a game by Jaleco

Platform: NESNES

Genre: Sports

See also: Basketball Games

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  • Type: Sports
  • Difficulty: Easy

Hoops is the latest addition to Jaleco's line of sports-related video games. Hoops is, as you probably could guess, a basketball simulation that concentrates more on good arcade-style interaction than statistical or true-to-life realism.

As opposed to other basketball entries for the NES, Hoops represents "blacktop basketball" between two players one-on-one or teams going two-on-two. A variety of different characters, each with a host of strengths and weaknesses, help elevate the strategic elements of the game as well.

People says:


I like Hoops a lot! It doesn't bog down in a countless number of sub-screens to achieve that 'realistic touch', nor does it bother to restrict you to 5 member teams and shot clocks. It's laid back approach, along with some nice graphic close-ups and other supporting features, make it highly playable.


This isn't Double Dribble and it isn't meant to be. Hoops' half-court basketball makes for tighter play and strategy becomes more important. The chalk mark score keeping on the playground wall is a nice touch. Double Dribble is still the best, but try Hoops for a new type of basketball.


I like the setting of Hoops - on an asphalt court instead of an arena - and the surrounding graphics are drawn very well. It does become difficult to tell who has the ball when all the characters are close together, but other than that this is a very good basketball game with a nice slam-dunk close-up.


Hoops just doesn't have enough variety. You play 30 games of basketball and each one is about as difficult as the next. The graphics are more cartoony and the dunk sequence was done better in Double Dribble - a game that was out two years ago!

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Hoops Downloads

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On this playground, basketball is very serious business. A half court battle of fast hands and moves, monster dunks and defense. Featuring 8 different players shakin' and bakin' and showcasing their own individual styles.

reggie posted a review

Hoops, a new basketball game with a twist. Unlike other "pro" basketball simulations Hoops features one on one or two on two player "street" basketball. The players aren't high priced professionals, they're street players. Some are tall, and are good rebounders and shot blockers. Others are small and quick, burying the twenty foot jumpers is their forte. Players can go head to head, or team up against the computer. Defense is as important as offense, and Hoops is filled with ball steals, smooth moves, and plenty of "in your face" slamdunks.

reggie posted a review

Released in 1989, this Nintendo Entertainment System action basketball video game was published and developed by Jaleco USA, Inc.

It can be played by one or two players, is of half court style and may be played one-on-one or two-on two.

The story takes place in the slums. The goal of the game is to score a victory in the major sandlot basketball tournament. This will help the main game character to get out of the ghetto. The basketball in game is different from the professional. The reason is that the player is allowed to hit fouls as much as he/she feels like. And the player doesn’t have to be worried about being fouled out for unfair game. Can block shots, pass, steal, or go for a slam-dunk. The music in the game is an 8-bit interpretation of early 1990s hip-hop music.

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