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NBA 2K18 for Switch has same content and modes as PS4 version, amiibo support confirmed

Posted on August 31, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Update: Another important detail has come in. NBA 2K18 will run at 30 frames per second, while the PlayStation and Xbox One versions are 60 FPS.

2K Sports and Visual Concepts seem to be treating the Switch version of NBA 2K18 well. Folks are starting to go hands on with the game, including USgamer, and we’re hearing that it’s feature complete and will be identical to the PlayStation 4 version. NBA 2K18 players on Switch can expect the inclusion of MyGM team-management, MyLeague, MyCareer, Story mode, and everything else. It’s the same engine across all platforms.

amiibo support is officially confirmed as well. However, the specifics are being kept under wraps.

The only element missing in the Switch version of NBA 2K18 is the ability to create a custom logo for Pro-Am teams. The same MyPlayer story included in other versions is here though.

As far as graphics go, animation and AI are also the same across all platforms. Developer Visual Concepts apparently pushed Switch and its memory to its absolute limits. The team considered whether or not using the same engine made sense, but they’re glad they went in that direction.

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    No missing content like FIFA18.

    • Mr Objection

      I prefer 60 fps and a stupid new mode missing rather than 30 fps

      • RaiDei

        The “stupid new mode” has nothing to do with the game not hitting 60fps. That would be the game engine and limitations of the Switch itself.

        • Mr Objection

          …… I was talking about fifa. I prefer not to have one mode of the game and have 60 fps rather than having everything but at 30 fps.

    • amak11

      Well blame frostbite on that. EA really needs to stop using that engine…. Has a massive memory leak that they just dont fix

  • TDude73

    In your FACE, Electronic Arts!!!!

    • ben

      EA have shown their game running.. A bit stupid to call EA out when we have no videos of this game.

    • Mr Objection

      I prefer 60 fps and a stupid new mode missing rather than 30 fps .

      • loli hunter-san ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        We get it, you prefer 60 fps and a stupid new mode missing rather than 30 fps

        • Mr Objection

          Yes, it isn’t that hard.

      • tHe_MaN_wItH_nO_hAnD

        Then go play it on the systems that have 60fps? not sure why your whining about it…

        • Mr Objection

          I mean that Fifa at least is 60 fps…. Provide me with a platform that I could take on the go and that could also run it a 60 fps.

          • Matt

            Was xbox one’s 1st attempt ie NBA 2K14 60fps…

          • Mr Objection


          • tHe_MaN_wItH_nO_hAnD

            Well that’s a much better explanation then just ranting

    • Felipe M.

      It’s been a while since I’ve read “Electronic Arts” than just EA. :p

  • Isn’t this game going to have compatibility with the Xbox version?

  • CilverKid520_Youtube_Twitch

    EA done goofed

  • David Walbrun

    Take-Two just proved that new modern console experiences can be achieved on switch. No (Major) downgrades required.

    • gimmegimmekevin

      Idk about that. There is a gulf between an NBA game and Red Dead

      • GoldenTriforce

        I wouldn’t underestimate the technical requirements of sports games.

        The games themselves, I’m not a huge fan though.

        • loli hunter-san ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          The guy is trying to say that NBA can run without too much compromises because the game itself isn’t even demanding.
          No, sports games are not demanding at all. You can even get this game run on PS2 with lower resolution, textures and models. The overall experience will still be the same.

          • highly doubt that

          • loli hunter-san ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I’m just exaggerating. My point is that sports games aren’t demanding. FIFIA 15 or something even made it to PS2

    • Dylan Smith

      If it’s not demanding it won’t have to be downgraded.

  • David Walbrun

    Battery life is probably like 1 hr 30 min though haha

    • carlos holguin holguin

      i doubt.. maybe 2 hours and half.. but power banks are now really cheap so you can get one for 30 bucks

    • Sackboy612

      I don’t think you understand how battery life works relative to how graphically demanding a game is.

      It’ll be the standard 3 hours, same as Breath of the Wild at a push if they opted for the highest power mode.

    • shani

      Who cares about battery life? Playing on the go sucks anyway.

      • WiltedWillow

        then why get a console that is also a handheld? Like being able to take it on the go is like THE reason the Switch is selling as much as it is.

        • Phil Scott

          Nintendo exclusives? You know, THE best games?

          • Chaltab

            And why would you get a third party game on Switch if you had any other option?

            Because portability? Like what’s the point of getting a system if you don’t even want to use it’s main selling point?

        • amak11

          Its not a handheld and I’ve used mine 4 times as a handheld… kind of sucks with its size

          • djodars

            I use mine every day during my transit to work (subway to downtown montreal).

      • PRIMUS

        Then you simply dock your Switch and play it on any big screen.

    • nemo37

      The Switch has 2 different portable modes and the amount of battery you get depends on that and not how demanding the game is. Even if you run a none-demanding game like Tetris in the portable mode that runs the GPU at 384 MHZ (which the highest mode for portable) then you are going to get the same battery life as you would playing BOTW (which is running at the same mode). The same thing can be said about this game. So no the battery will not last only 1.5 hours, it will last around the same amount of time that BOTW, MK8, ARMS, and Splatoon 2 (all of which run at the mode I mentioned earlier) last in portable mode (which would be between 2.5-4 hours depending on brightness and wireless settings).

  • Tlink7

    Same graphics as PS4, really?

    • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

      Same models and animations and same graphical engine, but not “same graphics”. Textures could be smaller, shaders could be simpler, resolution is probably smaller, things like that.

      Think of a PC game running on different PCs, one with a more powerful hardware and one with a weaker hardware. It’s the exact same game, but running on high on a PS4 and on medium-low on a Switch

      • You could be right, but as far as we know so could tlink7, they haven’t said either way

      • isimi kehinde

        this guy understands the concept of graphics and engine. i keep telling people that there is no game that wouldnt run on the switch, sure it might not look as good but it will play as good.

      • Tlink7

        Yeah I misread the article, my apologies C:
        Not really sure what all the ”take that EA” comments are about then though.

        • Jefferson Boldrin Cardozo

          FIFA 18 on the Switch isn’t the same game as PS4 and XB1 versions. It lacks the story mode and gameplay is different (probably for not being made on Frostbite, so it doesn’t use the same physics system), more akin to FIFA 16 than 18 from what some people who already played said.

    • Michael C

      ANIMATION AND AI, not everything else.

      • Tlink7

        Ah my bad. I was right to be sceptical then lol

  • Puffdaddy

    NOICE! And I see my T-Wolves in that pic above, good choice Brian 😉

    Back on topic though, yeah, this is hype. Will for sure be picking this up Day 1. Is the physical copy releasing the same day as the other copies still??

  • Metallox

    Well, I hope you guys buy this one. Sounds like a risky investment from T2. A lot of stuff is going on, from the requirement of an SD card to even play the game to the delay of the physical release.

    • well, considering the file size, then yeah an sd card would be required regardless

  • Roto Prime

    I want that hard copy!! This will be my first Basketball game since SNES, I hope it is good!

  • hi v3.0

    idc about sports games but I like what I’m hearing about this and it’s much more better than FIFA

  • shani

    See EA, that’s how it’s done!
    If 2K games would produce a football simulation on par with NBA2k, I would totally buy it.

  • Day 1 for me

  • ben

    I will wait to see the game in motion. FIFA looks great and it is 60fps. If this looks good in motion then I might pick it up.

  • awng782

    Videogames are finally back to perfection. Nintendo and Sony leading the way.

    • Michael C

      Really? Switch is Nintendo second try this gen….. X1 30 plus million sold, ps4 59 plus million sold…. X1/PS4 NBA 2K18 complete package, switch lower graphics, and 30fps.

      • nemo37

        Yeah its great I can play the X1 and PS4 versions on the go…oh wait.

  • Vive

    30 FPS with drops is crap for a sports game, and the fact that they don’t show any in-game direct footage is suspicious.

    I blame EA for being an a..hole but to be fair they didn’t compromise on the fluidity of FIFA.

    • David Curry

      I’d rather have PS2 graphics at locked 60 fps than current gen at unstable 30. That’s exaggerating, but in a sports game 60 fps matters more than anything else.

  • Michael C

    30fps, doesnt look as good visually either….and everyone is excited that it has the same content… I GUESS

    • nemo37

      I like how as an Xbox fanboy you come on these threads and complain about frame rate and resolution, and yet for the past 4 years you have been going on PlayStation sites claiming none of that matters. Yeah the Switch version has a lower frame rate, it is also running on a system consuming 15 watts of power versus the other two which are stationary and consume over 100 watts. People are excited because they can play this version on the go on a handheld, something not possible on the PS4 and XOne versions (the benefit of those two versions is, of course, the better graphics and performance…because I do not know if you have noticed this by now judging by your comments but the PS4 and XOne are stationary systems with fewer power constraints and the Switch is a portable system).

    • awng782

      I love how all of your comments emphasize all the “weaknesses” of the Switch, even though every single person commenting here is fully aware of the Switch’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    The complaints are a bit over the top. You can play NBA 2k on the go now. That’s the selling point and all that matters here. 60fps arguments can stay in hardcore forums like this, but for the casual NBA fan who will pick this up, it’s a godsend.

    • David Curry

      Too bad that Switch is getting a downgraded version instead of a game tailored to run correctly on Switch hardware, but it’s better than nothing.

      • MrCafecito

        EA gives a custom made switch fifa: “We want PS4 version downgraded!”
        2K gives PS4 version downgraded: “We want custom made!”

        • David Curry

          Haha to whoever said that.

  • David Curry

    30 fps. Pass. Could have just used the PS360 assets instead

  • Si2k78

    Awesome. This was exactly what I was hoping for with multiplatform titles on the switch; same content with parred down graphics. Completely acceptable. We can debate how critically important the 60fps is, but the package as a whole, is quite compelling.

  • Melatelo

    Wish somehow you could choose a lower graphics setting to achieve 60fps. High frame rate is important in a game like this

  • dathip

    If nintendo gamers dont support this, this proves that nintendo dont support 3rd party

  • Matthew Johnson

    “The only element missing in the Switch version of NBA 2K18 is the ability to create a custom logo for Pro-Am teams.”

    Wait, is that just for Pro-Am or does it extend to MyLeague and MyGM as well? Please answer; as silly as it may sound uploading custom logos for team uniforms is literally a make-or-break feature for me.

  • Felipe M.

    That’s really cool. Admittedly I’m not a fan of sports games but it’s important to remember that many love sports games and they are willing to buy them yearly so Nintendo should make an effort to have it on their console.

  • Matt

    They both Fifa18 and NBA 2K18 look great on Switch,having the same animation and AI is very good well done 2K and now your on the same Engine you can Improve it even more year on year very good job,patch the frame rate or fix it for 2k19….