An NBA Jam reboot for Nintendo Wii is now looking even more likely as EA has announced that it has appointed the creator of the acclaimed over-the-top basketball game Mark Turmell as the senior creative director at EA Tiburon.
In an internal company interview (via Kotaku), Turmell revealed that he will be working inside Tiburon’s Central Gameplay Group, but, despite all the NBA Jam chatter, Turmell talked mostly about working on future EA football titles.
"I am perfectly positioned to impact and improve the moment to moment football gameplay for both Madden and NCAA…We have many talented developers in the mix on football, but hopefully I can bring a little extra magic to the mix and our games will appeal to an even larger audience. It doesn't get much better than working on EA football titles!"
Given that EA Tiburon has never worked on a basketball game for EA – they are known primarily for the mega-popular Madden franchise, while EA Canada handles NBA Live – it’s not surprising that Turmell is remaining football focused for now. However, it’s hard to believe that NBA Jam isn’t in the cards for him and his new team.