NBA 2K12 covers Magic Johnson, Larry Bird

2K Sports rolls out three new covers for latest hoops effort; Michael Jordan returns to round out the trifecta of NBA legends.

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2K Sports is not afraid to repeat its cover athletes, and this year's cover for NBA 2K12 is no different, except for a slight modification. Today, it revealed the cover art for the upcoming release, and while Michael Jordan returns to grace the game's cover, he is joined by two other great players. This year's game will feature not only His Airness but also the Celtics' Larry Bird and the Lakers' Magic Johnson on separate covers.

While the three athletes' have their own diehard fanbases in Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago, the covers will not be region-specific. With equal versions of all three covers set to be available throughout all of North America, East Coast gamers might be stuck with a copy of the game featuring Magic Johnson, while b-ball fans in California may only find copies of Larry Bird available on store shelves.

Magic Johnson was always an electrifying player.

Initial runs of the game will feature an equal balance among the three former superstars, but Michael Jordan's cover is the de facto version; additional shipments will only feature his cover.

NBA 2K12 is set to tip off October 4. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

39 comments
blackace
blackace

@Skrim13 @blackace Not winning the championship doesnt mean that your not a great player. Lebron has gotten alot accomplished in his years with the NBA. He is already one of the best there have ever been and he is still young. Ok, the Heat didnt win this year, the Mavs got the better of them, that doesnt mean Wade and Lebron cant win next year. If you seriously dont think Lebron DESERVES the cover of a NBA game, your dead wrong. ************************************************************************* Never said they weren't great players. I'm just saying they don't deserve to be on the cover of NBA 2K12 this year. Lebron can be on the cover of NBA Elite (or whatever EA calls it) next year maybe. I don't think he did enough this year. Whever he wins a champsionship the cover will be waiting for him.

Skrim13
Skrim13

@blackace Not winning the championship doesnt mean that your not a great player. Lebron has gotten alot accomplished in his years with the NBA. He is already one of the best there have ever been and he is still young. Ok, the Heat didnt win this year, the Mavs got the better of them, that doesnt mean Wade and Lebron cant win next year. If you seriously dont think Lebron DESERVES the cover of a NBA game, your dead wrong.

Henninger
Henninger

4 some reason i just knew they were gonna do this. I had this feeling ever since Jordan wuz on last years cover. This is good business by 2K.

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

I hope they have the 10 best games for each player on the cover.

Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

I pray and hope that NBA2k12 have ALL the late 80's early 90's teams!!! That would be sweet!!!!!

mos2000
mos2000

I think it's cool they're continuing with the throwback theme. I personally every year for kicks play a season with my favorite of the old skool pride and true (Johnson, Ewing, Wilkins, Dumars). Adding Jordan to the mix was a good experience. They can't just add more players though. More depth to the already fun retro play is a must, to keep the series fresh. They also need to add more depth to the practice modes - one flaw is the game movements become more difficult and the practice modes don't supply enough to add a fair learning curve. They should go back to the drills they introduced in 06; possibly make them easily accessible in an "in-game" practice mode. Can't wait to see what they come up with. The 2k series has yet to disappoint overall for a while now.

blackace
blackace

@Skrim13 I really think this year should have been LeBron or Dwayne Wade. Lebron and Wade have been one of the superstars for the past years. It would also be cool to have Dirk Nowitzki on the cover. *********************************************************** James & Wade?!? Are you kidding me? They had the ultimate team and couldn't even win the championship. They don't deserve to be on the cover. I'm happy with Magic, Bird and Jordan. I wish they had put all 3 on the same cover as an option as well. I'll either get Bird or Jordan, since I'm from Boston originally. If they didn't have these guys either Dirk or Rose would be on it. Most likely Dirk since I don't think he's grace a cover yet.

blackace
blackace

Awhile back, I asked on XBox.com's forum how they could improved over NBA 2K11. One of my ideas was to do game content on other legends. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were my first picks, so I'm happy to see the new covers. Now I'm wondering if any of the modes and challenges will center around Larry Bird and Magic Johnson this year. There is still some A.I. tweaking and other fixes needed for the game. Ball still passes through players and even hands during blocks. I still see playing run through others like they aren't there. So 2K11 wasn't perfect. I'm just hoping they didn't make any changes to the gameplay.

XxSUPERSNAKExX
XxSUPERSNAKExX

What better than basketball legends in a basketball video game cover?!, They are the ones who inspired the ones that are playing right now so they deserve it.

dark_rising76
dark_rising76

The Jordan cover looks sweet! Just wish that they put out more info soon on the game. The Wii demo from E3 did not look good at all.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are two of the greatest players of all time... I'm all about this decision. One of the best NBA rivalries of all time, no doubt about it!

LoyalNintendo
LoyalNintendo

i hope 12 is better than 2K11 11 was a BUMMER -.-'

tutt3r
tutt3r

Well this year I will have to buy 2k12 b/c of the lockout :(

LoyalNintendo
LoyalNintendo

ikr why is it the retro players now? btw, everyone check out LoyalNintendo's reviews XD

XExpli0te3
XExpli0te3

bro WTF y the he11 is dwade or bron not on the cover?

Skrim13
Skrim13

I really think this year should have been LeBron or Dwayne Wade. Lebron and Wade have been one of the superstars for the past years. It would also be cool to have Dirk Nowitzki on the cover.

jadjei
jadjei

Nice I like how 2K let players have an option to pick which cover they want. I think I'll go with Magic Johnson.

lilflex1
lilflex1

i dont know why gamespot said there not afaid of repeating cover athletes when iverson & shaq was on a number of them but i think its just for sales/competition if nba live comes back

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

If I buy this game this year, I want the Magic cover. He is THE reason I started watching and loving basketball in the first place. Everybody else is an afterthought to me, including MJ.

BiggEdd32
BiggEdd32

D.Rose was the best option for 2k12 and they blew it, smh.

lilflex1
lilflex1

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slonekb05
slonekb05

...lame , love 2k games but magic johnson and bird? It was cool to put an older player on the cover when it was JORDAN who you couldent play as before ..Magic and bird were in this last yr's game also , but now are you going to just go down the list? who's next year? Wilt? Kareem? ...Not Dirk? did they even watch the nba this year?

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

On a side note...next college football season, 2K can make NCAA football games. I would play that over Madden

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

I love 2K sports. In 2012 the exclusivity deal with EA sports and the NFL expires. Hopefully, EA doesn't renew the deal, and 2K sports can once again bring us NFL 2K.

EPaul
EPaul

Magic Johnson is the one i want hopefully amazon has each separate or something

QuartrGuy
QuartrGuy

@Son_of_Bmore If 2K were to bring back NFL2K, it would actually force EA to put effort into the Madden series again. Unfortunately, there's the matter of the NFL exclusivity deal...

SolidSnake2011-
SolidSnake2011-

The greedy 2K is hoping they'd trick dumb people into buying all 3 covers which would cost 180+ bucks just from one person alone.

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

Should've been Dirk. I would've bought my first nba game.

nastyhotpocket
nastyhotpocket

just make it where we can play with the old teams online that really sucks cause you cant play with any of them online in 2k11

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

3 covers, doesn't matter which platform?

Ronaldo27
Ronaldo27

The three most important players of all time. I would like to see all three in the same cover, though.

PSPFAN14
PSPFAN14

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Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

Since im a Lakers fan of course i want Magic on the cover and not Bird

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Hey also IGN how that voting thing go...Derick Rose please

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

My God 2K is smart please hurry & bring back the NFL 2K series & save football video games 4 me & most