NBA Live 99

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NBA Live 99
NBA Live 99
Antoine Walker on the cover of NBA Live 99
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts, EA Sports
Series NBA Live
Platform(s) PlayStation, Windows, Nintendo 64
Release date(s) Windows
  • NA October 31, 1998
  • EU 1998
  • JP April 28, 1999
  • NA October 31, 1998
  • EU 1998
Nintendo 64
  • NA November 4, 1998
  • EU December 1998
Genre(s) Sports (Basketball)
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution CD, Cartridge

NBA Live 99 is the 1999 installment of the NBA Live video games series. The cover features Antoine Walker of the Boston Celtics. The game was developed by EA Sports and released on October 31, 1998 for the Windows and PlayStation, then in November 4, 1998 for the Nintendo 64. Don Poier is the play-by-play announcer. It was the first NBA Live game released for Nintendo 64. NBA Live 99 is followed by NBA Live 2000.


NBA Live 99 is EA Sports' NBA release for the 1998–99 NBA season. Some of the major additions in Live 99 include Practice Mode and multi-season play featuring player development between seasons. Although it did not feature free agency or generated rookies, it would turn out to be the forerunner to Franchise Mode. Live 99 shipped with 1997-98 season rosters due to the NBA lockout of 1998–99 putting a hold on player movements and rookie signings during the summer of 1998. Some prominent bugs led to the NBA Live Series Center fan site submitting a patch petition to EA Sports which resulted in two official patches which included roster update for the 98–99 season.

As Live 99 kept the same file formats as Live 98, patchers were able to produce the same wide variety of patches using an updated version of the EA Graphics Editor and the NBA Live 99 Toolkit.[1]


LIVE Hoops

  • Fresh new moves, including jab steps, fake passes and aggressive rebounding, plus high-flying new dunks.
  • Real NBA stats, real NBA players, real NBA moves.
  • Create a dynasty with new multiple seasons - players evolve over time.
  • Enhanced GM mode with full NBA draft and realistic computer trading.

LIVE Technology

  • New Sports Ticker via the Internet - check NBA scores as you play.
  • Unreal 3D graphics with real-time lighting and hundreds of animations.
  • Unbelievable player detail, including fully modeled heads and facial animations.

LIVE Style

  • New Pro-Action AI includes smarter, more realistic player reactions.
  • TV presentation - moving cameras focus on player highlights.
  • New enhanced Play-by-Play and Color Commentary.


The game featured five main menu songs composed by Traz Damji.

  • Track 1 - "The Big Ticket"
  • Track 2 - "From Downtown"
  • Track 3 - "1999 Funk St."
  • Track 4 - "Keep'n It Real"
  • Track 5 - "Shakin' 'N' Bakin'"

Platform differences[edit]

The Nintendo 64 version is actually an updated port of NBA Live 98, and not the same as the PC and PlayStation. The PC and PlayStation versions also featured a bug, out of the box, where players did not fatigue properly. While the PC version received a patch, it is unknown if, but highly unlikely, the PlayStation version was fixed in later production versions.[1]


  • Due to the NBA lockout, Live 99 featured final 1997-98 rosters accurate as of July 1, 1998 rather than early 1998-99 rosters featuring the draft class of 1998. EA Sports released two official patches, the first updating the rosters, adding the 50 game schedule and addressing several gameplay issues, while the second served as a midseason roster update.
  • Prior to the official roster update, Michael Jordan was once again represented by a "Roster Player".
  • Multi-season play and Practice Mode were introduced in Live 99.


  1. ^ a b "NBA Live 99 - NLSC Wiki". Retrieved 2013-12-27.