NBA Jam provided an innovative amount of features including special powers such as "on fire" dunks and "super powered" alley-oops. The commentary was also revolutionary, bringing such quotes as "He's on fire!".
The game was such a success that it spawned an entire series on further consoles including the N64, which featured NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC. NBA Jam has since been remade for modern systems.
- The game was nominated for favorite video game at the 1995 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
- The game won 2 awards in the 1994 Nintendo Power Awards: Best Sports Game and Best Multiplayer Game.