NBA 2K13 is a basketball video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It was released on October 2, 2012 in North America for the Wii. A version for the Wii U was also released as a launch title in North America. It is the last NBA 2K game to be released for the Wii and the only game in the series to be released for the Wii U.



Around mid-June 2012, 2K Sports announced a 'Uncover the Cover' where the more tweets #NBA2K13 got the more clues would be revealed about the cover athletes. Two of the legends from NBA 2K12 have been removed: Julius Erving and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. On May 3, 2012, 2K Sports announced that as a bonus for pre-ordering the game, buyers would receive downloadable content for an All Star Weekend, which would feature the Slam Dunk Contest, Three Point Contest, Rising Stars Challenge, and the NBA All Star Game.[1] Also a shoe creator was developed, featuring designs from Nike, Air Jordan, Adidas, Spalding, Reebok, Converse, Under Armour, and generic shoes available to create and edit.[2]

Jay-Z serves as executive producer of the game. He has been credited with the idea of having both the 1992 and 2012 United States men's national basketball teams in the game.[3] Additionally, he appeared in an introduction, picked songs for the game's soundtrack and contributed to the design of its in-game menus "and other visual elements".[4][5]

Initially, former Bulls star Scottie Pippen (Michael Jordan's and Dennis Rodman's teammate) was left out of the game, due to the inability to secure use of his likeness. However, after widespread disappointment from fans over his absence, he was then added to the team roster.[6]

The soundtrack was announced in August 2012 including songs from Jay-Z and artists like Nas, Kanye West, and U2.[7]


Curated by Jay Z

Artists/Bands Songs
Jay Z Pump It Up Freestyle
Jay Z The Bounce
Jay Z Public Service Announcement
Kanye West Mercy ft. Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
Kanye West Amazing
U2 Elevation
Kanye West We Major
Mobb Deep Shook Ones
Santigold Shove It
Nas The World Is Yours
Puff Daddy Victory ft. The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes
Dirty Projectors Stillness is the Move
Phoenix 1901
Justice Stress
Too $hort Blow the Whistle
The Hours Ali In the Jungle
Roy Ayers We Live In Brooklyn Baby
Eric B. & Rakim I Ain't No Joke
Jay Z, Rihanna Run This Town
Jay Z On to the Next One
Coldplay Viva la Vida
Daft Punk Around the World


NBA 2K13 has received critical acclaim and has a Metacritic score of 94 out of 100. IGN gave it a 9.4 out of 10 and said that "Even when left with a clear, unobstructed path to the basket, 2K13 throws down a monster jam with this year's edition," and that "It's obviously the best hoops game out there, and it might even be the best sports game of all, period."[8] GameSpot scored the game a 9.4 of 10 saying that "Enhanced realism and a great new control setup make NBA 2K13 a fantastic recreation of pro hoops".[9] Game Revolution gave the game a 4.5 out of 5 and said that, "There is no doubt that NBA 2K13 is one for the ages. Without any other true competitors to stand in its way, the sky is the limit. If you haven't already picked up a copy, you are sorely missing out. I can't ever truly say if a game is worth $60, but with this one, it might be worth even more."[10] GameTrailers gave it a 9.4 out of 10.

However, Joystiq and GamesRadar gave the game mixed reviews. Both publications lauded the game's on-court experience, while criticizing the game modes. Joystiq called the My Career and My Team modes "uninspired and lazy"[11] while GamesRadar lamented the absence of the Jordan and Greatest challenges modes from the previous installments.[12]



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