Basketball is taken out of the arena and on to the streets in a video game released on this day in gaming history.
NBA Street, developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports BIG line, was originally released for the Sony Playstation 2 on June 18th, 2001. It would be released the next year for the Nintendo GameCube.
The game features a 3-on-3 street basketball style of gameplay. Players can also engage in over-the-top moves known as gamebreakers if they are able to fill up a meter with continued success in regular gameplay. NBA Street featured a mix of fictional characters and real players, as well as the ability to create-a-player. Single player and multiplayer functionality was featured.
The game was a success at retail and with critics, and the series would continue through the years with several more sequels. The Street line would also be expanded to soccer and football.