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August 4, 2005
NBA Street Showdown - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
1/9/2005EA GamesEA Canada1-4$79.95

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Goes for the slam.
The NBA Street video games have proven themselves as the best 3-on-3 street based basketball games in recent years. Fortunately for gamers the PSP's launch in Europe and Australia will see Electronic Arts release a handheld version of the game - but one which promises everything from the past including the ultimate quest to become a street legend in King of the Courts mode, or some multi-player action thanks to the PSP's Wi-Fi capabilities.

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One of the mini-games.
In NBA Street you will take your skills to a new level and challenge the greatest basketball icons to ever hit the court. Not only is it possible to tip off against the baddest old-school legends and today’s hottest players and rise above the rim with bigger-than-life moves. You will have to defeat the best the streets have to offer with an arsenal of dunks, passes, dribbles, and tricks. Begin your journey to become a street legend with NBA Street.

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Jump ball time.
Feature-wise NBA Street is quite impressive. As with most EA Sports title it will be possible to create your own street baller to match your strengths and looks - however whacky they be. The PSP versions includes two unique game modes as well. Earn style points in Shot Blocker and Arcade Shootout modes and enhance your status as the game’s newest street legend.

Multi-player will also be well supported with one-on-one gameplay while Party Play allows up to four players to compete in two high-flyin’ game modes: Shot Blocker and Arcade Shootout using one PSP!

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On the Bridge Point court.
As with most of Electronic Arts' PSP titles the game includes Pocket Trax - the PSP's version of EA Trax. This new feature designed allows you to listen and watch music content via this built-in player.

Electronic Arts are supporting the PSP in a big way with over 20 titles in development for the system. The NBA Street franchise has proven itself as one of the best extreme sports titles on Playstation 2 and this version looks every bit as impressive. Expect a release in September to coincide with the systems launch.