Random: What Happens When You Remove Charles Barkley From His Own Video Game?

Evercade Piko
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“Sir Charles” Barkley is one of the all-time great basketball players. He was voted ‘NBA’s Most Valuable Player’ in 1993 and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Like so many other famous sports figures, “Chuck” got its own video game in the ’90s in the form of 1993’s. Barkley Im going and Jam! for the SNES and Mega Drive/Genesis, followed by a Sega-only sequel in 1995.

Both titles are included in Piko Interactive Collection 2 for Evercade handheld, but due to the nature of licensing, they have undergone some pretty drastic changes, as Twitter users have discovered @gosokkyu.

Charles Barkley is no longer the star and has been replaced by “Joe Hoops” – who, to our knowledge, has not been a member of the NBA All-Star team at any time. In fact, we have reason to believe that he doesn’t even exist. Shocked right?

In case you didn’t know, Piko Interactive is a company that revamps obsolete IP and repackages it for a modern audience. In addition to the Evercade cart – contains several other games, such as Football Kid, Top racer 2 and Power football (formerly known as Mike Ditka’s Power Soccer) – Piko has previously republished SNES titles in physical form. In fact, it recently announced that four lost NES, SNES, and N64 games are being rolled out this year.

As well as getting Mega Drive sequels, Barkey Shut Up and Jam! inspired by fan-made PC RPGs Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden in 2008, mixing the original game with the plot of Space jam – the movie about Michael Jordan in 1995 recently got its own sequel. | Random: What Happens When You Remove Charles Barkley From His Own Video Game?


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