Harlem Globetrotters

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a game by Gametek, and Full Fat Productions
Genre: Sports
Platforms: GBA, NESNES
Editor Rating: 3.6/10, based on 4 reviews
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Harlem Globetrotters
Harlem Globetrotters
Harlem Globetrotters
Harlem Globetrotters

The hilarious Globetrotters are coming to the NES in one of the best basketball games yet! All the standard b-ball rules are here but once you gain control of the ball try out some of the trick shots like the behind the back shot or the somersault slam dunk! As you get better, baffle your opponents (a 4 player game with the 4 Score) with some fancy shoulder roll passes or even the the wild finger spin pass!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

Released in 1991, this sports video game was published and developed by Gametek. Harlem Globetrotters is a Nintendo Entertainment System sports game about an exhibition basketball team that combined athleticism and comedy, which did some tricks to make an impression on basketball fans and create one of the most popular in the world sports entertainment franchises.

There is only an exhibition mode in this game, and this makes it different from most basketball video games. The play can choose to play on the part of the Harlem Globetrotters or their opponents. What else the player can do is to trick. For example, when playing as the Harlem Globetrotters, why not trip the ref when a free throw (unopposed attempt to score points from a restricted area on the court) has been called or even try to pull down the referee's pants or even.

Of all the basketball teams one of the most famous isn't a real team at all. Just a group of good players who are out playing the game for fun. They are none other than the Harlem Globetrotters. Gametek is bringing their style of basketball to the Nintendo and you can play against the computer or a friend. The game moves fast and scrolls smoothly from one side of the court to the other. It's fun and well done.

For more than 60 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have amazed and amused fans of all ages with their outrageous brand of basketball. Their trademarked blend of slapstick comedy and polished basketball moves has taken them from arenas around the world to TV shows and movies. They even starred in their own Saturday morning cartoon.

Thanks to Harlem Globetrotters from GameTek, the Clown Princes of Basketball are now holding court on Nintendo. You can play as the Globetrotters or the Generals, the hapless team that travels and plays against the 'Trotters. Using an adapter, up to four people can take part in the action, with one or two players per team.

Almost all the rules of real basketball apply in Harlem Globetrotters, including the five-second limit on inbound passes and the ten-second limit to advance the ball past the half-court line. Don't worry about double dribbling or traveling, though - players dribble automatically as you move them with the directional pad.

The amount of control you have over the players is fairly limited, however. In single-player mode, you control the ball handler. You can move around the court, pass to a teammate, or take a shot. In two-player mode, you split ball handling with the second person. On defense, you can try to steal the ball and block shots.

If you play as the Globetrotters, you have a few extra tricks at your disposal. You can punt the ball through the hoop, bounce it off the court toward the basket, launch a half-court hook shot, or ride piggyback on a teammate before taking a shot. You can also throw a behind-the-back pass, and roll the ball over your shoulders or spin it on your finger before passing.

Because it tries to simulate basketball and the antics of the 'Trotters, Harlem Globetrotters falls a little short in both areas. Sure, there are trick shots and passes, but they're randomly chosen for you - you don't know which stunts your team will try until the deed is done. It would be a lot more satisfying if you could perform them yourself.

It's the stunts that make the real-life Globetrotters so much fun, and a little more attention to that part of the game would have gone a long way.

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