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This is a list of the best basketball games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated basketball games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest basketball games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these basketball games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging basketball games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new basketball games.

List is made up of games like NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best basketball games?" and "What is the greatest basketball game of all time?"
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NBA 2K11 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2010
NBA 2K11 is a basketball video game developed by Visual Concepts and 2K Sports and published by 2K Sports. It was released on October 5, 2010 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, ...more

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NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2010
NBA Jam is a basketball video game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports. It is the latest installment in the NBA Jam video game franchise and it was released on October 5, 2010. The ...more

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NBA 2K13 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2012
NBA 2K13 is a basketball video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It was released on October 2, 2012 in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, ...more

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NBA 2K15 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
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NBA 2K15 is a basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It is the sixteenth installment in the NBA 2K franchise and the successor to NBA 2K14. It ...more

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NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1993
NBA Jam is a basketball arcade game published and developed by Midway in 1993. It is the first entry in the NBA Jam series. The main designer and programmer for this game was Mark Turmell. ...more

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NBA Street Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added 2003
NBA Street Vol. 2 is the sequel to NBA Street. It was released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and for the first time in the series, on the Xbox. Japan was only able to see a ...more

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NBA Jam Tournament Edition is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
AlSartwell added 1994

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NBA 2K10 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2009
NBA 2K10 is a basketball video game based on the National Basketball Association developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It was released on October 6, 2009 on Xbox 360, ...more

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NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1999
NBA Showtime is a basketball video game by Midway. A descendant of NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime, Showtime is modeled after the NBA presentations on NBC. The original arcade version features team ...more

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NBA Hangtime is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1996
NBA Hangtime is a basketball video game published & developed by Midway and released for arcade in 1996. Home versions followed for Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super ...more

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NBA Live 96 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
andy-lautenschleger added 1995
NBA Live 96 is the second installment of the NBA Live video games series. The PC and PlayStation covers features Shaquille O'Neal of the Orlando Magic, while the Super Nintendo Entertainment ...more

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NBA 2K is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1999
NBA 2K is the first installment of the NBA 2K series. It was published by Sega Sports and developed by Visual Concepts. The cover features Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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NBA 2K9 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2008

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College Hoops 2K8 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added 2007
College Hoops 2K8 is a video game by Visual Concepts and 2K Sports. It was released on November 19, 2007 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. The cover features Greg Oden, formerly ...more

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Tecmo NBA Basketball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1992
Tecmo NBA Basketball is a basketball video game that released by Tecmo for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Like Tecmo Super Bowl before it, the game features cinema-style cutscenes during ...more

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Double Dribble is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added 1986
Double Dribble, known in Japan as Exciting Basket, was the second basketball arcade game developed and released in 1986 by Konami. It was the second basketball arcade game by Konami, following ...more

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College Slam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1996
College Slam is a college basketball game published by Acclaim. Its game play is nearly identical to NBA Jam,. It includes most major Division I colleges, but there are many, such as the ...more

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NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2003
NBA Jam is a 3-on-3 basketball video game published by Acclaim Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2003. It is part of the NBA Jam series. The game was announced on May 12, 2003. The ...more

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Jordan vs. Bird: One on One is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1988
Jordan vs. Bird: One on One is a 1988 basketball video game developed by Electronic Arts. It is available for the Mega Drive/Genesis, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Commodore 64, Game ...more

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Ncaa March Madness 2000 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added Ncaa March Madness 2000

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Arch Rivals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1989
Arch Rivals is a basketball arcade game released by Midway in 1989. Billed by Midway as "A Basket Brawl", the game features two-on-two full court basketball games in which players are ...more

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NBA Street V3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added 2005
NBA Street V3 is the third game in the NBA Street series. It is the sequel of NBA Street Vol. 2. It was released for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox, along with a PlayStation Portable port of ...more

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NBA 2K8 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2007
NBA 2K8 is a video game.

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NBA Live 10 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2009
NBA Live 10 is the 2009 installment in the NBA Live series, developed and published by Electronic Arts. Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic is the cover athlete. It was released on October 6, ...more

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NBA Live 98 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added
NBA Live 98 is a basketball video game based on the National Basketball Association and the fourth installment of the NBA Live series. The cover features Tim Hardaway of the Miami Heat. The game ...more