action. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide