NBA Live 97

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NBA Live 97
NBA Live 97 Cover.jpg
Developer(s) MS-DOS: EA Sports
PlayStation: EA Canada
Super NES/Genesis: NuFX/Hitmen Productions
Sega Saturn: Realtime Associates
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts, THQ
Composer(s) Brian L. Schmidt
Series NBA Live
Platform(s) MS-DOS, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Super NES, Genesis
Release [1]DOS
  • NA: December 31, 1996
  • NA: October 31, 1996
  • EU: December 1996
  • JP: February 28, 1997
[3]Sega Saturn
[4]Super NES
  • NA: December, 1996
  • EU: 1996
Genre(s) Sports (Basketball)
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer (Head to Head or Cooperative)

NBA Live 97 is the third installment of the NBA Live video games series. The cover features Mitch Richmond of the Sacramento Kings. The game was developed by EA Sports and released on November 1, 1996. The MS-DOS, Sega Saturn and PlayStation versions featured 3D models for the on-court players thus marking it as the first 3D EA Sports Basketball sequel for the series. It was also the first NBA Live released for the Sega Saturn. NBA Live 97 is followed by NBA Live 98.


Virtually Live

  • New texture-mapped polygon players.
  • New "Player Card" portraits and Cool Facts.
  • Individual team uniforms and player heads.
  • 3D rendered Virtual Stadium home arenas for all 29 teams.
  • New Motion Capture technology.
  • Reverse layups 'n' dunks, jump hooks and finger rolls.
  • Plus crossover dribbles, alley-oops, tip slams and behind-the-back passes.

Real NBA Basketball

  • Over 60 offensive and 10 defensive sets.
  • All 29 NBA teams plus 2 NBA All-Star and 4 Custom teams.
  • 1996-97 updated rosters.
  • Animated play diagrams.
  • On-the-fly playcalling.
  • NBA PA announcer.
  • Music, Sound and Video.
  • Exhibition, Playoffs and full 1996-97 NBA schedule Season play.


  • Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley appeared as "Roster Players" as they could not be included due to licensing issues.
  • Kobe Bryant makes his video game debut in this game as a part of the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Live 97 was the first game to feature a 15 player roster. The PC version also featured 100 Create-a-Player slots.
  • Expanding upon the trivia included in Live 96, Live 97 featured audio "Cool Facts" for prominent NBA players.
  • On the Super NES and Genesis versions, simply spelling the last name and first name of the desired legend would automatically generate the desired player in the "Create A Player" mode, including accurate stats.