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
Platform(s)Nintendo 64
  • NA: April 27, 1998[1]
  • EU: June 10, 1998
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer

Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside, sometimes mislabeled as Kobe Bryant's NBA Courtside,[2][3][4][5][6][7] 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 star 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).


Aggregate score
Review scores
AllGame4/5 stars[9]
Consoles +87%[10]
Game Informer9/10[2]
Game RevolutionB−[3]
GamePro4.5/5 stars[4]
N64 Magazine90%[6][15]
Nintendo Power7.8/10[7]

The game received "favorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[8]


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  2. ^ a b McNamara, Andy; Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew (May 1998). "Kobe Bryant's NBA Courtside". Game Informer. No. 61. FuncoLand. Archived from the original on September 9, 1999. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Dr. Moo (May 1998). "Kobe Bryant's NBA Courtside Review". Game Revolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on June 13, 1998. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Johnny Ballgame (May 1998). "Kobe Bryant's NBA Courtside". GamePro. No. 116. IDG Entertainment. p. 101. Archived from the original on December 13, 2004. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Toose, Dan (August 1998). "Kobe Bryant's NBA Courtside". Hyper. No. 58. Next Media Pty Ltd. p. 57. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Kitts, Martin (July 1998). "Kobe Bryant's NBA Courtside (Import)". N64 Magazine. No. 17. Future plc. pp. 66–67.
  7. ^ a b "Kobe Bryant's NBA Courtside". Nintendo Power. Vol. 107. Nintendo of America. April 1998. p. 96. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 4, 2019. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  9. ^ Cook, Brad. "Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside". Consoles + (in French). No. 78. July–August 1998. pp. 112–13.
  11. ^ Edge staff (July 1998). "Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside". Edge. No. 60. Future plc. p. 90. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  12. ^ "Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis. 1998.
  13. ^ Alway, Robin (August 1998). "Review: Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside". GamesMaster. No. 71. Future plc. p. 67. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  14. ^ MacDonald, Ryan (May 1, 1998). "Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside Review [date mislabeled as "April 28, 2000"]". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  15. ^ Kitts, Martin (August 1998). "Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside". N64 Magazine. No. 18. Future plc. pp. 68–70.

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