As someone who was raised on titles like Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey and Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball on Gameboy, it’s been absolutely fascinating to watch sports games evolve over the past couple of decades. Each year, the likes of Madden and FIFA continue to push the limits, but every once in a while I like to harken back to simpler times by turning to one game that’s stood the test of time: NBA Jam.
NBA Jam was a literal game-changer when it was first released in 1993 and gave NBA fans the chance to play as their favorite athletes in a truly over-the-top game of two-on-two. As far as I’m concerned, there was nothing better than running the floor with the dynamic duo that was Karl Malone and John Stockton and smoking fools on the basketball court.
NBA Jam has been continually updated over the years but it still remains remarkably unchanged aside from updated rosters, which makes it perfect for anyone who’s trying to get their nostalgia fix. If you fall into that group, then I’d like to bring your attention to a new line of NBA Jam-inspired jerseys from Mitchell & Ness that just made me go from six to midnight.
The company combined some of the game’s best players with an on-point 90s aesthetic and there are not enough flame emojis in the world to describe how fire these are.
New York Knicks
Golden State Warriors
As if that wasn’t enough, they also pulled out all the stops for a Seattle Mariners jersey to pay tribute to The Kid.
You can cop the jerseys, shorts, and a few other pieces— which retail between $400 and $500— on the Mitchell & Ness website. It might seem a bit steep but can you really put a price on getting to relive your childhood every time you throw one of these on?