Polygon got an early look at the upcoming NBA Playgrounds from EA Sports and Saber Interactive, and it looks to be the replacement for the arcade basketball classic NBA Jam. And what’s not to like about it? It’s got 2-on-2 hoops with overly stylized renditions of the biggest stars in basketball and deceptively simple basketball mechanics.
Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch, who is also hilariously developing the Shaq Fu reboot, says that his studio is trying to take the best from both NBA Jam and NBA Street, both very popular arcade basketball releases in their day.
There’s a real opportunity for an arcade-style basketball game.
Polygon’s early impressions are glowing, so head on over and check out what they think as well. I haven’t played it yet, but I like what I see.
Releasing on all platforms, should thrive on the Nintendo Switch
EA Sports is bringing this game to all platforms. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch owners will all be able to purchase the game on May 9, next week, but I think the Nintendo Switch is where this will thrive the most. Not only are owners still starving for content in between The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this is also the kind of experience Nintendo wants to prioritize on the Switch socially.
Pick up and play mechanics, simple arcade action that anyone can enjoy, play it at a party, play it at home, impress everyone around you. Nintendo, throw your weight behind this title because this is exactly the kind of third-party game you should be pitching to your audience.
NBA Playgrounds releases on May 9 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch for $19.99.