Politicians are back in the new NBA Jam with Republicans and Democrats now going head-to-head on the court.
Forget the Electoral College, the only true way to settle a political dispute is through an extreme game of basketball. Thanks to the upcoming remake of NBA Jam, constituents will be able to jam in the faces of multiple politicians they may or may not despise once again.
The original NBA Jam of 1993 featured former President Bill Clinton, first-lady and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and vice-president Al Gore. The remake brings even more politicians out on the court, featuring the Clinton family and Gore again, but also Joe Biden, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, John McCain, and Dick Cheney.
Creative Director of NBA Jam Trey Smith told ESPN that the inclusion of new secret characters was a priority from day one. He believes the reason why NBA Jam was so popular in the 1990s was because it surprised players with things like hidden politicians and big-head mode.
Smith says that these politicians have some of the “best dunk faces in the entire game.” Dick Cheney does what Smith calls his “Darth Vader snarl,” while Palin dunks on foes sporting a beehive haircut. Smith has “no idea” how the development team got permission to use the faces of popular politicians in the game. He says an email request was sent out one day citing the original 1993 political inclusions, and a response eventually came back saying: “Yes, go for it.”
Obama and friends aren’t the only secret characters to be found in Jam, with plenty of non-political opponents also included such as the Beastie Boys. NBA Jam was released on the Wii today, and though it was once an exclusive, a planned pack-in deal with the very much delayed NBA Elite 11 has EA scrambling to bring it out on its own for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 by the holidays.