When it comes down to classic arcade related sports games from the 90’s; NBA Give ‘n Go was a memorable classic from the 16-bit Super NES that some might remember quite fondly. Unlike, NBA Jam from ‘93 which was created by Midway Give ‘n Go was developed and published by Konami and was more realistic. Despite, NBA Give ‘n Go being a 2D arcade styled basketball title the gameplay was more grounded opposed to the over the top cartoonish nature of the original NBA Jam title from 1993. The game not only had various basketball teams to choose from but it included game modes such as: Season, Playoffs, Exhibition along with Arcade. As far as the gameplay was concerned it was something special because if felt similar to a 3D video game but with 2D graphics. Aside, from NBA Give ‘n Go being a basketball game the graphics and overall design for this title looked similar to Konami’s International Superstar Soccer Deluxe which also came out on the SNES in 1995. While the animation, graphics along with the roster of basketball teams and players were strong points for for NBA Give ‘n Go; the game was subjected to minor criticisms in relation to its controls.
There also complaints about the animation for NBA Give ‘n Go being choppy at times but there was only so much that Konami could do within the limitations of the 16-bit SNES console. One of the biggest drawbacks of NBA Give ‘n Go was the fact that famous players like Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley were absent in this game. Also, Michael Jordan who made his NBA return in March 1995 following his ‘93 retirement was also absent in Give ‘n Go as well. Even though, NBA Give ‘n Go was not on the same level in terms of popularity as the Jam series; it was still considered a decent title for time. However, NBA Give’n Go most likely got overshadowed in ‘95-‘96 due to the growing popularity of the PS1 along with the overall appeal 3D gaming had during that time period. By the mid the 90’s the SNES was becoming obsolete and unfortunately there were many good titles for the SNES that was overlooked in general. Even though, NBA Give ‘n Go is not considered to be one of the greatest basketball games ever Konami managed to develop a solid sports title that could easily appeal to casual gamers.