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After lying dormant for seven years, EA has resurrected the NBA Jam franchise to raucous fan praise. After a new HD version of the game was released late last year on consoles, the series will be migrating to yet another platform, the iPhone. The Fight Night series hasn't been inactive for nearly as long, but it too will be getting an iOS release.
Little is known about these games as of yet, but both series haven't changed a whole lot since their inception years ago, so it's not hard to imagine how each of them will play.
NBA Jam, for those uninitiated, is a legendary basketball arcade game from the nineties that released during the height of the Michael Jordan-era basketball craze (though controversially was not able to use MJ's likeness.) It's most notable for its over-the-top, high-flying dunks and no-fouls gameplay. It's also noted for having a great sense of humor. If you grew up in the 90s it's hard not to laugh when you hear the announcer who somehow manages to channel every single sentence direct from a playground circa 1995.
Fight Night is a far more serious series, which devotes itself to faithfully representing the sweet science. EA has long prided itself on the unique control schemes it comes up with for Fight Night so it will be very interesting to see what they come up with for their touch screen interface. The release date has not yet been announced, but the console version of Fight Night Champion is scheduled for March 1, 2011 so we expect to see the game release somewhere near then.
Pricing details for both games are still unknown.