Jordan vs. Bird One On One

Read the review here.

“Simplifying the tried-and-true formula of other basketball-based games, such as the arcade hit Double Dribble or specialty titles like the Harlem Globetrotters cartridge, Jordan Vs. Bird sought to cater to all the couch potatoes who had an interest in the two names on the box. Thus, the three-point contest only required one button and was simply a matter of timing, while the slam-dunk contest was just a simulation of one dunk at a time with easily learned positioning required. They also only pit the player alone, just trying to reach a high score. The highlight is the one-on-one against a computer version of whichever player you did not choose. Jordan can dunk, Bird can shoot threes better, and that about sums it up.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.

There are still dunks I cannot get a perfect score on, no matter how I try. I must be missing something. Now, I am a basketball guy, and a big Larry Bird fan, but I cannot help but question what I am doing when the three-point shoot-out is solo. Then again, Larry Bird is probably among the few people who really would just launch threes in clusters in a gym all by himself. It is just an odd, non-competitive emphasis for a hoops title. The one-on-one feature is obviously the highlight, and makes me wish (I am serious about this) they had done a NBA One On One game for that time period, where you could pick from a list of then-current NBA superstars and play others in a tournament. Can you imagine that? Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Reggie Miller, Kevin Johnson, Shawn Kemp, Larry Johnson, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, all in their primes, or more of the slightly-more-obscure-but-uniquely-talented-guards like Mark Jackson, Danny Ainge, Dan Majerle, John Stockton, my goodness I would have loved that game.

By the time NBA Jam released I had my just-for-fun b-ball cartridge, but as a streetballer, something in my soul yearns for a quality one-on-one game. Maybe I am crazy.

One Response to “ Jordan vs. Bird One On One ”

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