All-Pro Basketball is the only NES basketball game where you can play as the rare and elusive Chicago Zephyrs. That’s right, the Zephyrs! Otherwise, the game is straightforward basketball.
You pick from a variety of fake teams with fake players (Charles Barclay, anyone?), then move onto the fake court and dribble your way to the hole. ‘A’ is pass, ‘B’ is shoot, and the D-pad controls your players. Switching and passing are effective, but defense is shot. The other team is always better than you at stealing, dribbling, making three-point shots, etc.
There’s also “full-court play,” though Aicom never effectively follows the action across the entire court with a vertically scrolling camera. Instead, when any team crosses the middle of the court downwards onto the opposing team’s side, the screen switches black and your player is automatically on the other side of the court, still facing down, but now the basket is behind you. It’s confusing as all hell and makes a mediocre game that much worse.
If Star Force and other vertically scrolling shoot-em-ups have taught us anything, it’s that the NES processor can handle vertical scrolling with lots of movement. All-Pro Basketball is as wack as it gets.
PUBLISHER: Vic Tokai DEVELOPER: Aicom GENRE: Sports
RELEASE DATE: 07/21/89 – (JP), 12/1989 – (US)