In an effort to show you how out of touch they are with their consumers, EA Sports decided to bundle the heretofore Wii “exclusive” NBA Jam remake as a free download for Xbox 360 and PS3 users who purchase their pro ball simulation title, NBA Elite 11.
The game will be downloadable with a free one-use code included in new copies of NBA Elite. The 360 and PS3 version get three modes – Play Now, Classic Campaign and Online Play. It doesn’t have the Boss Battles under the Wii’s Remix mode, but it does have online multiplayer, which the Wii doesn’t.
Well that’s great, but there’s one little problem. There’s not a single person out there on this blue marble who actually wants NBA fucking Elite 11. The biggest basketball fans I know don’t even play that garbage. They’re too busy with Madden. The basketball game most dear to everyone’s heart? Of course, it’s 1995 Midway classic NBA Jam. But don’t insult the gamers, EA. We may be emotionally stunted and immature, but we’re not retarded. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY is ponying up $60 for the pile of shit that is EA’s basketball simulation just to get at the free arcade bonus you decided to throw in there. ESPECIALLY since the lesser of 2 evils that is NBA 2k11 is getting a unique game mode dedicated to His Airness. One of two things will happen:
1. Gamers will rush to buy NBA Elite 11 for the download code and return it before major retailers start paying attention. It’s hard to believe the world’s second biggest games publisher could overlook this scenario (but who knows). More likely is
2. No one will buy NBA Elite 11 and within 3 months, EA will release NBA Jam on the XBLA Marketplace and PSN as a $10 download. Personally, I can’t wait.
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