The Evolution of Basketball Video Games

Jordan vs. Bird One-on-One (1988)

The next evolution of Larry Bird vs. Dr. J, Jordan vs. Bird looks remarkably similar to its predecessor, in spite of coming out some five years later, but it features innovations around the edge of the main one-on-one mode. You can compete in a 3-point shooting or slam dunk contest, and each features a new perspective on the court. The 3-point contest positions you behind Bird (at least on the Genesis version), a POV that would become standard in later NBA Live editions featuring the contest. (It's not entirely clear to me whether you could enter Jordan in the 3-point contest and Bird in the dunk contest. One of those seems more feasible than the other.) The dunk contest was from a low side view-presumably for maximum drama-but I'm not convinced of the judges bona fides.

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