This phrase was ingrained in the minds and hearts of young gamers in the early 90s as NBA Jam exploded onto the arcade scene. Midway’s science experiment of taking the hardwood action of the NBA and transmogrifying it into a lightning-quick over-the-top arcade experience took the country by storm and everyone, from hoops heads to those who wouldn’t know a pick-and-roll from a slam dunk, was lacing up for the addicting two-on-two festivities.
With NBA Jam’s popularity as a coin-op it was of course a given that it would hit home consoles, and it landed on everything under the sun in 1994. My personal favorite was the Genesis version, mostly because it was the only console I had at the time, but it played great on Sega’s home console. The three-button controller was perfect for the game, giving you one button for turbo, one for shoot/rebound and one for pass/steal. The simple control scheme assured that anyone, regardless of their familiarity with NBA rules, would be able to pick it up and play with minimal effort.