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NBA 2K18 - Nintendo Switch

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  • SKU: 5721413
  • Release Date: 10/17/2017
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    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (674 out of 732)

    Product Details

    • Developer: Visual Concepts
    • Publisher: 2K
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch
    • Genre: Sports and Outdoors
    • Release Date: 10/17/2017


    The highest rated* annual sports title of this console generation returns with NBA 2K18, featuring unparalleled authenticity and improvements on the court. *According to 2008 - 2016
    Internet download and Micro SD card required (minimum 32GB recommended).


    Run The Neighborhood

    The future of sports career modes has arrived, allowing you to play the game the way you like.

    Build your career in NBA games, hit the courts in The Playground Park, join the Pro-Am circuit, or explore the shops and venues in an all-new open neighborhood setting.

    Featuring new MyPLAYER upgrade and endorsement systems, our biggest cast of characters to date including NBA players, and so much more.

    The Road to 99

    The overarching meta-game that rewards users for improving their MyPLAYER's overall rating, regardless of which modes they choose to play. Featuring a unified badge system across Pro-Am,

    Park and your NBA journey in MyCAREER, your attributes, animations and badges all combine to define your play style on your road to a 99 overall rating.


    Get a free sneak peek at the neighborhood, one week prior to the full release of NBA 2K18. Hit the Proving Ground streetball courts with your MyPLAYER and show the world what you have to offer.

    Available September 8 on the PS Store and Xbox Live.

    Updated Create A Player

    Create the MyPLAYER you want, whether scanning your face with the MyNBA2K18 mobile app or building something custom using our preset options.

    Hairstyles have been updated with numerous new options to choose from, and body weight and height are more accurately represented to ensure the unique look you want for your MyPLAYER.


    Collect player cards featuring NBA legends from yesterday and today, and compete in a variety of online and offline modes.

    Super Max

    Construct a salary-capped team and compete against other users of similar ability in a new season mode. With a limited salary cap to distribute among 13 players, you'll have to be strategic in selecting your lineup for each round.

    Prizes are awarded based on your performance each round, ensuring that every game matters.

    Pack & Playoffs

    An all-new draft mode that challenges you to build the best possible 5-man team from packs you'll open before each round. Compete against other users' drafted teams and advance to earn better prizes.

    With Pack & Playoffs, it's a new lineup and a new experience every round.

    Schedule Challenges

    Play through a 30 game schedule for each of the 30 NBA teams. Earn MyTEAM points and prizes as you work your way through 900 unique challenges based on the 2017-18 NBA schedule.

    New Motion System

    The new motion system brings player control to a new level of realism. Now, dribbling and off the ball movement are no longer driven by animations.

    This groundbreaking technology dynamically creates animations to deliver the best gameplay experience possible. You are now in complete control.

    Improved Shot Meter

    Hit shots more consistently thanks to an improved shot meter, featuring multiple feedback points for more precise shot timing.

    Improved Player Accuracy

    Countless hours of work have been put in to make every NBA player look and feel like their real-life counterparts, down to the smallest details including scars, stretch marks, and even faded tattoos.

    The player body system has been completely redesigned to accurately match the physique of every player in the league, and player faces have been rebuilt from scratch to show more details and respond more realistically to light.

    Laser Scanned Uniforms & Accessories

    Laser scanned uniforms from all 30 NBA teams accurately depict each design down to the smallest stitch.

    Using True Color Technology, team colors have never been more pure & authentic, and whites have never popped so brightly. And with the overhauled player body system, uniforms fit accurately for each specific body type.

    To round out the complete on-court look of an NBA player, users will enjoy the largest collection of scanned shoes and accessories in NBA 2K history.

    Special Guest Commentary

    The biggest roster of broadcasting talent in sports videogame history gets even bigger.

    Future Hall of Famers and former NBA 2K cover athletes Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett join the booth on a rotating basis to lend their expertise to the broadcast, bringing the total number of in-game broadcasters to 13.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 732 reviews

    would recommend to a friend



    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Tons of potential...but ultimately flawed

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Let's get the positive stuff out in the open first, this is a great game. All the gameplay, on-court mechanics work like you'd expect...this is truly NBA 2k in your pocket, not your grampa's old iOS port touchscreen mess. In terms of graphics, the difference from the console version to the Switch version is minimal due to the much smaller screen. Things still look fairly sharp and acceptable. A few of the games details have of course been lost due to the difference in raw power of your everyday console, so don't expect to see the sweat dripping from your player's faces, but they made sure the drop in in-game graphics quality is hardly noticeable when your running up and down the court constantly. Now for the negatives: 1a. Requirement for an SD card. Yes it is on the game cover but forcing people to have to invest in additional storage to make up for poor game developer choices is bad form. They could have easily opted for a higher capacity switch game cartridge which could have housed the game, additional content and done away the "additional storage" requirement all together. If this was a way to increase their margins on the game, that would be just horrible. More on this storage debacle below. 1b. As soon as you launch the game, it asks you to download a whooping +16GB update file...for any switch owner that plans to do more than play 2K and not play any other game...this is fine, but if I was thinking "at least now I have extra storage for other games on my sd card've got another thing coming...2K18 is here to make short work of your sd card's precious gigabytes. 1c. Game saves are gigantic 5GBs on a 32GB console? No wonder a microSD card is required. Seems like someone dropped the basket-"ball" (had to do it haha) during the development phase of this game and just didn't care about the efficiency of their game save system. Again, kiss that additional storage you thought you had for other games goodbye. 2. The need for the game to be always connected to the 2K servers practically cripples the game in terms of why people buy 2K games. It practically renders the MyCareer unplayable if you're on the go which is the Switch's main selling point, and don't even think of letting your Switch go into sleep mode in the middle of a game in your MyCareer, because guess what, now your game is over because the connection to the server is broken. Rather than just limit what you can do in MyCareer while you're in let's call it "Offline-mode" and allow you to continue with the core of what we've come to expect what MyCareer mode is, let alone let you finish an in-progress game, it decides that "Heyyy you probably don't want to play 2K anymore because you've taken 2 steps out of the vicinity of an available WiFi connection let me end that game for you.". Sure you can start a separate game for offline play, but guess what...that's another 5GB chunk out of your this game is a "ball hog" when it comes to storage, and is staring to seem like the needy partner in this relationship when it comes to having to be always connected. Like, bro sometimes I want to take a walk on my own outside and pretend like I'm playing basketball outside on my Nintendo that too much to ask? So to sum up this a a true 2K basketball game, ruined only by its poor implementation and execution on the Switch, so buy this game at your own risk.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Full Blown NBA 2k 18 on the go!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Full Blown NBA 2k 18 on the Switch. You'll be real surprised on how well this game looks and runs on the switch... Even at a native 720p, this game looks awesome, players are well animated. Space requirements arnt a Issue for me. AS long as we get great 3rd Party support like this, an 128GB micro SD Card can go a long way for anyone. I play this Game in all of the Switch modes, Portable, Tabletop, and Docked. In Docked mode I play it on a Big Screen 4k TV and a Gaming Monitor. Yes it's 720p Native Game. Looks totally awesome to me. Some Critics/Gamers need to relize that this a full Blown X86 Desktop/Console Game running on a Mobile Chipset, That alone is a major Accomplishment and Feat. The Game isn't perfect, there are a few tiny glitches in the Cutscenes in between Quarters. However no glitches or slow downs during Gameplay. the Tiny glitches don't take out from the gameplay. Yes 30fps for a 2k game, veteran 2k Gamers will notice, But will adapt to it more than likely, It's a Stable smooth 30fps during Gameplay. In handheld and tabletop mode, the game is a little bit more sharper due to the 6.2 high quality 720p native Screen. In no way that I found that this game was blurry in Docked mode. I would have loved if this game ran at 60fps, Who knows whats in store in the future as devs continue to explore/optimize for the switch hardware, it's not even a year yet as of this review.. Overall I totally reccomend NBA 2k18 for the switch for those that either want it on the go or don't have it for the other systems... Physical Version a total amount of 19.26GB total is needed, that's 3gb of Internal Switch Space for the Save File and 16GB on the SD Card, thats with the physical version, just wanted to put that out there. Totally reccomend the Gamers Club from Best Buy also, Thanks Best Buy...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Worse than PC version and just a money grab by 2k

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      So to begin with, I'll get the most annoying part out of hehe way-if you want to play this game on the go, unless you're playing local multiplayer only, you are wasting your cash. The game requires a constant internet connection for things like story mode, that any disruption of internet causes the game to close out return you to the main menu. If you want to go eat or talk to someone on the phone for a minute, pressing the sleep button will cause the game to leave the story mode and take you to you the menu. You then have to manually press "Connect" before you have access to all features again. If you were in the middle of a game, it takes you to the last save point. Offline story mode doesn't even let you play with your regular player, so you have to create a completely separate player for offline play that you can never even use online. The whole system is ridiculous and designed to prevent you from possibly doing anything to get hacked virtual currency. The game is also almost unplayable without paying real money for VC, so expect to also shell out cash if you want to have a remotely good experience. The Switch version doesn't even connect to the mobile 2k18 app, so you can't even earn additional VC that way. 2k has gotten too greedy, and I'm upset that they made the game this way. Graphics and character customization is worse on the Switch, but a lot of this was expected. Game play is overall the same as on the PC, but the PC at least lets you pause and resume the game even after you bring the computer back from sleep. I do not like how they made it so annoying to travel in 2k this year, though. You have to walk everywhere, and your character is so slow that it is ridiculous.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Best Sports Game on Switch

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Graphics: Handheld 5/5 , docked 4/5 Gameplay: 4/5 Replayability: 5/5 Overall Value: 4/5 Pros: Handheld on the go sports, great game overall Cons: Download time/size I was a little sceptical buying this game based off some of the reviews i was reading. My biggest concern was the size of the game and the quality of game play compared to xbox or ps4. After playing the game for about a week now i can say with confidence this is a great game amd worth the money. Game Size: yes, its very large and yes it did take an hour to download before I could play. I have had to wait longer on downloading xbox games, i think waiting for a game to download an hour or two has become a standard. That is not enough to deter me from buying this game. I bought an additional memory card just for this game. Yes, it makes this game more expensive. But lets be real, at somr point you will need additional memory cards for your switch, that is inevitable. I have always wanted a legitamite sports game handheld and on the go. This finally fulfills a long time want of mine and was able to over look the download time and extra memory for that reason. The game play is amazing, grapics on the go are sweet, looks crisp, movement is clean and the gameplay is great. I could not tell much of a difference betweem the switch version and my xbox version. I cant wait to see what sports game on the switch has in store for us in the future, this is an amazing start.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great game for the switch but...

      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I don't play much park or other modes online so having a story and having to connect online to play my career alone is garbage!!! So take that into consideration because if you play my career and in a middle of a game against the computer you have to leave and expect to return where you left off your game will lose connection and you will have to start from the first quarter again!?!?! Keep in mind that you left the switch at home connected to the internet and you knew that if you took it with you the connection would be lost so you didn't take the switch with you and still got disconnected. Every game I have in my library (Mario odyssey, Zelda, Mario kart, Resident evil) I don't have that issue but NBA2K is the only one. Makes no sense. Everything else with the game as far as looks controls presentation is wonderful and 30fps still feels great with this game but that feature needs to be fixed. So if that isn't an issue or deal breaker then purchase otherwise I would wait until an update addresses the issue or until next installment NBA 2K19!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Large Data Requirements, but Worth It!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      The hardcopy of the game still requires a 6-7GB download before you can even play and requires a mircoSD card to hold the download. The save file is also very large at 5GB. However, once the game is all downloaded and ready to go, it's awesome! The frame rate is not what you would see on the PS4 or XBOX One, but where this game sets itself apart is the mobility on the Switch. I have enjoyed the game both docked on the big screen, and in full mobility mode while traveling. Note, an internet connection is required to play many of the modes. Overall the game has played great, is challenging, and contains so many small details that it continues to wow me. The MyCareer mode plays like a GTA open world map where you need to complete objectives to upgrade your player. The main knock on the game is the glitches that sometimes occur, requiring me to exit out of the game and re-load. Also, load times are longer than what i was expecting and the raw data that this game requires (even when playing the physical game copy) is intense. Overall, it's a great game and it's awesome to see sports games on the Switch! Common Madden, where you at!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good port, but not without issues

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The game is good. If you like sport games and basketball games, this is a pretty good port. It plays well and all the mechanics are there. The gameplay feels fluid and I enjoy taking the game on the go. Why the 3 stars? First, microtransactions. Because of this ridiculous system that is present in FREE TO PLAY games and shouldnt be in a game that I paid SIXTY DOLLARS on, MyCareer is such a grind earning a small sum each game and forcing me to play 12 min quarters for an extra 100 VC is BS. The loading times are atrocious, which wouldn’t be so bad except almost everywhere you go the game has to load. You can’t raise skills at a decent pace because you need high stats, you can’t get high stats until you earn VC, you can’t earn decent VC unless you play and win games, you can’t win games if you don’t have good stats and skill badges. It’s a vicious cycle in a never ending loop. It’s hard to say to recommend this game. If you don’t care about MyCareer or MyGM and only play exhibition with friends, this is a good port. Otherwise, maybe wait for a deep sale.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent with a catch

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This game is excellent and is super fun to play. There is one major annoyance, and that is that when you buy the physical version of the game, you still have to download the game onto your SD card (16.1GB) before you can play which takes up storage and seems unnecessary since they could have put the entire game onto the physical game cart instead. If I had known this, I probably would have not waited for the physical release and just bought the digital version instead. It just seems like 2K decided to save a buck on each sale and not really have a physical version. I feel cheated but on the flip side, the game is awesome! I considered giving it a lower rating but my wife kept asking me, "Do you like the game?", and well, I love it. Just annoyed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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