First initially reported by Mortal Kombat Online last fall, a new book about the history of NBA Jam — and more broadly, Midway and the ‘90s arcade scene — is coming out today! Published by Boss Fight Books, NBA Jam by Reyan Ali is an intimate look at the making of the hit arcade game (which featured Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, and Raiden as secret characters in NBA Jam: Tournament Edition) and life at Midway’s office in Chicago around it.

The book’s story is built off over 60 original interviews, including ones with Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias, Sal DiVita (NBA Jam artist and Nightwolf/Sektor/Cyrax/Smoke in MK3), Kerri Hoskins (Jam cheerleader and Sonya in MK3), Doom co-creator John Romero, players Shaquille O’Neal and Glen Rice, secret characters DJ Jazzy Jeff and George Clinton, and the original NBA Jam team (including lead designer Mark Turmell, who worked closely with a young John Tobias at Midway on Smash T.V. and Total Carnage).

It also goes into the story of Midway’s downfall in depth, looking at the company before the company went bankrupt and the brand was bought by Warner Bros. in 2009.

NBA Jam is out in ebook formats today through Boss Fight Books’ site and Amazon Kindle ($4.99), and available for pre-order in print edition ($14.95) or paperback and ebook ($16.95). Click here to read an excerpt about the first night the public played NBA Jam at an arcade in Chicago in 1992.

In conjunction with the book’s release, Mortal Kombat Online is giving away a vintage mint-condition Mortal Kombat flyer. Midway sent these flyers like these to arcade owners to promote their new games and encourage them to buy them. This is an original piece of Mortal Kombat history — not a reproduction!

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