NBA 2K10 dunking on Wii

Visual Concepts-developed basketball franchise adding Nintendo console to this year's roster; studio also now behind 2K's MLB games.

Take-Two has had a busy day so far. In addition to announcing better-than-expected second-quarter earnings, Take-Two said it would be delaying Mafia II and Red Dead Redemption, releasing the second Xbox 360-exclusive chapter for Grand Theft Auto IV this fall, and launching BioShock 2 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 3. And all of that doesn't even touch on the publisher's plans for its 2K Sports label.

Dare it be called a...slam dunk?

As part of a post-earnings conference call today, Take-Two's Ben Feder addressed the publisher's sports business, which has struggled to achieve profitability in recent years. Notably, Feder said that it plans to expand the reach of its NBA basketball games, revealing that NBA 2K10 will arrive on the Wii when it ships on multiple platforms this fall.

Feder did not mention which other platforms NBA 2K10 would be available for, though the well-regarded NBA 2K9 saw release on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and PC. "All of our sports products need to be multiplatform," Feder said. "As we said over and over again on these calls, Nintendo was a terrific and important partner for Take-Two, and we expect that to continue over time, and especially in our sports business."

The Take-Two executive also responded to questions regarding its MLB baseball franchise, the 2K9 edition of which launched to dismal reviews on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, and PC in March. According to Feder, 2K Sports last year shifted development of the franchise to Visual Concepts, the same studio behind the NBA 2K franchise.

Feder went on to note that it "takes the studio some time to show progress." Mentioning Take-Two's third-party exclusivity rights to the MLB license, he went on to say that "we're contractually committed to baseball and I don't see any changes happening there."

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44 comments
magnax1
magnax1

A basketball game on wii could turn out really good, or extremely bad. My guess is bad, just like most of the things that have potential on wii.

rwallacefan
rwallacefan

assuming this game comes to the psp, im going to immediately preorder it!

Quinn144
Quinn144

THis is going to be waaaayyy better than Live.

korn62586
korn62586

I also agree about classic and Gamecube controller support. I think all sports games should have that option.

korn62586
korn62586

I hope 2K does a better job with Wii basketball then EA has.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Yeah, hmm okay, right... not intersted... m'kay?

ColtFanTim
ColtFanTim

couldn't agree more that it is pointless to release it on the wii but i suppose it might sell a couple thousand units lol. Anyway, i just hope Visual Concepts starts improving mlb. Right now NBA 2k series is clearly dominating Ea's Live series - and has for years now. However EA has dominated hockey in 08 and 09.

Gio1766
Gio1766

Well its about time. It should have classic controller and Gamecube Controller options

datniccah187
datniccah187

I liked 2k9 but it faded on me after awhile. I hope they fix a couple lingering audio issues this year.

Hulksmash77
Hulksmash77

hope it has really good controls and at least decent graphics...cuz the last games were really bad!

black_ice23
black_ice23

hopefully 2K can do right by basketball instead of what the mess EA call NBA Live, I dont wanna have to buy a new console just for a good basketball game, soccer ,football, tennis, boxing and golf are all good on Wii, so why not basketball? heres hoping

zaiwen
zaiwen

like i care if 2k10 is also released on wii, i'd still get it either on PS3 or 360... not to badmouth the wii, but i bet its no surprise it may show the lack of graphical prowess compared to its competitors, after all nba 2k games just keeps getting better & better visually

packersmlb
packersmlb

Face it NBA on the wii isnt gonna happen unless they first let you use the classic and gamecube controllers to have something to fall back on

FabioPizzini
FabioPizzini

Not an Amiga or Msx2 version? NOOOOOOOOOO!

CTR360
CTR360

i hope 2k10 better of 2k9 no another arcade basketball game better deffense technical fouls betters graphics audio 2k9 its huge dissapoing sport game

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

PLEASE let it include GameCube and Classic controllers support...

ehsan8888
ehsan8888

Hopefully there is an option to support a Gamecube or Classic controller scheme.

futs22
futs22

@XanderZane - the solution to your "unstoppable CPU opponent" problem is to simply download or create your own set of "realistic" sliders. I loved 2K9 for the PC and I'm definitely looking forward to 2k10 for the PC again!

Spanishflea12
Spanishflea12

Take two is unreliable, I along with 99,9% of wii owners will be completely surprised if this game is higher than a 7-out-of-10 rating. NHL 2k9 sucked, and MLB 2k9 sucked. Is it really impossible to make a truly great sports game for wii?

XanderZane
XanderZane

I just hope NBA 2K10 is better them 2K9. That game was a mess. Animation and graphics where nice, but the control, game play and realism was so far off it wasn't funny. The A.I. was the worse I've ever seen in a basketball beside the old 16 Genesis and SNES b-ball games. Guys stand around and watch the computer controlled players score at will. CPU team shooting 65-75% in the 1st half of the game, no matter what kind of defense you play. Atrocious!! I won't be pre-ordering 2K10, that's for sure. Will get it months later on Ebay for $20-$25.

TheRandom6
TheRandom6

This is incredible! However depending on the controls for the Wii this game can be either really good or really bad, who knows. I hope they finally release a PSP version for NBA 2K10 cause seriously EA are slipping and there new NBA Live PSP games are just updated rosters and new crown challenges...so what? The NBA 2K series mashes any sports competition.

guynamedyeah
guynamedyeah

please, stop making realistic games on the wii. they barely belong on the 'next gen' systems. nintendo pretends there unique now adays, when their most unique game on the wii is a ps2 port. i do like brawl though, and animal crossing.

JUSTBLAZE_928
JUSTBLAZE_928

Thats pretty cool hopefully they tailor-fit it to the Wii cuz it sucked on the 360 as far as online play goes.

Decepticon_11
Decepticon_11

Yeah! Stoudemire's got one of the best slam dunks in the NBA

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

VC in the Dreamcast era was the best. It was so awesome to hop online via the DCs 56K modem and talk trash with the keyboard!

jmizzal
jmizzal

Thank u I left NBA Live a few years ago, and only have a Wii glad NBA 2K will be coming now I can buy NBA this year :)

Padrepride
Padrepride

hopefully the bigs 2 will be good

Ronaldo27
Ronaldo27

Considering that MLB 2K for the Wii sucks, I would assume the upcoming NBA 2K for Wii would sucks too. However, there is no way it will sucks as badly as NBA Live for Wii. In the end, I don't have much hope but I agree that competition can only be good for Wii owners.

Madmangamer364
Madmangamer364

It's been quite some time since the NBA 2K series has been on a Nintendo system, so I find fact that 2K10 will be making the series' debut on the Wii to be some pleasing news. Seeing as how basketball is one of those genres that I always felt would be very difficult to pull off on the Wii, I'm interested in seeing how Visual Concepts takes on the challenge that is ahead of them. I'll be looking forward to how the finished product holds up. :)

halosniper52
halosniper52

Oh good another Cartoon sports game for the wii have fun kids. Tho Take-two (2k sports) is making this so maybe they will make a real sports game for the wii. Anyway tho getting it for 360 or ps3 :)

Phazon_Killer
Phazon_Killer

thank god hopefully we'll get a good baseball game, mlb 2k9 was horrible

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

The best basketball series EVER!!!!!

eyesofnight
eyesofnight

sadly there's a ps2 version. This means the wii version will be ported from the PS2 with added waggle controls. Ugh

kcwsk8
kcwsk8

sweet. another basket ball game.

nini200
nini200

Interesting. I hope it turns out good.