Mar 16 AT 5:28 PM Taylor Wimberly 30 Comments

EA Mobile is on fire, brings NBA Jam and FIFA 12 to Android


If you grew up playing sports videogames during the 90′s you probably remember the phrases “Boomshakalaka”, “He’s heating up”, and “He’s on fire!” NBA Jam was one of my favorite games as a kid, so I was thrilled to see that EA Mobile ported the iOS version to Android this week.

Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that NBA Jam supports Android 4.0 devices, so I can’t play it on my Galaxy Nexus or Transformer Prime. From the early reviews coming in, it looks like this port lives up the the classic. NBA Jam features an average review score of 4.5, which is rare for EA Mobile games.

Highlights of NBA Jam include:

  • 3 modes of play let you ball the way you want: Play Now — Select a team and jump right into the ballgame. Classic Campaign — Defeat all other teams to win the championship, and unlock legends, hidden players, and outrageous cheats. Local Multiplayer — Go big head 2 big head against a friend via  local WiFi or Bluetooth
  • Play as your favorite Stars from all 30 NBA Teams
  • Featuring the voice of Tim Kitzrow (the original NBA JAM play-by-play announcer), you’ll hear all the classic catchphrases plus a few new ones
  • Unlock legends from the classic arcade and Open up outrageous cheats.

If your device is supported, you can pick up NBA Jam right now on the Google Play Store for $4.99. It’s nice to see multiplayer mode over local WiFi, but I’d love to see EA add online play.


This week EA also released FIFA 12. I’ve never been a fan of soccer games, but I know the sport is huge in about every country but the United States. So far the early reviews are what we have come to expect from EA’s Android ports, as the game averages a mediocre 3.7. If you are looking for a good soccer game, keep in mind Gameloft has Real Soccer 2012 available for free.

Highlights of FIFA 12 include:

  • Experience vibrant graphics and ultra-realistic animation like never before
  • Play like a superstar with famous footballers like Kaka, Rooney, and more
  • Dominate leagues like the English Premiership, La Liga, MLS and beyond
  • March toward glory in 32 real stadiums
  • Handle the ball with precise new controls optimized for Android
  • Stay in the game as you take on daily challenges


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  • aNYthing24

    Really starting to hate EA. FIFA 12 is compatible with my phone, but NBA Jam is not. HTC Sensation btw.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yep, it makes no sense which devices they support. Sims FreePlay works on the Prime, but none of their other games do yet.

      • Dave J.

        I guess I’ll just use an emulator and controller with my Prime and play NBA Jam this way until they update the android version.

        • eric

          How do I use an emulator I download it then what can u help Asus transformer prime PS and what controller

    • revs

      yea same issue totally ridiculous

    • tmihai20

      NBA Jam is not available in my country. I would be more interested in it rather than FIFA12 on mobile, because NBA Jam is console-only.

  • AsakuraZero

    nothing of value have been lost

    anyways developers should learn how to do their games in terms of compatability…

  • BigCiX

    I might have to check out the Jam.

  • honourbound68

    He’s on FIRE!!
    omg! memories of epic nba jam battles.

  • Mark Wilson

    I think I’ll pick up Jam. It used to be one of my favorite games. How about NFL Blitz?

  • Max.Steel

    FIFA 12 is $4 too expensive.

  • Juan Almanzar

    I would probably actually pay for Jam but seeing how it won’t work on my Galaxy Nexus, won’t be making that purchase any time soon. :(

    • LukeT32

      I will second that

  • J5atl

    No support for HTC Amaze either this sucks…. had my hopes up

    • baena

      I have the same phone as you….and this sucks!
      Its provably the only game i like on android and its not avalible!!

  • B2L

    Fifa 12 is compatible, but NBA Jam isn’t on my International Galaxy Note.

  • Clark Wimberly

    Jam doesn’t work on my Prime OR my Galaxy Nexus. Both brand new, running the latest stock build. What a sad, embarrassing release.

  • spazby

    i am surprised by the limited number of devices that are compatible…

  • daveloft

    I’m still waiting for EA to add support for the Galaxy Nexus into Real Racing 2. The game actually works but it wont let me install or download it. I had to download the game on a Nexus S, then transfer the apk and storage files to my Galaxy Nexus to get it to work. 4 months later after multiple request for an update they still haven’t updated the game to add support for a device that actually works. Utterly pathetic.

  • BigCiX

    Has NBA Jam for about 2 hours now. Plays just like the arcade -LG Thrill

  • heynow

    This fragmentation is getting ridiculous. NBA Jam is free or 99 cents on the iOS, and the ORIGINAL iPhone can play this game…

  • Sangheon96

    Finally fifa 12 and nba jam!!!

  • Rauelius

    I finally fired up NBA Jam on my iPad3 and it’s very very good. Was looking to get it on my Prime due to me switching between the two every day and because a lot of the cross platform games seem to actually look better on the Prime. I hope EA fixes this, because I was raring to enjoy it. If anyone was wondering, Dungeon Defenders, Riptide, and Sonic 4 look noticeably better and the Prime vs the iPad3.

  • Gage

    Uh, apparently my galaxy note isn’t supported. Its still stuck on gingerbreak so ics isn’t the problem. What the hell ea?

  • patmoe89

    can someone tell me how to get diamond dash for my android????

  • Derek

    This sucks!! I love that game and its unavailable for the HTC Rezound!!! WTF?!?!?!?!?

  • Lewis

    Neither game is available for the HTC Rezound, and both should run fine on it. Baffles me.

  • Outspoken

    More importantly… Why is there STILL no online multiplay???? not local or Bluetooth, but proper worldwide? Games like NBA Jam needs this!!!!

  • Tyler Mooney

    This is ridiculous…..NBA Jam is available on the original galaxy S but not my new HTC sensation ? Common the phone has a daulcore prossecer and benchmarks nearly 30000 over my old galaxy S …… why older phones before newer? The world may never know……

  • duderino

    Love this game, I got the chance to play it on a friends’ iphone. It was likely the best game I have ever played on a phone and it was always a top favorite console game of mine growing up.

    However, I am deeply saddened that this game does not work with my fairly new Samsung Galaxy Blaze.

    I highly recommend this game to anyone who has a compatible phone.

    All my friends and I await the release of this game for our devices and would love to purchase this game when its available.