The Evolution of Basketball Video Games

GBA Championship Basketball (1986)

Released for a host of platforms, GBA Championship Basketball is still probably a game you've never played, and yet it boasts some interesting twists that would eventually become staples of basketball video games. For one, the camera angle is more or less the 2K camera from the NBA 2K series, and a marked departure from the side-scrolling style of most previous games. Secondly, it has a thin veneer of pro presentation in the form of game wraps in the Gamestar Gazette. Players also feature individualized attributes (supposedly based on real basketball superstars of the time) like Dribbling, Quickness and Jumping, although they also have the hilariously tin-eared attribute Race. It's unclear if the white guys can't jump.

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