Taking arguably the two biggest NBA stars at the time, and putting them together in a basketball game only makes sense. You have Larry Bird from the Boston Celtics whom is the best out-side shooting forward in the game. Then you have Michael Jordan perhaps the best basketball player during his playing career from the Chicago Bulls. Jordan Vs Bird was released after both players won their respected NBA All-Star events. Michael Jordan just won his first Slam Dunk contests and quit frankly “flew” him self into fame. Then Larry Bird just won his third and final, three point content.
It seems fitting to pair two of the NBA’s best in a head to head challenge. At the time when this game first came out, it was awesome to be able to dunk like Jordan and dr. J. Jordan Vs Bird is broken down into 8 events:
- One on One – Full Game
- One on One – Street Ball Game play to either 15 or 11 points
- One on One – Practice Game
- Slam Dunk Contest
- Slam Dunk – Practice
- Follow the leader –
- 3 Point Contest
- 3 Point Contest Practice
All of the one on one games are pretty much the same, if you click the options menu. You have the same choices to change, from player selections, what to play too etc. Except the warm-up mode, you just practice here. Its rather funny all the dunking Michel Jordan does and all the long range shooting is done by Larry Bird. It kind of follows the old saying “white men can’t jump”.
Slam Dunk Contest:
You have a choice of ten dunks to choose from, you select the dunk. Then depending on how well you launch and perform the dunk, will determine your score out of 50 from five judges.
Follow the Leader:
Player 1 makes a dunk, and player 2 has to do the same dunk. To get a high dunk grade, you need to limit the amount of dribbling, and go directly to the launch spot and dunk. There are a total of 10 dunks to choose from, and each dunk has a different launch spot on the court. Meaning to be able to complete a certain dunk, you need to launch in the spot assigned for that particular dunk.
Three Point Contest:
Just like a traditional 3-point contest you have (5) racks of balls in (5) different locations on the court. The goal is to make as many shots as you can using all the balls in 60 seconds.
The dynamics of Jordan Vs Bird are pretty simple and controlled by the game for the most part. The most difficult aspects of the game is deciding when to launch your shot, so doing some practice will certainly payoff. Same with the dunks, you will need to practice in order to figure out the different launch spots. I found the game to be pretty entertaining; you have plenty of games you can play. This game certainly has good entertainment value making it a must play NES sports game.
Sure nowadays the graphics on the game are not so good, but the graphics where pretty good back in 1988. This was probably among the top three most popular basketball games the NES had to offer. The other two basketball games would probably be Tecmo Basketball, Double Dribble and I’ll throw in Arch Rivals.
The Game Score: 5.5 Out of 10
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Sports, Basketball
Console: Nintendo NES
Player: Single, Multi-player
Developer: Electronic Arts
Section: NES Review