93: Double Dribble

Genre: Basketball

Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Year: 1987

Basic Idea:  Try to beat your opponent while missing 40% of your dunks.

Review: The digitized voice as the game loads reminds you that you are playing Dubba Dribu, but it was pretty sweet back in 1987.  One of the game’s main draws is the totally radical close up shots of slam dunks.  Unfortunately, many of those dunks result in a loud clang as the ball goes flying.  It gets to the point where it’s almost better to take shots farther out.

Nearly every basketball game for the NES is worse than the basketball game for the Atari 2600.  Double Dribble is pretty simple, but the controls are very fluid and the action is fast paced. My main quibble is that it’s too easy to steal; thus, scoring requires a Norman Dale four-pass offense.  There are four different teams, all with slightly different strengths, though it’s mostly negligible.  Playing against the computer is either too easy or too hard depending on the level, but playing against a friend could still be fun.

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3 thoughts on “93: Double Dribble

  1. Aaaaaand we’re back with a game I played regularly after two that I only played once or twice. I beat this several times, and can definitely vouch for your last sentence.

    I also was amused/annoyed at the large number of missed dunks.

    Nostalgia would have had me overrating this game, probably. I’ve played a few truly great basketball games since, so it would probably be painful to try this today.

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