Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside
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|Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside|
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
|Developer(s)||Left Field Productions|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside is a basketball simulation game for the Nintendo 64. It was released in 1998 and received a Player's Choice designation after selling one-million copies. At the time of the game's release, Kobe Bryant was in his second NBA season and at age 19, was the youngest player to have a game to his namesake. It was followed by a sequel, NBA Courtside 2: Featuring Kobe Bryant, released in 1999.
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside features 5-on-5 gameplay. There are three modes: Pre-Season (Exhibition), Season, and Playoffs. In both Season and Playoffs modes, players have the option to simulate games.
Team rosters reflect the 1997-98 NBA season with two notable omissions: Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan, and Golden State Warriors superstar Latrell Sprewell. Due to licensing agreements, a fictional player named "Roster Player #98" is used in Jordan's place. Upon the game's release, Sprewell was serving a 68-game suspension from the league (see: 1997 choking incident).
IGN gave Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside a 7.8 out of 10 overall, praising the graphics by saying the animation, detailed players and medium-resolution mode were smooth, though the reviewer noted that the stiff characters looked awkward.
- IGN Reviews Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside
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