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NCAA Basketball -- Nintendo

NCAA Basketball is one of many new sports games available for the Super Nintendo. Choose from all your favorite teams, set up your own roster, and even pick your own play style. Mode 7 graphics take players all the way to the hoop.

Ferrari Man
Basketball is such a difficult game to make a game of. Sounds funny but it is very true. The SNES's capabilities really make NCAA really stand aside however. Nice scalling and easy playability. The lack of a crowd didn't even strike me until I had played quite a bit and then I really was glad there was none. Had there been, following your character would have become difficult.

I like it. Just the view of the court is enough to play it. The rotation is used very nicely in this game. You get to choose from all the real league teams and control your favorite players. This game handles nicely. I think the game could have used a background like a crowd to add a little realism. Not bad though, very well done.

As I've said before, only a few sports games really excite me, and this isn't one of them. I didn't like the play control, and personally I thought the characters looked rather goofy. There is definitely good use of Mode 7 effects being used here. The graphics and crowd noise response are attention grabbers, but that's about it. This is a game I'll tolerate to watch others play.

Mode 7 basketball may seem silly at first until you've played NCAA. The players respond beautifully and the crown and sound effects are really reactive. Unlike many sports games, changes in roster and play strategy on the coach's screen actually have a significant effect on play. While the blue background may make you feel like your playing basketball in outer space at first, after you begin to get into the game you don't really notice it. Slam dunk!

>>>>> 74.0/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
Sound 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
Gameplay/Control 4.5 4.0 3.0 4.0
Longevity/Playability 4.0 4.0 1.5 4.0
Overall 4.0 4.0 3.0 4.0
Total 19.5 19.0 15.5 20.0

Originally appeared Vol 1, Iss 5 (12/92-01/93)