Barkley Shut Up And Jam is a 1993 game for NES, Atari, and Genesis that most people have forgotten about. We guarantee you Charles Barkley did. But not Tales of Game’s Studios (crazy apostrophe intentional). In 2008, they made an unofficial sequel for PC called Barkley, Shut Up And Jam: Gaiden, which merges basketball action with … old-school Japanese RPGs. Of course!
The game is set in a dystopian 2053. Basketball is outlawed after Charles Barkley accidentally dunked so hard that it destroyed New York City, killing 15 million people. That is not our joke description. That’s actually the plot of the game. For some reason, Michael Jordan is the enforcer who hunts down and kills rogue basketball players – because it takes a jammer to catch a jammer?
You play as Barkley, on an epic quest to clear his name and restore balance to the game of basketball. Of course, you don’t confront your enemies with fireballs and laser attacks; you harness the arcane power of basketball to vanquish your foes.
Shut up and Jam Gaiden was a god send for true doom murderheads. Got inspired to do this piece based on the upcoming sequel because of the incredible pixel art going into it. If you’re interested in the process of making good ass pixel art, check out out the channel frankiesmileshow on youtube. It’s stellar stuff and needs to be recognized as such.
“I think fate chose you to redeem b-ball, to give it a clean slate and a fresh start. Right before the purge, Barkley, b-ball lost sight of the two most important parts of the game… Slams and jams.” -