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Double Dribble (NES)

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Title Screen

Double Dribble

Also known as: Exciting Basket (JP)
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: NES, Famicom Disk System
Released in JP: July 24, 1987 (FDS)
Released in US: September 1987
Released in EU: December 13, 1989


SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Double Dribble is an early basketball game for the NES, infamous for the bad quality of its voice sample at the title screen. Fans have interpreted the sound as "Dubble Dibble," "Bubble Bibble" or "Vubble Dwibble".

Voice Samples

For some bizarre reason (which we'll be getting into later), Double Dribble's aforementioned voice samples are actually corrupted. Much of the voice's pronunciation become unclear, and the Free Throw sample becomes "Too Slow"!

Description In-game Actual samples
"Double Dribble"
"Jump Ball"
"Free Throw"
"Dunk Shot" (Unused)

The cause of this actually isn't on the software, but the hardware state of affairs: the 2A03 outputs DPCM samples by reading the bits in each byte from right to left, effectively reversing the bit order. For example, 00111111 (3F) is read as 11111100 (FC). This causes properly formatted samples to be output incorrectly, since most developers assumed each byte would be read from left to right. Amusingly, this would not be discovered for 32 years, and only by sheer accident.

It's actually worth noting that this doesn't just affect Double Dribble: a surprisingly wide variety of NES games suffer from this exact issue.

Regional Differences

Title Screen

Japan World
Exciting Basket (Japan) title.png Double Dribble (NES)-title.png

A different title screen. Yup.

Intro

Japan World
Exciting Basket (Japan) intro002.png Double Dribble (USA) intro001.png
Exciting Basket (Japan) intro004.png Double Dribble (USA) intro003.png
Exciting Basket (Japan) intro005.png Double Dribble (USA) intro004.png

The intro was given a bit of the US of A. Palm trees (that are apparently as tall as skyscrapers) were added to the background (which as a whole was redrawn), the stadium was redrawn, the generic balloons are now all the same color, and the Konami logo balloons and blimp now carry the American flag.

Music

While Konami had previously brought over their own Famicom Disk System games (such as Castlevania, Rush'n Attack and Stinger) to the NES for international audiences, Double Dribble (a.k.a. Exciting Basket) would mark the first time they would port a game that utilized the extra audio hardware in the FDS. Due to the NES lacking said hardware, for the NES port Konami would have to alter the music and sound effects that utilized the extra FDS audio (similar to what they would later do for Castlevania II and Gyruss).

Track names taken from the album KONAMI FAMICOM CHRONICLE Vol.1: Disk System Compilation (EMCA-0018) where available.

Exciting Basket (FDS) Double Dribble (NES)
Press Start BGM
Select Screen BGM
Half Time BGM
Game Set BGM

While most of the (admittedly-short) soundtrack was reworked to use the NES hardware, Konami for whatever reason chose to remove the main song that plays during gameplay in the FDS version.

Exciting Basket (FDS) - Main BGM

In place of that, Konami added a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to the intro of the NES version.

Double Dribble (NES) - Intro BGM