NBA Street V3

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NBA Street V3
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Europe cover art.
Developer(s) EA Canada
Publisher(s) EA Sports BIG
Designer(s) EA Black Box
Series NBA Street
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • NA February 8, 2005
  • EU February 18, 2005
  • JP May 26, 2005 (GC)
  • JP August 4, 2005 (PS2)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

NBA Street V3 is the third game in the NBA Street series. It is the sequel of NBA Street Vol. 2. It was released for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox, along with a PlayStation Portable port of V3 called NBA Street Showdown.

Contributing rappers to the Golden Age of Hip Hop, the Beastie Boys, appear as playable characters.

The GameCube version contains Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach as playable characters. This was part of a deal Nintendo had with EA Sports to have Nintendo's intellectual properties appear in EA franchises.[1][2]


Gameplay consists of standard three-on-three streetball games as well as alternates such as a competition to be the first to a certain score or other objective. Players can try to collect trick points, which are scored through the use of excellent ballhandling and execution.

In NBA Street V3, Gamebreakers return to their original format from NBA Street, becoming once again unpocketable. This time, while in the air just before landing a dunk, the person controlling the Gamebreaker can do tricks with the right analog stick or pass the ball to teammates. Depending on how well these tricks are executed, and how long the ball is passed (each player may only have the ball once during a Gamebreaker), a dunk could be worth two to four points, and the opposing player's score would be subtracted by one, causing a three-to-five point swing. In an NBA game, the score changes become three to five points for the offense and a loss of two for the defense, amounting to a five-to-seven point swing. The risks added by this mechanic are the possibility of overdoing the tricks and therefore missing the basket, or (due to the variance in offensive points) allowing an opponent to take advantage of a poor or failed Gamebreaker to entirely reverse the momentum of the game. The same controls for the Gamebreaker apply in the new Dunk Contest feature. The "trick stick" is also used on the ground for specific tricks, while the trick button now performs a random trick.

Aside from customization of National Basketball Association players, it includes detailed character creators. It is also possible for a player to customize his own court; starting with a street court and eventually obtaining the top priced NBA courts.


NBA Street V3 was developed by EA Canada, and was released under the EA Sports BIG franchise. Its developing team largely consisted of the same people who developed SSX 3 and NBA Street Vol. 2.[3] The game was first unveiled in July 2004 and was intended to be, according to the game's executive producer William Mozell, "[a] celebration of the culture and inventive style of street basketball".[4]

Team Rosters[edit]

NBA Team Rosters are accurate as of December 17, 2004

NBA Teams 1 2 3 4 5
Atlanta Hawks Antoine Walker Al Harrington Josh Childress Jon Barry Kenny Anderson
Boston Celtics Paul Pierce Gary Payton Raef LaFrentz Ricky Davis Mark Blount
Charlotte Bobcats Emeka Okafor Gerald Wallace Jason Kapono Primoz Brezec Brevin Knight
Chicago Bulls Tyson Chandler Eddy Curry Kirk Hinrich Antonio Davis Ben Gordon
Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James Dajuan Wagner Drew Gooden Zydrunas Ilgauskas Jeff McInnis
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Michael Finley Jason Terry Jerry Stackhouse Marquis Daniels
Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony Andre Miller Kenyon Martin Marcus Camby Neně
Detroit Pistons Richard Hamilton Rasheed Wallace Ben Wallace Chauncey Billups Tayshaun Prince
Golden State Warriors Jason Richardson Mike Dunleavy, Jr. Troy Murphy Clifford Robinson Derek Fisher
Houston Rockets Tracy McGrady Yao Ming Juwan Howard Jim Jackson Maurice Taylor
Indiana Pacers Jermaine O'Neal Reggie Miller Ron Artest Stephen Jackson Jamaal Tinsley
Los Angeles Clippers Elton Brand Corey Maggette Kerry Kittles Marko Jaric Chris Wilcox
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant Lamar Odom Caron Butler Brian Grant Vlade Divac
Memphis Grizzlies Pau Gasol Jason Williams Bonzi Wells Mike Miller James Posey
Miami Heat Shaquille O'Neal Eddie Jones Dwyane Wade Udonis Haslem Wesley Person
Milwaukee Bucks Michael Redd Desmond Mason Keith Van Horn T.J. Ford Joe Smith
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Garnett Sam Cassell Latrell Sprewell Wally Szczerbiak Troy Hudson
New Jersey Nets Jason Kidd Vince Carter Richard Jefferson Jason Collins Ron Mercer
New Orleans Hornets Baron Davis Jamal Mashburn P.J. Brown David Wesley Jamaal Magloire
New York Knicks Stephon Marbury Allan Houston Jamal Crawford Tim Thomas Penny Hardaway
Orlando Magic Steve Francis Grant Hill Cuttino Mobley Hedo Turkoglu Dwight Howard
Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson Glenn Robinson Kenny Thomas Corliss Williamson Samuel Dalembert
Phoenix Suns Steve Nash Shawn Marion Amar'e Stoudemire Joe Johnson Quentin Richardson
Portland Trail Blazers Zach Randolph Darius Miles Damon Stoudamire Derek Anderson Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Sacramento Kings Chris Webber Mike Bibby Peja Stojakovic Brad Miller Doug Christie
San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan Tony Parker Manu Ginobili Brent Barry Robert Horry
Seattle SuperSonics Ray Allen Rashard Lewis Vladimir Radmanovic Ronald Murray Luke Ridnour
Toronto Raptors Jalen Rose Donyell Marshall Morris Peterson Rafer Alston Eric Williams
Utah Jazz Andrei Kirilenko Carlos Boozer Matt Harpring Mehmet Okur Carlos Arroyo
Washington Wizards Antawn Jamison Larry Hughes Gilbert Arenas Juan Dixon Kwame Brown


  1. 24k featuring Elephant Man - "Move Out Remix"
  2. Ak'Sent - "Bounce"
  3. Ali Vegas - "I am Street (NBA Street V3 Mix)"
  4. Beastie Boys - "An Open Letter to NYC"
  5. De La Soul - "Me Myself and I"
  6. Dirtbag - "I Ain't Going Nowhere"
  7. Don Yute - "A Lot of Girls (NBA Street V3 Mix)"
  8. Deuce Poppi featuring Trina - "To the Floor (NBA Street V3 Mix)"
  9. Guerilla Black - "Trixxx"
  10. House of Pain - "Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)"
  11. MC Lyte - "Ruffneck"
  12. Nitty - "Hey Bitty"
  13. Shells - "Ladies and Gentleman"


Review scores
Publication Score
GC PS2 Xbox
EGM 8.83/10[5] 8.83/10[5] 8.83/10[5]
Game Informer 9/10[6] 9/10[6] 9/10[6]
GamePro N/A 4/5 stars[7] 4/5 stars[7]
Game Revolution B+[8] A−[9] A−[9]
GameSpot 9.1/10[10] 9.1/10[10] 9.1/10[10]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[11] 5/5 stars[12] 5/5 stars[13]
GameZone 9.2/10[14] 9.1/10[15] 9.5/10[16]
IGN 9.4/10[17] 9.4/10[17] 9.4/10[17]
Nintendo Power 3.9/5[18] N/A N/A
OPM (US) N/A 4.5/5 stars[19] N/A
OXM N/A N/A 9.1/10[20]
Detroit Free Press N/A 4/4 stars[21] N/A
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[22] 3.5/4 stars[22] 3.5/4 stars[22]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 87.76%[23] 88.18%[24] 87.77%[25]
Metacritic 88/100[26] 89/100[27] 89/100[28]
Publication Award
IGN Editors' Choice Award[29][30][31]
GameSpot Editor's Choice Award[10]

The game was met with very positive reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 88% and 89 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions,[24][27][25][28] and 88% and 88 out of 100 for the GameCube version.[23][26]

Detroit Free Press gave the PS2 version all four stars and called it "deceptively deep, graphically sharp and a beauty to behold in the hands of two skilled players."[21] USA Today gave the game three-and-a-half stars out of four, saying, "Style, style and more style sums up the presentation of EA's hallmark street franchise. The courts look authentic and D.J. Bobbito Garcia returns with more colorful play-by-play. The music is mostly classic hip-hop and rap artists like House of Pain and the Beastie Boys that fit nicely within the action."[22] The Sydney Morning Herald gave it four stars out of five, saying, "The game has never looked better with easily recognisable pro players and vividly detailed courts. But where this latest installment excels is in enhanced options and customisation for serious fans, while still offering pick-up-and-play access for those after a quick sporting fix."[32]


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  29. ^ " Editors' Choice Awards (PS2)". IGN. Archived from the original on December 2, 2005. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  30. ^ " Editors' Choice Awards (Xbox)". IGN. Archived from the original on December 1, 2005. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  31. ^ " Editors' Choice Awards (GCN)". IGN. Archived from the original on December 29, 2005. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  32. ^ Wilcox, Mike (April 2, 2005). "New kid on the block". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 

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