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Arcade throwback NBA Playgrounds jams on Switch, Xbox One and PS4 in May

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Big head basketball is back

LeBron James in NBA Playgrounds
Saber Interactive

NBA Playgrounds, a game outed at the end of February's Nintendo Switch Direct showcase, was confirmed by its maker today and will launch in May for the Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

In this trailer, given to IGN today, NBA Playgrounds is shown to be a 2-on-2 arcade-style basketball game in the tradition of NBA Jam. Big-headed current stars and all-time greats pull off twirling dunks from high above the rim.

The players, who include active all-stars like Steph Curry and James Harden, along with new Hall-of-Famers Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson, will be leveled up as players use them.

IGN says NBA Playgrounds will feature solo play plus local and online multiplayer. It's being developed by Saber Interactive and will retail, download only, for $20.

Once a prolific source of spinoff titles, there hasn't been an NBA-licensed arcade-style game since EA Sports' NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, in 2011.

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