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NBA 2K13 Confirmed for Wii U Launch Period

Posted by James Newton

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2K's highly acclaimed NBA 2K series is on the way to Wii U.

NBA 2K13 is coming to the system during its launch period, which could be any time from release to three months later based on the launch period for past consoles.

The simulation — which is also coming to Wii on 2nd October — is one of the top-rated sports series so should be a welcome addition to Wii U's software line-up.

2K Sports Announces NBA® 2K13’s Triumphant Return to Virtual Hardwood on October 2, 2012

Fans to receive NBA All-Star add-on content presented by Sprite with pre-order purchase, including all-new Sprite Slam Dunk Contest mode

New York, NY – May 30, 2012 – 2K Sports today announced that NBA® 2K13, the next installment of the top-rated NBA video game simulation franchise* for twelve straight years and the follow-up to the award-winning NBA 2K12, will be available on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in North America and October 5, 2012 internationally for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Wii™ system and Windows PC. A Wii U™ version of NBA® 2K13 will be available in the launch window, at a later date.

Fans that pre-order NBA 2K13 for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 will receive a new downloadable NBA All-Star content package presented by Sprite. This add-on content will be set in Houston, the site of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game and will allow fans to stage their own NBA All-Star Game, including three NBA All-Star events - the Foot Locker Three Point Shootout, BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, and the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest featuring all-new intuitive, pick-up-and-play controls.

“The NBA All-Star package is our way saying ‘thank you’ to fans for their ongoing love of the NBA 2K series,” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. “This content provides a ton of depth and value to our fans, and it’s just the beginning of a lot of big news about NBA® 2K13.”

Gamers can pit the NBA’s current superstars against classic players in both the Foot Locker Three Point Shootout and Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Rosters for both the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge and 2013 NBA All-Star Game will feature the 2012 All-Stars, with dynamic updates to the 2013 rosters once the participants are announced.

Developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio, NBA 2K13 is not yet rated by the ESRB and will be available on October 2, 2012 in North America and October 5, 2012 internationally. The Wii U version of the title will be available during the holiday season. Fans are encouraged to pre-order now at participating retailers in order to receive the NBA All-Star content on day one at no extra cost.

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*According to 2008 - 2012 and The NPD Group estimates of U.S. retail video game sales through April 2012.

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User Comments (7)



James said:

I really got into this series on PS3 despite knowing nothing about basketball. I will definitely get this on Wii U. Bring it on.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Love what the new controller can do for sports games tactics-wise.
Though it could also be great if it had Wiimote controls too.



coolvw93 said:

it will be interesting to see how they can use the wiiu controller for this game, maybe make it easier to sub players in and out with out pausing or even see a view from above the court, draw out plays, that would be interesting.



MeloMan said:

It's been a few years since I've gotten a sports game... I may just pick this up. I too also wonder if the tablet will function as a playbook where you'll have set plays and even create your own plays. I'm countin' on you devs, make GOOD use of the pad.



Supremeist said:

Come on Nintendo I don't want Sports games I want to fly on my good old pal Yoshi while eating apples and destroying koopa kings!

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