NBA 2K (series)
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2K Sports (2005–Present)
|Platforms||Various (see table)|
|Platform of origin||Sega Dreamcast|
|Year of inception||1999|
|First release||NBA 2K
October 17, 1999
|Latest release||NBA 2K15
October 7, 2014
The NBA 2K series is a series of basketball video games developed and released annually since 1999. The NBA 2K series was exclusive to the Sega Dreamcast. The series was originally published by Sega, under the label Sega Sports and is now published by 2K Sports. All of the games in the franchise have been developed by Visual Concepts. Its primary competitor in the marketplace was the NBA Live series from EA Sports.
The first four games of the series featured commentary from fictional announcers "Bob Steele" and "Rod West" (voiced by Bay Area sports radio personalities Bob Fitzgerald and Rod Brooks who works at KNBR 680 San Francisco. They also host a radio show called "Fitz and Brooks"), but since NBA 2K3 the game's announcing team has been something of a revolving door, featuring commentary from the likes of Bill Walton, Tom Talbert, Kevin Frazier, Michele Taffy, and Bob Fitzgerald. The color and play-by-play commentary in NBA 2K6, NBA 2K7, and NBA 2K8 is provided by Kevin Harlan and Kenny Smith, with Craig Sager providing sideline reports. Peter Bart is the PA Announcer. NBA 2K9 features commentary from Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg with Cheryl Miller as the sideline reporter on most versions of NBA 2K9 and NBA 2K10. Starting with NBA 2K11, Doris Burke replaces Miller as the sideline reporter on most versions of the game. On most versions of NBA 2K12, Steve Kerr joins Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg in the commentary booth. On the PlayStation 2 versions starting with NBA 2K9, no sideline reporter is featured in the game. In 2002 Sega implemented the American television network, ESPN's brand with their Sega Sports video games. The ESPN brand was used for 3 games, with the second game even being renamed ESPN NBA Basketball, until ESPN signed a 15-year deal with EA Sports.
It is an NBA 2K tradition to award the MVP winner from the previous year with the cover shot for the next game. This was an exception when in the first year of historic teams Michael Jordan donned the cover. In "NBA 2K15" Kevin Durant, the MVP for the 2013-14 NBA season, is pictured on the cover which 2K announced on May 6, from the 2K headquarters in Novato, California.
The PlayStation 3 version of NBA 2K7 was the first version to support motion sensing controllers with a free throw shooting mechanic that has the player move the Six axis controller in a motion similar to a real free throw shot, but was discontinued for later games in the series.
NBA 2K11 was the first installment in the franchise to have support for stereoscopic 3D screens, although this feature was made available via an update only for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. NBA 2K12 became the first game in the series to have "built-in" support of 3D for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, and the first to include motion controls using the PlayStation Move. NBA 2K14 became the first game in the series to support the new-gen consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
|Title||Developer||Publisher||Platforms||Release date*||Cover athletes|
|NBA 2K||Visual Concepts||Sega||Dreamcast||November 10, 1999||Allen Iverson|
|NBA 2K1||Visual Concepts||Sega||Dreamcast||November 1, 2000||Allen Iverson|
|NBA 2K2||Visual Concepts||Sega||Dreamcast, GameCube, PS2, Xbox||October 24, 2001||Allen Iverson|
|NBA 2K3||Visual Concepts||Sega||PS2, Xbox, GameCube||October 7, 2002||Allen Iverson|
|ESPN NBA Basketball||Visual Concepts||Sega||PS2, Xbox||October 21, 2003||Allen Iverson|
|ESPN NBA 2K5||Visual Concepts||Sega||PS2, Xbox||September 28, 2004||Ben Wallace|
|NBA 2K6||Visual Concepts||2K Sports||PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360||September 26, 2005||Shaquille O'Neal|
|NBA 2K7||Visual Concepts||2K Sports||PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360||September 25, 2006||Shaquille O'Neal|
|NBA 2K8||Visual Concepts||2K Sports||PS2, PS3, Xbox 360||October 2, 2007||Chris Paul|
|NBA 2K9||Visual Concepts||2K Sports||PS2, PS3, Windows, Xbox 360||October 7, 2008||Kevin Garnett|
|NBA 2K10||Visual Concepts||2K Sports||PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360||October 6, 2009||Kobe Bryant|
|NBA 2K11||Visual Concepts||2K Sports||PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360||October 5, 2010||Michael Jordan|
|NBA 2K12||Visual Concepts||2K Sports||iPad, iPhone/iPod touch, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360||October 4, 2011||Michael Jordan/Larry Bird/Magic Johnson|
|NBA 2K13||Visual Concepts||2K Sports||Android, iPad, iPhone/iPod touch, PS3, PSP, Wii, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360||October 2, 2012||Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin|
|NBA 2K14||Visual Concepts||2K Sports||PS3, PS4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iPhone/iPod touch, iPad||October 1, 2013||LeBron James|
|NBA 2K15||Visual Concepts||2K Sports||PS3, PS4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Android, iPhone/iPod touch, iPad||October 7, 2014||Kevin Durant|