EA’s NBA Elite to stay on the bench for 2012, new NBA Jam announced



Electronic Arts will take another year off from the NBA simulation, as the blog Kotaku reports that there won’t be an NBA Elite 12 in fall of this year.

Last year, EA canceled it’s first episode in it’s new NBA series after some pre-orders were already sent out to customers, and several “reject” copies wound up on Ebay. While many criticized EA’s cancellation of Elite 11, glitches abound in the demo for the game, and many were turned off because of that. Either way, most fans of basketball sims were already flocking towards the critically acclaimed direct rival NBA 2K11, from 2K Sports.

The lone bright spot for EA on the court last year was the rave reviews for it’s arcade reboot of NBA Jam. As such, a sequel to NBA Jam, titled NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, has been announced. While I personally don’t see how the arcade basketball game can really “evolve” past 2010’s episode (which already fulfilled everyone’s expectations, and them some, of what an arcade basketball game should be), it is slated for release in October, via PSN and Xbox Live, and will include an AI similar to that in use in EA’s Fight Night boxing series (don’t quite know how that will work), and a cooperative online campaign, along with a few new gameplay modes.

In the same post on Kotaku, 2K Sports confirmed that it was continuing with it’s NBA 2K series, with NBA 2K12 to come out this fall.


Written by: MAINEiac4434 - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Darklurkr23 on April 5th, 2011 [ 23156 Points ]

    NBA Jam? Like the one on the Wii? Awesome :D Always loved NBA Jam, cause it didnt’ take itself too seriously. It was the ONLY Basketball game I ever wanted to play. All the real sports games are too boring. Give me Super Mario Kart, NFL Blitz, Uhhh Ninja Batman? (this weird 2-d side scroller about a NInja/Robot Baseball team……. Yea…..

    Anyway, where is Tekken Baseball?!

  2. #2 by Ves on April 6th, 2011

    This is bad news for NBA games for 2012, 2K has shown with NBA2K11 that they aren’t willing to solve issue and with no competition who will say they will add new features or fix the ‘broken ones’

  3. #3 by MAINEiac4434 on April 6th, 2011 [ 3494 Points ]

    Darklurkr23: NBA Jam?Like the one on the Wii?Awesome :D Always loved NBA Jam, cause it didnt’ take itself too seriously.It was the ONLY Basketball game I ever wanted to play.All the real sports games are too boring.Give me Super Mario Kart, NFL Blitz, Uhhh Ninja Batman?(this weird 2-d side scroller about a NInja/Robot Baseball team…….Yea…..Anyway, where is Tekken Baseball?!  

    2010’s NBA Jam was on the PS3 and 360 too, and pretty good from what I heard. I remember playing the original arcade cabinet. I haven’t tried the reboot yet.

    Ves: This is bad news for NBA games for 2012, 2K has shown with NBA2K11 that they aren’t willing to solve issue and with no competition who will say they will add new features or fix the ‘broken ones’  

    Agreed. We all knew that 2K was better than EA at making basketball sims (just like EA is better than 2K at making hockey sims), but having them both abandon their weakest sports titles is bad for the evolution of the genre.

  4. #4 by Royalty32 on April 6th, 2011

    So disappointed in EA. I remember way back when NBA Live was the shit. If you were a gamer and a basketball fan Live was a must. Shit i remember have tournements at my house…though were the days. Now EA just let 2K rip its heart out. Damn shame!

  5. #5 by Markus on April 7th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    Royalty32: So disappointed in EA. I remember way back when NBA Live was the shit. If you were a gamer and a basketball fan Live was a must. Shit i remember have tournements at my house…though were the days. Now EA just let 2K rip its heart out. Damn shame!  

    I agree with every word of your post.

    And the tournaments that we had were epic. I’m talking game 7 game winning buzzer beating treys from half court. 10-2 runs with 30 seconds left in the game. Good times…

    I picked up NBA Live 2010 and I was VERY disappointed. People even laughed at me for not buying 2K10 -.- How could I have known that EA would ruin a franchise such as Live?

  6. #6 by MAINEiac4434 on April 7th, 2011 [ 3494 Points ]

    Royalty32: So disappointed in EA. I remember way back when NBA Live was the shit. If you were a gamer and a basketball fan Live was a must. Shit i remember have tournements at my house…though were the days. Now EA just let 2K rip its heart out. Damn shame!  

    It is a crying shame. EA has really fallen far. MVP Baseball was great. Really, only FIFA and NHL are any good from EA. Madden hardly counts because we all know 2K would blow Madden out of the water had the NFL not given EA exclusive rights.

    Markus:
    I agree with every word of your post. And the tournaments that we had were epic. I’m talking game 7 game winning buzzer beating treys from half court. 10-2 runs with 30 seconds left in the game. Good times…I picked up NBA Live 2010 and I was VERY disappointed. People even laughed at me for not buying 2K10 -.- How could I have known that EA would ruin a franchise such as Live?  

    I stopped picking up Live in 2006. 2K was still better in every way, even on the PS2. I don’t think EA itself screwed up, it was just 2K became better at making basketball games. Especially after EA got exclusive rights to the NFL. I imagine that really pissed the higher-ups at 2K and Take-Two Interactive off.

  7. #7 by Markus on April 8th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    2K11 is 40$ at local Wal Mart and Madden 11 is 70$… I’m going to pick up 2K11 tomorrow. It will be my first 2K game *gasp*


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