Welcome to the start our coverage of Stern's next game; NBA Yes, no sooner had "24" started to appear in bars, arcades and game rooms than Stern announced their next licensed game, NBA.
The game is a re-worked Space Jam machine, with new artwork, a different arrangements of inserts, the way some shots work has changed and there is a new spinning disc in the centre of the playfield.
With the Warner Bros. characters and Michael Jordan taken out of the game, their places have been taken by a number of popular NBA players. With no fans of NBA here at Pinball News HQ we didn't know any of them, but thanks to Roman Kunovic we now know they are: Yao Ming, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and Kevin Garnett (backglass).
The 20 NBA Team Players Featured in the NBA Pinball Machine ! (Sorted By Player's Last Name - Added to this article by the Staff @ BMIGaming.com )
Carmelo Anthony | Denver Nuggets Gilbert Arenas | Washington Wizards Elton Brand | Philadelphia 76'ers Kobe Bryant | L.A. Lakers Baron Davis | L.A. Clippers Kevin Durant | Oklahoma City Thunder Vince Carter | New Jersey Nets Kevin Garnett | Boston Celtics Dwight Howard | Orlando Magic Allen Iverson | Detroit Pistons Lebron James | Cleveland Cavaliers Yao Ming | Houston Rockets Dirk Nowitzki | Dallas Mavericks Shaquille O'Neal | Phoenix Suns Tony Parker | San Antonio Spurs Chris Paul | New Orleans Hornets Nate Robinson | New York Knicks Derrick Rose | Chicago Bulls Brandon Roy | Portland Trailblazers Dwayne Wade | Miami Heat
The picture below is a mock-up, so things like the missing tournament button, the metallic top of the backbox and the ratio of the DMD split between the score and the animations are all artistic licence and not to be taken at face value.
Taking an existing design and modifying it is one way in which Gary Stern can create new models without needing any extra design staff. There is talk this new game is aimed primarily at the Chinese market where pinball has yet to make any impression but where the NBA and basketball in general has become very popular.
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