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The Best Basketball Games of All Time  

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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
Oct 05 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
4
NBA 2K15 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
-46 added
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 Street Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added Apr 28 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 is listed (or ranked) 6 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 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
Oct 06 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 2K is listed (or ranked) 9 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 Live 06 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
marcos-villavicencio added Sep 26 2005
NBA Live 06 is a 2005 installment of the NBA Live series released on the Xbox 360, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2 and Mobile. It was developed by ...more
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NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
NBA Live 2003 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
marcos-villavicencio added 2002
NBA Live 2003 was the 2003 installment of the NBA Live video games series. The cover features Jason Kidd as a member of the New Jersey Nets. The game was developed by EA Sports and released on ...more
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NBA Live 96 is listed (or ranked) 13 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 Hangtime is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
NBA Street is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added Jun 18 2001
NBA Street is a basketball video game developed by EA Canada and was released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2 and in 2002 for the GameCube. It combines the talent and big names of the National ...more
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NBA 2K9 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2008
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NBA 2K18 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
marcos-villavicencio added
NBA 2K18 is a 2017 basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving serves as cover athlete for the regular
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College Slam is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
Tecmo NBA Basketball is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Nov 01 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
20
College Hoops 2K8 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added Nov 05 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
21
Ncaa March Madness 2000 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added Ncaa March Madness 2000
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Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1998
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside is a basketball simulation game for the Nintendo 64. It was released in 1998 and received a Player's Choice designation after selling one-million copies. At the time ...more
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Double Dribble is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
Jordan vs. Bird: One on One is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Arch Rivals is listed (or ranked) 25 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