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NBA 2K13 - Nintendo Wii U

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  • Wii U Launch Title - As a launch title to Nintendo's new Wii Uconsole, NBA 2K13 will be the first choice for basketball fans on the new console.
  • Gatorade Biometric Scan - Think you have a feel for how your player is performing? Think again. The Gatorade Biometrics display provides an up-to-the-second look at your player's mood and fatigue level in the game. A persistent heartbeat and dynamic hot/cold zones will keep you in tune with your player's psyche as the game progresses.
  • A JAY Z Production - NBA 2K13 is produced by multi-platinum recording artist and hip-hop mogul JAY Z.
  • USA Basketball - Finally answer the question - Who would win a head-to-head duel between the 1992 Dream Team and the 2012 squad?
  • My CAREER Mode - Build your MyPLAYER by giving him signature skills, and acquire your very own custom animations using Virtual Currency (VC). Includes all-new GM sit-down feature, new endorsement paths, improved in-game AI, and all-new swag including casual clothing, equipment, custom shoes and much more

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Product Description

Platform: Nintendo Wii U | Edition: Standard

With more than 5 million copies sold worldwide and more than 25 Sports Game of the Year awards won NBA 2K12 was another monster release for the biggest NBA video game simulation franchise in the world. This year 2K Sports has joined forces with the legendary JAY Z as Executive Producer to transcend sports video games and take virtual hardwood to the next level. Featuring an enhanced MyCAREER mode and all-new gameplay features NBA 2K13 will let gamers pit the best players in NBA history against the new dynasty of talent including the much-debated matchup between the 2012 U.S. Mens National Team and the 1992 Dream Team.

Product Information

Platform:Nintendo Wii U  |  Edition:Standard
ASIN B008YYSFC4
Release date November 16, 2012
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3.9 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,859 in videogames
#44 in Sports & Outdoors > Fan Shop > Video Games & Accessories
#134 in Video Games > Wii U > Games
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
Media: Video Game
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Platform for Display: Nintendo Wii UEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
Of the three major sports titles to release alongside the Nintendo Wii U it's NBA 2K13 that delivers the product that most closely matches the 360/PS3 version in terms of content. Yet while the tablet controller features are definitely useful they're also the least interactive.

The Wii U's tablet controller has two central functions. It can be used to display coaching options in standard games or MyPlayer statistics during MyCareer games. In the standard games the screen displays three columns dependent on whether the user is on offense or defense at the time: Defense or Offense Strategy, Substitutions, and Defensive Sets or Quick Plays. The coaching options can also be folded away so as to play 2K13 completely on the tablet without even needing to watch it all play out on the TV.

The functions work well and in a way that doesn't distract too much from the action taking place on screen. It's not so much a time-saver, as it's simply moving things from the D-PAD to the touch screen, but a nice convenience. The same goes for during MyCareer games as the screen displays expanded stats, teammate grade, and shot chart for the MyPlayer being controlled. The Gatorade Biometric Scan displays player's fatigue levels and streakiness when the tablet is tilted up. It's a clever feature but ultimately not all that useful during the course of a game.

Naturally it will take some time to get accommodated to the controls. The different mapping of buttons can be confusing for those used to playing on other systems. What is most difficult to get the hang of is having the right stick above and to the right of the buttons instead of below and to the left. It doesn't feel nearly as comfortable to use the stick for dribble moves with the buttons beneath.
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Platform for Display: Nintendo Wii UEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
This game is excellent. The graphics are good and the audio commentary is some of the best I've ever seen in a sports game. The announcers do a good job of reacting to the action, which is probably difficult as fast-paced as basketball is. Comparatively, the latest version of Madden has incredibly repetitive commentary to the point it gets laughable. If you like basketball video games, I highly recommend this one.
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Platform for Display: Nintendo Wii UEdition: Standard
Lets talk about some Basketball shall we? You might agree or disagree with me, but does anyone appreciate how athletic the game is, all within the limited space of the court (relative to a hockey rink or soccer field), or how the moves are allowed to be as fluid as it can be, governed by the constraints of the dribbling and ball movement rules. It would be easy to consider all of this, with a total disregard of the other aspects, and yet the shooting and hand-eye coordination skills of the game are just important as anything else.

Now let us take a closer look at NBA 2K13. Accurate game mechanics, check, realistic ball movement physics, check, a rule system that does not favor incessant hitting of the steal button or blatant blocking of layup lanes to stop fast breaks. Those are clear signs of a franchise's maturity, and the natural next-step for the virtual-Basketball genre.

Now, what about the almost godlike accuracy of your AI opponents, that leads to highly unlikely shot percentages...or the almost unstoppable momentum-based fast break comebacks that will wreck all big leads (I'm looking at you, Milwaukee) into empty vestiges of earlier quarters?

Thankfully, there are the online modes, where you get to play against human opponents, and the human efforts to score will be hard earned and deserving, but one can't help but lament about what a pity it is to have such subtle imbalances ruin an otherwise beautiful show of athleticism on the virtual court.

Granted, it has improved a lot on the realism front since last year. The gameplay actually emphasizes a tactical approach to the game this time, and open jumpers actually stand for something. The presence of a shooting opponent's vicinity actually affects shot accuracy as much as jumping up to block.
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Platform for Display: Nintendo Wii UEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
I'm a huge NBA fan & I love the 2k games. I have 2k10 for the Wii & this game is a nice improvement with much better graphics & features. I just bought a Wii U & decided to upgrade to a more up to date NBA game. All Wii U owners that are NBA fans should buy this game now. It's well worth it.
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By Randelius on September 17, 2013
Platform for Display: Nintendo Wii UEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
I'm addicted to this game on career mode. Awesome pick-up and highly recommended for NBA fans. I wish they would release a music patch to update the music, however, because the same 4 songs are getting old.
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Platform for Display: Nintendo Wii UEdition: Standard Verified Purchase
First this will not be a frame by frame comparison of this version versus the Xbox vs. PS3 vs. PC. It gets a bit boring and tedious. I will say the graphics are very good. One thing with the Wii U is no frame tearing as is prevalent with the other nonPC platforms I've seen. So at least you won't see the top half of a player's body on the left top of your screen and his other half on the lower right of your screen. Granted this happens only on occasion and lasts for half a second or less but it's weird and probably indicative of the outdated hardware of both machines. Beyond that, the Wii U is an overall brighter experience whereas in the other versions the jerseys move - which I've read is important. But I've yet to see how this effects gameplay for the average person.

With that out of the way one issue that is a MAJOR problem for me is you pretty much CANNOT UTILIZE THE MY PLAYER/MY CAREER MODES the way the designers intended. I cannot overemphasize how disappointing and frustrating this is. You can get it all set up, play in the rookie showcase, predraft interviews, draft and then blam.... The game will display "saving to the 2k server..." and you're done. After an hour or more you've pretty much lost everything and cannot continue. If you haven't seen the game - all you need to know is this takes away about 75% of the fun.

The menus in this game are horrible and buttons you're used to using one way for just about every other title are backwards. Gameplay is fun. I like the physics of the game. The commentary is awesome and has a good flow with the game. If you take a terrible shot - they let you know about it. This game has loads of potential.
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