Retro Gaming: NBA Jam and Final Fantasy III Land on iPad

Retro gamers, rejoice: two legendary games of the ’90s just landed on the iPad earlier today, Electronic Arts’ NBA Jam, as well as Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy III. While extremely different, as NBA Jam is an over-the-top arcade basketball action game, and Final Fantasy is a Japanese-style, turn-based role-playing game, both game were major hits when launched in 1993 and 1990, respectively. Final Fantasy III

Japanese-style RPG fans, rejoice, as Square-Enix just ported the iPhone version of Final Fantasy III to the iPad. First released in 1990, Final Fantasy III was the first title in the Final Fantasy series to become a million-seller, establishing once and for all that Square Enix’s classic RPG saga was here to stay. The game was initially released on the now defunct NES, and was an instant success among gamers worldwide, thanks to a rich story, a large world to explore, and a slew of quests. Just like the iPhone version, the iPad port comes with updated, 3D graphics, and retains the recipe that made the game a success, from the job system that allows characters to change classes, to the ability to summon powerful creatures such as Ramuh and Odin. Overall, the game is very close to the DS version, with a new 3D engine, a much higher resolution, and updated textures. The game is a bit on the expensive side, as it costs $16.99 – a small price to pay given the quality and the depth of the game in our opinion. More details are available here. NBA Jam

The over-the-top, high-flying, 2-on-2 arcade basketball action game is as fun as ever. The game offers 30 NBA teams, and a slew of NBA legends, such as Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Dr. J, Scott Skiles, Karl Malone, Detlef Schrempf, and Danny Manning Just like the original version, expect incredible moves, outrageous dunks, and hours of fun, especially if you play against friends. The game offers three modes:
  • 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 cheats
  • Local Multiplayer – Go big head 2 big head against a friend on iPad or iPhone/iPod touch via local WiFi and Bluetooth
The game doesn’t come cheap either, as it will set you back $9.99 – but it should keep you entertained for 20+ hours, and even more thanks to the multiplayer mode. More details are available here.