NHL 2K9 sticking it to Wii

2K Sports announces first licensed hockey game for Nintendo's system, promises Wii Remote stick control and full feature set.

While the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, and even the WWE have all seen their professional athletes and entertainers appear on Nintendo's Wii, there is at least one three-letter acronym in the world of sports that has yet to be converted for use with the motion-sensing Wii Remote. 2K Sports today announced that it will bring "the first and only" NHL- and NHLPA-licensed game to the Wii with NHL 2K9.

Already announced for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 2, NHL 2K9 will retain the full feature set of those versions, while adding motion-sensitive controls. 2K Sports has said that players will be able to use the Wii Remote as a virtual hockey stick to mimic a variety of actions, including face-offs and slap shots.

To mark the occasion of the NHL arriving on Nintendo's latest system, Mario will make an appearance on the red carpet at tonight's awards for the 2008 NHL season. The mustachioed plumber is no stranger to hockey fans, as his "Super Mario" moniker has long been the nickname of Pittsburgh Penguins legend Mario Lemieux.

All four versions of the game are being developed by Visual Concepts, and will see release in the fall.

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Bucharifique
Bucharifique

lol Cant wait too see what it looks like!

Braxen
Braxen

wow if they nail the controls it could be really awesome!

TheStranger
TheStranger

About time, ive been waiting for hockey on the wii, well sicne i got a wii, it seemed like the most natural sports fit for motion sensing... I prefer EA to 2K but since EA isnt giving me a choice, screw'em...

Padrepride
Padrepride

YES! But this is the "first and only" nhl game for the wii? Really?

Domenico54
Domenico54

WARNING: remember where your wrist band my christmas morning i got a wii AND a new T.V. for a younger siblings stupidity on wii sports. Who knows what a slapshot would do....

Otaku-RP-Gamer
Otaku-RP-Gamer

What about a DS NHL game?! I want my portable hockey when I go to hockey games!! j/k

guilhem_r
guilhem_r

Well if it's a port from the PS2 (like Wii games often are), trust me you can be thankful that the Wii's first NHL game comes from 2K: even if that's not be the case anymore on the 360/PS3, last gen 2K blew last gen EA out of the water.

KevComesRipping
KevComesRipping

Urrrghhh I hope EA is taking notice right now, I don't like 2K brand hockey, but I may need to check this out.

necronaux
necronaux

I'm sure there will be a hockey stick shaped holder for the remote, to buy seperately. The question is, will there be motion sensing boxing to simulate fights in the game?

MrLopezZ
MrLopezZ

Finally NHL for the Wii!!!

dAvIdguY349
dAvIdguY349

I don't care if this ends up being the worst game on Wii, not saying it will be but for the last 2 years I've been stuck playing NHL 06 and I REALLY need a new NHL game

dulun19
dulun19

yes.. it's an interesting ideal.. but.. after swinging the remote for bout 100 times.. you will find it's not as fun..anymore..anyone here play dynasty warriors on the wii??.. then you will know what i mean..

Thug_Life
Thug_Life

About time someone is making a hockey game. Of all sports, motion control works best with hockey. Here's hoping EA gets it together and brings 09 to the wii as well

bucanero05
bucanero05

I definitely will be looking what's gonna happen whit this game

Merl57
Merl57

cool idea but lacking achievements :(

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

I'm no hockey fan but if made right, could be a ton of fun

KingsofQueens
KingsofQueens

@habstown The NHL2K series, for the past couple of years since 2003 (NHL2K3), have always been the BETTER sim hockey game. Before that, with Dreamcast, NHL2K series slowly evolved into the better hockey sim. It wasn't until 08, that EA's NHL 08 have gotten better than 2K8. VG Hockey purists, like brainwashed Madden Football purists, will and always defend EA's sports.....simply because they've been out far too long since around 1989 -1990. EA's last best (or decent) Hockey game was NHL 2000, if memory serves. Before that, it was NHL '94. In between NHL94 and 2000, have been pretty mediorce at best. Between NHL2000 and 2008, the same can be said, although NHL2004 was at the point where things were beginning to get better.

IamMyOwnGod
IamMyOwnGod

@comelstr give it time it took the sharks about 9 years to get in the playoffs. CB time will come. I'm a Pens fan born and raised. This definatly sounds cool. I never thought I'd be playing the Wii more then my 360 or PS3.

mhder
mhder

don't know about the shooting.. except pointing upwards for higher shots etc? I wouldn't want swing to shoot. Face off sounds like a good plan. And maybe switch to wii sports boxing for a fight? I only fear they will do too much and it will be too difficult to play. Sometimes just the few added touches are all you need. Maybe full hands on control for penalty shots might be okay.

comelstr
comelstr

I have to get this. Rick Nash is on the cover. Even thought the Blue Jackets never got to the post seasion i always watch them on tv or going to whare they play and watch.

BaraChat
BaraChat

Hope it'll be good. At last, a hockey game for Wii.

guilhem_r
guilhem_r

This anouncement comes out of nowhere in June, which makes one wonder if they won't just take the PS2 version and tack on a few motion sensitive controls. Was it a late decision? But of course, we know that developers take the Wii seriously and would never release a half baked product on Nintendo's system... Right? The PR (http://2ksports.com/news/nhl2k9/99) says "NHL 2K9 for Wii includes the full feature set as available on other platforms", but we'll see what it means. Still, after a pretty bad year where it lost its critical duel with EA for the first time in years, I guess its good that 2K is taking advantage of EA's disinterest and positioning itself on the Wii market. Finally, especially after this year's hyped finals, it's good to see the NHL appear on the world's most popular console. It will be interesting to see how the sim-like elements of the NHL 2K franchise will be translated onto the Wii. The good news is that even if its a last gen port, the old NHL 2Ks remain fundamentally sound games from a gameplay standpoint. Technically, it could be very bad though, because last gen 2K Hockey was really starting to show its age, so on a newer console like the Wii it might just not cut it. Also, will they be able to perpetuate one of the franchise's perenial strength - online options - on the Wii?

prodtek
prodtek

Hi Guys! I never played this game before, and I don't have a Wii, and I never watched a hockey game. But this game is going to blow so hard! LololoL!!1!O)lol!! Sorry, pass, no thanks, pass, fail sorry, no hi def, wherearetheachievements, voice chat, gwhaha ps2 grafx, negativity, pimples, fail, lacksplasmarifle. Edit: I love getting minuses on this post. Its sarcasm! Relax!

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

My Spidee Sense tells me that this will be another Crap game for the WII!!!!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

My spideee sense tells me that this game has some awesome potential.

DC_Baller
DC_Baller

This sounds good...I don't follow hockey much but I've had fun with some hockey video games in the past. Now if only 2K Sports can finally bring NBA 2K (or any kind of basketball) to the Wii already!!!

habstown
habstown

@ KingsofQueens Are you even a fan of hockey games, how can you possibly say that 2k beats out the ea NHL hockey series, thats a joke. Hockey is the one thing ea sports has going for them atm.

Karjah
Karjah

awesome. Frankly after wii sports I was amazed more sports games didnt' try to make it on the wii. If there's one thing the wii has proven itself perfect for it's sports games.

KingsofQueens
KingsofQueens

NHL2K series OBLITERATES >>>>>> EA overprice NHL series. Finally, an actualy Hockey Game for Wii owners!! (this is coming from a non-Wii fan)

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

new to the sport jjgator or just not very savvy?

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

mario in a hockey game....oh man why cant they make a basketball or soccer game starring mario...oh wait that was done already :P

benjaminjoel
benjaminjoel

YES!!! Finally! I can't wait to lead my beloved Tampa Bay Lightning to Title #2!

wiz4ha
wiz4ha

I didn't care if it was NHL 09 or NHL 2K9 - I'm just utterly pumped that one was announced on the Wii finally. Go Flyers!

IncrediBurch
IncrediBurch

I work in a retail store that sells games and I've heard a lot of people ask for a hockey game for Wii. I'm very glad to hear one is on the way. A lot of people in my area will be pleased.

balanekk
balanekk

too bad ea nhl > 2k series have fun with your wii game that that looks and plays alot like ps2. should have gotten a different system.

The_PC_Gamer
The_PC_Gamer

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-CheeseEater-
-CheeseEater-

You see, the fact of the matter is that this is, plain and simple, going to be a PS2 carbon copy of the game. Due to the fact that NHL 2K9 is now also being developed for the PS2. What a surprise.

Super-Mario-Fan
Super-Mario-Fan

Mario, eh? Good way to promote both this game and the Wii.

speedjunkie4
speedjunkie4

That is awesome. Good way to get more sports games onto the Wii.

jjgator
jjgator

The 49ers will probably never be good again.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

Sweet as long as they make the motion sensitive controls good it looks like it will be a pretty cool game

strudel420
strudel420

Alright! Glad one of them is doing this.

Sajo7
Sajo7

Sweet, it's nice to finally see a hockey game on the Wii.

Hoennhyruleguy
Hoennhyruleguy

Why isn't NBA 2K9 coming to the Wii but the other 2K Sports series are???

Hoennhyruleguy
Hoennhyruleguy

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jazzy_47
jazzy_47

"Interesting idea, but why do I get the feeling that someone's going to pull their joystick wire out of their wiimote when doing a slapshot motion? lol" CJL182 There are wire less nunchuks available for people to buy they are like 20 - 30 dollars. i wont mind buying it to enjoy the game even more

PhantomPhoot
PhantomPhoot

Let's hope 2K can give 3rd party sports games a good name on Wii.