Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Feb 19, 2013
    95
    NBA 2K13 on Wii U remains the best sports simulation available.
  2. Jan 23, 2013
    94
    NBA 2K13 for Wii U is the same, excellent game we saw on PS3 and Xbox 360, plus it comes with some interesting GamePad features. What a pity the developers didn't redesign the UI for the touch screen.
  3. Nov 19, 2012
    91
    The few Wii U-exclusive options are hardly worth double-dipping over if you've already bought it for another console, though, and odds are you won't use them much regardless.
  4. Jan 17, 2013
    90
    NBA 2K13 Wii U is an awesome port of the best basketball simulator ever. The most remarkable difference in this version is the introduction of some new options developed to take advantage of the Wii U GamePad exclusive feature. If you are Wii U owners and NBA lovers, don't miss it.
  5. Dec 13, 2012
    90
    It doesn't mean much due to it having no competition the past couple of years but NBA 2K13 continues the series' dominance in the basketball sim genre.
  6. Dec 21, 2012
    87
    The new Nintendo Wii U NBA 2K13 is very similar to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. The most remarkable aspect in Spain is the voice of Antoni Daimiel and his extraordinary comments.
  7. Jan 18, 2013
    86
    There is no doubt: On Wii U 2K13 celebrates the same magnificent basketball as on 360 or PlayStation 3. But be aware that the engine is not as fluent as on other systems and that the new features for the Wii U GamePad are either unnecessary or well conceived but implemented halfheartedly.
  8. Feb 11, 2013
    85
    The same technical power enjoyed on other consoles, plus a greater tactical and tactile control. Visual Concepts' first steps on the Wii U platform are measured, yet secure.
  9. Feb 3, 2013
    85
    The king of basketball games delivers pure quality, as it did on the other consoles. Its Wii U-exclusive may not warrant a purchase, but the great experience and fluent controls certainly do.
  10. Dec 19, 2012
    85
    It's the same outstanding basketball simulator we've seen before, but there are some minor issues compared to the previous versions, like the frame rate or the lack of use of the GamePad. Still, the best option for those looking for a basketball game.
  11. A fantastically well put-together game hamstrung only by the inherent limitations of the sport itself. No other Wii U title offers such great value for money.
  12. Nov 29, 2012
    84
    Wii U owners looking for a solid basketball experience are in for a treat. This is one of the best ports available at launch, and it goes toe-to-toe with the other versions on every level. NBA 2K13 is a fantastic game no matter how you play it, and being available at the launch of a console gives the Wii U one more reason to celebrate.
  13. Dec 21, 2012
    83
    In the end, NBA 2K13 is another great release from the folks at 2K Sports. Aside from the confusing menus, the strange inclusion of the Celebrity Team, and the somewhat awkward controls, it's a fully functional Basketball sim with some nice features.
  14. Mar 24, 2013
    80
    The GamePad features are interesting but the iffy frame rate cancels them out. [Apr 2013, p.86]
  15. Mar 11, 2013
    80
    This Wii U iteration does not bring anything particularly special to the table, but any fans of the sport that do dive in will be treated to a superbly impressive, and accurate, simulation of the popular pastime.
  16. Jan 21, 2013
    80
    NBA 2K13 is full of good ideas, but Visual Concepts could have made a better and deeper use of the asymmetric gameplay.
  17. Nov 27, 2012
    60
    Using the GamePad screen to play gives the best experience and also frees up the TV for other use, which has proven to be an unexpected bonus of the Wii U overall. If it weren't for the choppy framerate of the standard game modes, NBA 2K13 would be a contender for the best sports game on the platform.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 29, 2012
    8
  2. Aug 21, 2014
    8
    Hi to all from Russia. I want to give this game 10 only that you can play on gamepad without TV, while you gf watch some shows. But game haveHi to all from Russia. I want to give this game 10 only that you can play on gamepad without TV, while you gf watch some shows. But game have hard 8 max. Because online servers are shutdown already, 2k stopped their a year ago. And with using some cameras in the game fps is going down often. But this is the first and i think last NBA simulator, and i play it every day on my Wii U with big pleasure. 2k - bad boys. No 2k14( i know that Wii U version have 40k sales, but it is on start. And i know that Wii U users like Nintendo games more and that's why they buy that console), but they can optimize 2k13 finely. They didn't. Full Review »
  3. Mar 16, 2014
    7
    I'm more a fan of the arcade style basketball games, but this game is very well done. There are some frustrations that exist that you justI'm more a fan of the arcade style basketball games, but this game is very well done. There are some frustrations that exist that you just have to suck up, and the menu system is one of the worst I've ever seen, but fans of the sport will find much enjoyment in this game, and it is probably the best sports genre game you can get on the Wii U. Full Review »