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NBA 2K20 "Momentous" trailer

NBA 2K has evolved into much more than a basketball simulation. 2K continues to redefine what’s possible in sports gaming with NBA 2K20, featuring best in class graphics & gameplay, ground breaking game modes, and unparalleled player control and customization. Plus, with its immersive open-world Neighborhood, NBA 2K20 is a platform for gamers and ballers to come together and create what’s next in basketball culture.

NBA 2K20 gets a 30-second Japanese commercial

You guys know that I know nothing about traditional sports, which means I know even less about the popularity of American sports teams around the world. I guess the NBA is popular enough in Japan for NBA 2K20 to release there! It'll be interesting to see where this one lands on the charts when it launches later this week.

UPDATE - A 15-second spot was released as well.

PEGI explains why they didn't flag NBA 2K20's slot machine mechanic as gambling

It looks like gambling, but it's not

We share a trailer for NBA 2K20 the other day, which got a lot of people talking. The trailer showed a number of mechanics in the upcoming game, including a straightforward virtual slot machine. Many were upset to see this display in-game, following years of complaints about microtransactions. It also seemed a bit tone-deaf, considering recent efforts to get this kind of content labeled as gambling. How in the world is it that an actual representation of a slot machine wasn't enough to set off any red flags? PEGI has come forward to explain their lack of flagging.

PEGI says its gambling content descriptor doesn’t apply, as the mini-games int the title don't “encourage and/or teach the use of games of chance that are played/carried out as a traditional means of gambling.” They went on to say that “the controversial imagery played a central role in the trailer, but it may not necessarily do so in the game, which has not yet been released.” The content earned through these mini-games can't be purchased with real money, so there isn't actually anything that could be considered gambling by PEGI.

The explanation makes sense, but the decision to have mini-games play out as slot machines still doesn't sit will with some fans.

NBA 2K20 demo now available for Switch in Japan

Have a ball

It has taken awhile, but the demo for NBA 2K20 is now available on the Switch eShop in Japan. No word on why there was a delay on the demo's release, but at least it finally launched. The full game is now available to preload on the Switch eShop in Japan as well, and its priced at ¥7,560.

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival, Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, Ninja Box, and NBA 2K20 available to preload in Japan

4 more up for preload

Four more games are up for preload on Switch in Japan check out pricing, file size, and release date info for each game below.

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival

- priced at ¥6,588
- Japanese language only
- 2.3 GB
- due out Oct. 10th, 2019

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout

- priced at ¥7,581 (the regular price is ¥8,424)
- Japanese and Chinese languages supported
- 5.3 GB
- due out Sept. 26th, 2019

Ninja Box

- priced at ¥5,184,
- Japanese language only
- 4.6 GB
- due out Sept. 26th, 2019

NBA 2K20

- priced at ¥7,560, ¥10,260, and ¥13,824 respectively
- Japanese and English languages supported
- 7.0 GB
- due out Sept. 6th, 2019

NBA 2K20 dev blog update focuses on the MyTEAM feature

Take-Two has put up a new dev blog for NBA 2K20, and this one dives into the specifics of the MyTEAM feature. Check out a snippet below, then click over for the full piece.

Card Evolution is a complete game changer for how you will think about and play MyTEAM. Evolution cards are special cards that allow you to level up both player ratings and badges, as well as the gem color by accomplishing single game and/or career goals with the given Evo card. It is possible for some cards to be upgraded numerous gem color tiers! We have even added a new Card Evolution menu that allows you to view all of your Evolution cards in one location. Here, you can track all of your evolution progress and preview the boosts you will get for evolving each of your cards.

Full blog here

NBA 2K20 - Switch demo gameplay

NBA 2K has evolved into much more than a basketball simulation. 2K continues to redefine what’s possible in sports gaming with NBA 2K20, featuring best in class graphics & gameplay, ground breaking game modes, and unparalleled player control and customization. Plus, with its immersive open-world Neighborhood, NBA 2K20 is a platform for gamers and ballers to come together and create what’s next in basketball culture.

2K remains committed to NBA 2K series on Switch, says you can't match the platform's flexibility, also discusses microtransactions

The anti-EA

NBA 2K20 is coming out on the Switch in a matter of weeks, marking the third installment of the franchise to come to Nintendo fans. It's clear 2K feels the series makes sense on the Switch, and in an interview with USGamer, senior producer Rick Boenisch explained why.

"I think when the demand is there, you get to see the audience who enjoys it, you take advantage of it. Selfishly for me, I feel like I shouldn't be playing my game when I'm away from work. But even on the plane down here, I put my Switch in my bag with me, and it's awesome to get the chance to just focus in on the gameplay. The flexibility can't be matched with that console."

In the same interview, Boenisch discusses the game's approach with microtransactions. 2K has heard the complaints in recent years, and they're doing their best to find a balance with this installment.

"For us it's really important that our customers feel perceived value in the game. We've designed the game such that everything like that is supplemental. It's there, it's optional if you want, but everything has to feel natural. It can't be like a mobile game where you eventually hit a paywall. We never hit that in NBA 2K, and I think that's a really important point to drive home."

NBA 2K20 demo released, full game available to preload, MyPlayer trailer released

Dribble on over to the eShop

It's a big day for NBA 2K fans. 2K has announced that a demo for NBA 2K20 has launched on the Switch eShop, alongside the option to preload the full game. Try out the demo, and then maybe you'll decide the full game is for you!

Also make sure to check out the new trailer above, which focuses on the MyPlayer component of the game.

NBA 2K20 releases 'When The Lights Are Brightest' MyCareer Trailer, Reveals Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, and more

A star-studded MyCareer mode

NBA 2K20's much-anticipated MyCareer mode has been revealed with a new trailer, and 2K is jamming in a bunch of celebrities this time. It's not just big-name athletes taking part in the MyCareer feature, as actors like Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson are getting in on the action as well.

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