The upcoming remake of the classic arcade game NBA Jam has, up until this point, been exclusive to the Wii. Now EA has revealed that the game is indeed coming to both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as a downloadable title, but there's catch: it's only available to those who purchase NBA Elite 11.

Those who purchase Elite will get a download code that provides access to three different Jam modes: play now, classic campaign, and online. At least for now, the game won't be available to purchase on either XBLA or PSN.

"NBA Elite 11 is going to change the way basketball videogames are played," EA Sports' Jordan Edelstein said. "The addition of three free downloadable modes of the award winning NBA Jam is an unprecedented value add to a product that is already set to revolutionize the basketball videogame category."

The Wii version of the game is an update to the arcade classic and features a similar over-the-top style of gameplay. There are power ups, boss battles, and the bizarre 2D head visual style. In addition to the classic campaign, the game also features a new remixed single-player mode that includes a number of updated features. It doesn't look like this mode will be included in the HD version.

NBA Elite 11 and the downloadable NBA Jam will both be available on October 5, the same day that Jam comes to the Wii.

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Despite the obvious potential for a great hockey game on the Wii, EA Sports has yet to test its footing on Nintendo's rink. Until now. The company has taken the wraps off of its first Wii hockey title, NHL Slapshot, which will feature none other than Wayne Gretzky on the cover. And it comes with a plastic hockey stick.

Not only will Gretzky grace the cover of NHL Slapshot, The Great One will also be available as a playable character in the game as well. Few details about the game have been revealed; aside from Gretzky's likeness, the other major selling point for the game appears to be the hockey stick peripheral, which is a plastic shell housing both the Wii remote and Nunchuk.

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"Making our games as close to the real thing has always been our focus," David Littman, creative director of the game, explained. "Now we are giving them an actual plastic hockey stick that the Wii remote and Nunchuk controllers plug into. Players can then use the new NHL Slapshot hockey stick to do all the moves in the game."

Many gamers, particularly Wii owners, are already overrun with plastic peripherals, which could make NHL Slapshot and its hockey stick a bit of a tough sell. Then again, if done right, slapping around a virtual puck could be great fun.

The game is currently in development at EA Canada and is slated for a September release.

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