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Street Slam (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . There aren't a lot of arcade sports games on the Virtual Console, so Street Slam is a welcome addition. Unfortunately this addition reminds me that the far superior NBA Jam has yet to grace Nintendo's download service. Thankfully gamers can go pick up the competent reboot at their local game stores. As for Street Slam, I say save your money and check out Fatal Fury 3. Rating: 40%
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What Is It? Released in 1994, I think it's fair to call Street Slam a blatant rip-off of Midway's popular NBA Jam. This basketball game features exciting three-on-three gameplay, over-the-top slams and a total disregard for rules. You don't get real teams or much of a story mode, but Street Slam offers fast and furious arcade sports action that is just different enough to avoid a Midway lawsuit. Believe it or not, this game was popular enough to warrant a number of sequels. Sadly none ever made their way to the U.S., but maybe the Virtual Console can rectify that.

Does It Still Hold Up? The gameplay is good, though not spectacular. The game is missing the all-important turbo mode, the button you press to quickly get out of a jam. Combined with dunks and regular shots, the turbo button made you unstoppable. Sadly that's nowhere to be found in Street Slam. Instead you get powerful defense and low scoring games. The graphics are all right and it's fun against a second player (no four-player option, though), but it doesn't hold up compared to the recent NBA Jam or EA's NBA Street series.

Is It Worth The Money? There aren't a lot of arcade sports games on the Virtual Console, so Street Slam is a welcome addition. Unfortunately this addition reminds me that the far superior NBA Jam has yet to grace Nintendo's download service. Thankfully gamers can go pick up the competent reboot at their local game stores. As for Street Slam, I say save your money and check out Fatal Fury 3.
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