12 days of Wii U: NBA 2K13 preview
NBA 2K13 was already one of the tightest basketball games around and gameplay director Rob Jones thinks it will be even better on the Wii U thanks to intelligent use of the gamepad’s unique touch screen. Josh and Dave head on down to 2K Games HQ to take it for a spin.
In a game like basketball getting the ball down court and into the basket is only a small part of getting a win. Players need to be managed, set plays need to be called and substitutions must be made. It can all get kind of overwhelming. Now, imagine for a moment if these decisions could be made without ever stopping the flow of gameplay. Suddenly the idea becomes a whole lot less distracting and you start having a hell of a lot of fun. This is what NBA2k13 on Wii U is all about.
Rob Jones – NBA 2K13 Senior Producer
“This is the first time we have been able to bring the entire NBA 2K experience to a Nintendo console. This new gamepad brings something really different to the experience. The menu options in a normal 2K game are so daunting to a casual player. The game is simple once you remove this section. It’s just pass and shoot. These people don’t care that the Lakers run the triangle offense. We can still deliver this but in our mind the demographic for this console will be a little bit younger and a bit more casual.”
This is not a last minute port. The new interactive features of NBA 2K13 are staggering. Not only can you see player details and keep a watchful eye on their stamina to plan substitutions but the new control pad offers an organic way to easily juggle duals roles of both coach and player at the same time.
“We wanted to start teaching the players how to use all of these features. They are obviously there for a reason, organizing formations, changing tactics and things like substitutions are simple, but most people get sick of going through menus. Our new system makes this easy.”
The new advances aren’t just limited to tactics.
“At anytime while playing you can remove the menu and play the game from the gamepad. This is great for times when the TV is being used for something else. You also have the Gatorade biometric scan. Turn this on and the gamepad screen goes almost like an x-ray. From this you can see what players are full of energy and which ones are running on empty.”
As far as Wii U titles go, this is the best use of the hardware so far and besides minor frame rate issues NBA 2K13 showcases what the console can achieve with a little thought and innovation. Nintendo fans will rejoice to hear for the first time in a long time the Wii U version title is a superior offering to its Xbox 360 and PS3 counterparts. If you have a Wii U and even a passing interest in basketball (pun intended) NBA 2K13 is shaping up to be a slam dunk.