The GOAT of basket

The story of Michael Jordan in videogames
Rivista Ufficiale NBA is the official magazine of the NBA in Italy.
We have been asked to realize a series of illustrations about the GOAT (greatest of all time) of basketball: Michael Jordan.

His story is told through the famous video games he has been represented in, since the first games for SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) to the most recent NBA2K (series of basketball simulation video games developed and released annually since 1999).


Jordan vs Bird: One on One

(1988, IBM PC / Commodore 64 / NES / Sega Mega Drive / Game Boy)


Jordan vs. Bird: One on One is a 1988 basketball video game developed by Electronic Arts.It is available for the Mega Drive/Genesis, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Commodore 64, Game Boy and the PC. Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls and Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics were the only two players in the game, which allowed the player to participate in a one-on-one basketball game.



Team USA Basketball

(1992, Sega Mega Drive)


Team USA Basketball was a 1992 video game that was available for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis game console. The game was a spinoff following the success of the Bulls vs Lakers video game as well as the popularity explosion of the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team also known as the “Dream Team”.


Space Jam

(1996, PSX / Saturn)


Space Jam is a sports video game that ties in with the film of the same name. It was released for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn consoles, and MS-DOS computers. Unlike the film and real rules of basketball, each team plays 3-on-3. Players have a choice whether to play as the TuneSquad or the Monstars.



Nba2k11 – Nba2K15

(2010-2014 all platforms)


The NBA 2K series is a series of basketball simulation video games developed and released annually since 1999. The premise of each game in the series is to emulate the sport of basketball, more specifically, the National Basketball Association, and present improvements over the previous installments. The series was originally published by Sega, under the label Sega Sports, and is now published by 2K Sports.


The Last Shot

(today, Pearl Pavillion, New York)


The Last Shot turned 4 huge digital screens into a fully-reactive and immersive basketball half court – that let players step into a virtual time machine to recreate the moments that changed the sport forever. The Last Shot’ experience was an unprecedented combination of technical innovation and brand storytelling.