2K Sports said it plans to ship NBA 2K13, the twelfth installment of its NBA videogame simulation franchise and the followup to NBA 2K12, on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in the U.S. for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and our beloved Windows PC. Noticeably absent from that list of systems is Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console, which 2K Sports promised to support at "a later date" sometime during the system's launch window.
Fans of the franchise who pre-order NBA 2K13 for the Xbox 360 or PS3 will receive bonus content in the form of a new downloadable All-Star package. The add-on will let gamers host their own NBA All-Star game along with side events like the Three Point Shootout, BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, and Slam Dunk Contest.
"The NBA All-Star package is our way saying ‘thank you’ to fans for their ongoing love of the NBA 2K series," said Jason Argent , vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. "This content provides a ton of depth and value to our fans, and it’s just the beginning of a lot of big news about NBA 2K13."
As the to Wii U version, 2K Sports pegged the "holiday season" as a timeline for the game's release on that platform. That's a pretty strong indication that Nintendo plans to release the console this year, with an announcement likely coming at E3 in June. It's at E3 that Nintendo also plans to announce a list of launch titles.
"Guess what the initial game releases will be for th Nintendo's new home console, Wii U? Soon we'll scratch off to reveal the names!," Nintendo posted on its Wii U Facebook Timeline.