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Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

Posted on: July 21, 2011 3:17 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 11:25 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver.

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NBA legend Michael Jordan graced the cover of NBA 2K11 last year and, by all accounts, that decision was a smash success, as the game reportedly sold more than five million copies internationally. 

As a follow-up, 2K Sports will be putting the Chicago Bulls guard on the cover of this year's edition, NBA2K12, along with two other extremely recognizable faces: Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird and Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson. That's right: triple the pleasure, triple the fun. 

USAToday.com has more

Each athlete will be featured on their own separate cover when the game launches October 4.

"Jordan was such a success for us, and even if we wanted to do something different, the fans would never let us do it," says 2K vice president of marketing Jason Argent of His Airness' involvement with NBA 2K last year. "The feedback has been so positive."

Argent says 2K is "working on a potential solution" for consumers who buy a copy of NBA 2K12 with one cover but want to collect the other two versions.

CNN.com reports that the triple cover concept could be a first for a sports video game.
Argent said the three covers for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will be shipped in equal numbers to each retail location in the U.S. He said all other platform versions and non-U.S. locations will only get the Jordan cover. 

"The idea was to keep doing things bigger and better and continue to shake things up."

Argent said he thought the multicover approach was a first in the sports video game genre and extends the strong legacy established by "NBA 2K11." Last year's game sold more than 5 million units worldwide and won 14 Sports Game of the Year honors.
Each of the covers -- pictured above -- features an action shot of the Hall of Famer performing a signature move. Jordan is shown driving to the rim; Bird is pictured shooting a pull-up jumper; Johnson is swinging through with a baby hook shot. Each player's name and jersey number appears at the bottom.

An interesting question: How much was the decision to use the trio influenced by the fact that the NBA is currently in a lockout that could easily extend well past the game's launch date? Was it safer to pick NBA legends to avoid a controversy or is this simply a testament to Jordan's massive, enduring popularity? 

Original pictures via Darren Rovell on Lockerz.com


Comments

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

what happends if their is no nba season? and will they have euro teams wit nba stars on them if they go?



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

Most who played 2k11 know it's a good game.  The idea of the legends is the best part.  2k12 will do more than the 5 million 2k11 pulled down.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

I will most definately be buying magic's version, and hoping that 2k12 will be even better than the great 2k11



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

So this is basically the dagger to kill off the few remaining NBA Live fans.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

Each of the covers -- pictured above -- features an action shot of the Hall of Famer performing a signature move. Jordan is shown driving to the rim; Bird is pictured shooting a pull-up jumper; Johnson is swinging through with a baby hook shot. Each player's name and jersey number appears at the bottom.
Personally speaking I think that the better action shot for Magic Johnson would have been him making a no look pass. Nonetheless, I will still buy the game with him (or Michael Jordan [please fix his action shot to show him wearing #23] or Larry Bird) on the cover as it currently stands.



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 10:53 am
 

Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

"Well the game may have sold 5 million copies but certain aspects of 2k11 sucked big time ! The "My Player" mode sucked as did "Team Up" mode and ranked online games that is if you could connect to play an online game which most people couldn't do unless they changed the time zone on their game console !"



Have to disagree with you PHADE2BLAQ, NBA 2k11 was by far the best sports game ever made. Dynasty mode along with Jordan Mode were very detailed and Worth while. Obvisouly every game has there problem's but this game was an A+. Even go on ign.com they gave it a 9.5 and they are very tough on their ratings. Only problem I have with the game is how they made Dirk. He didnt have his real shoot and the video game Dirk was no where near the level of Dirk in real Life. I believe his final rating was an 86 Overall. But i read an article where  2K will be touching up the virtual Dirk and make him as close to real life as possible. I just Wish Madden can look at 2K's succses and look at ways to make the only football video game better.



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 9:29 am
 

Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

found it almost impossible to shoot jumpshots (even with shooters)  while online in the highest mode... hopefully they make some changes to the gameplay..... jordan will sell always has always will.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 7:07 am
 

Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

"NBA legend Michael Jordan graced the cover of NBA 2K11 last year and, by all accounts, that decision was a smash success, as the game reportedly sold more than five million copies internationally. "

Well the game may have sold 5 million copies but certain aspects of 2k11 sucked big time ! The "My Player" mode sucked as did "Team Up" mode and ranked online games that is if you could connect to play an online game which most people couldn't do unless they changed the time zone on their game console !



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:41 am
 

Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

It is 23. Go find a bigger picture of it, and you'll see. 



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:34 am
 

Jordan, Bird, Magic on NBA 2K12 covers

Look a little carefully it is the number 23 it's just a fade pattern.


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