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NBA 2K18 on the Nintendo Switch is a Success

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NBA 2K18 on the Nintendo Switch is a Success

Nintendo hasn’t been known for AAA releases of any sort outside of their own in-house Mario/Zelda releases. The Switch seems to be changing this formula and major releases are coming out on the system, albeit sometimes stripped-down versions of them to work on the hardware. NBA 2K18, which battles the FIFA series for sports gaming sales supremacy, has done just that with its release on the Switch. How does it fair compared to its big cousins on the PS4/Xbox One, let’s dive in and find out.

Getting to the elephant in the room, yes the game takes up a ton of space on the Switch and requires an SD card. When it’s all said and done (without any future patches yet), the game weighs in at 26 GB with one profile save present on console. The internal memory after the OS has the Switch at 25 GB, so don’t even consider the game without an SD card. The retail release also requires the SD card for reasons I can’t answer at this time.

It Is Really NBA 2K18

As for the game itself, the Switch shockingly gets 99 percent of the full PS4/XB1 release here. There’s some things missing, but all in all, this is the console release of NBA 2K18 on a mobile device. They could have skimped and released a modified version of the mobile game, but they didn’t and I commend them for that. That’s not without saying that 2K cut one corner to make it all work, the game runs at 30 frames per second. A majority of (if not all) sports games run at 60 FPS, so this is jarring on paper, but not as much on the game itself.  NBA 2K18 runs at 720p undocked and looks gorgeous in handheld mode. I didn’t notice any frame rate issues at all here. When the console is docked, it runs at 1080p and takes a hit graphically. The game looks a tad blurry/fuzzy on a bigger TV. If I sit a little further away than my normal 3-4 feet, it begins to look better. I also picked up on the frame rate more here, especially on fast breaks and quick moving action. Deal breaker? Not at all. Replays and close-up action still look fantastic. The individual players look great as well, and I’ve not seen anything that made me think it looks bad in anyway.

One other issue I’ve encountered is that the audio seems to have a popping sound. It also seems to be out of sync in MyCareer mode. In MyCareer it gets so out of sync that I’ve had scenes were my character was finished talking but the on-screen avatar was still sitting there with mouth moving looking around in dead silence for 20-30 seconds. Overall though, the audio is great. All the music, commentary (including Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett) are in the game. The arena sounds alive and crowd sounds great.

The Neighborhood is a Ghost Town

The MyCareer mode as a whole feels like they could have been left out of the Switch version. I’ve never seen full courts in the Neighborhood like I’ve seen on PS4. Granted, there’s always a game to be found for your player, but it’s pretty barren overall. Usually two of the eight courts have players on them at any given time, where PS4/XB1 would have every single court full, including people waiting. With the portability of the console and the need for online with this mode, they could have scrapped it and very few would even miss it. Although, the issue is it would cut into the VC side of things and I’m not sure how that would sit.

The Switch Experience

Another oddity is the few things that are missing from the game are just blanked out in this version. For example, in MyGM expansion mode, you cannot download logos or created teams like you can on PS4/XB1. So the box where those options normally would be are just blanked out. It is an odd aesthetic to see on screen because it just feels edited out instead of actual work done on the Switch version to make it feel different.

I’ve tried the game with the Pro Controller and Joy Cons, both work fine with docked and undocked. I preferred the Pro Controller due to its Xbox-type configuration, just having to re-learn my brain to understand that Microsoft switched the staple Nintendo Y/X and B/A buttons many years ago.

Final Thoughts

All in all, it’s a monumental achievement to have this game running on the Nintendo Switch. It’s truly a full console game for a mobile device with almost every bell and whistle in the other versions. It looks great, plays great and is a step in the right direction for AAA games on a Nintendo console. Highly recommended.

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  1. I agree. I only have the switch version and love it. It feels like 2k, and to have a full sports experience on a handheld is something that is truly awesome. My only worry is the patch support. I know that XB1/PS4 has gotten the patch, while the Switch is "soon". So I am still waiting to start my Myleague because of it.
    I have not had a problem finding games in the neighborhood and was actually pleasantly surprised how many people were there. There was always games being played, and many times all courts were in use. Also, joining the NBA2K switch discord has allowed voice chat among teammates. BUT, they do need an invite friend feature. Currently you are region locked.
    I got the switch as a gift in the spring. I was considering selling it because Mario and Zelda type games do little for me. I decided that nba 2k would be the deciding ffactor on keeping the system or not. After playing this on my last business trip I can easily say my Switch isn't going anywhere. This is a great game but even more than that it hopefully opens the eyes of other developers to port over full games and not  dumbed down versions.  
    Looking forward  to WWE , Steep if it ever comes out, Rocket league and maybe even FIFA
    A great first effort on the Switch by 2K. Being able to play this on the go is an amazing experience. Hope the patch drops soon and fixes the corrupted data issue.
    I might be the first bunch of people to purchase NBA 2K18 on switch. 
    This is a dream come true.
    I've always wanted a very good basketball experience on mobile cuz I spent hours on transport to work everyday. I had high hopes for PS Vita but obviously it failed. 
    Switch NBA 2K18 fulfilled my dream. 
    I have a few issues that I hope the switch dev team to fix asap. NBA 2K18 can be a much better experience without those issues. 
    1. The control, especially the shooting response is still delayed by maybe 0.3 to half a second. I've got used to it over the last two weeks but surely it would be great to have those improved. 
    2. Hope to see better and steadier frame rate when playing current NBA teams. Historical teams are much smoother, probably due to less complex arena and effects.
    3. I can understand 2K wants everyone to be online all the time in order to secure its VC. However this is very bad for switch gamers because we take console out on the go. Once we get offline, our settings are gone, saves are gone, and so that the dream to continue playing my season on the go is still not fulfilled. I don't mind getting no VCs when playing games offline, that's totally fine with me, as long as I get to play my game wherever I want to.  Please respect those of us who don't care about earning, buying and spending VCs, those of us who still playing the game like how it was 15 years ago. 
    Do you need to be online/connected to continue to play MyLeage/MyGM games? Was considering downloading the Switch version this weekend but will hold off if this is true. Can someone confirm?
    Does anyone have a link to the Discord? Every one that I have come across so far has been an invalid link.
    Hopefully more people will be joining us on the courts once the physical version drops. The lack of VC bonus and slow patching has been dampening my enjoyment of MyCareer so far.
    DJ
    A great first effort on the Switch by 2K. Being able to play this on the go is an amazing experience. Hope the patch drops soon and fixes the corrupted data issue.

    what is the corrupted data issue? I just bought this today and i ONLY will be playing MY GM no myplayer or park or story etc. I have it downloading now whats the issue?
    OSUXUGrad
    Do you need to be online/connected to continue to play MyLeage/MyGM games? Was considering downloading the Switch version this weekend but will hold off if this is true. Can someone confirm?

    Please someone answer this if they can i need to know too
    You don't need to be online for the MyLeague/MyGM stuff. Only for MyPlayer and online modes obviously.  But you can game away on the franchise type modes without worry. (It will load up a screen at the start saying you don't have an internet connection and give the corrupt data warning.)  It's still an odd setup for 2K but once you get an Internet connection again, the info from the cloud re-downloads.
    ExtremeGamer
    You don't need to be online for the MyLeague/MyGM stuff. Only for MyPlayer and online modes obviously. *But you can game away on the franchise type modes without worry. (It will load up a screen at the start saying you don't have an internet connection and give the corrupt data warning.) *It's still an odd setup for 2K but once you get an Internet connection again, the info from the cloud re-downloads.

    THANK YOU!!! when i get off work i will be set then! much appreciated
    Out of the XBO version and Switch version, this is easily the one I spend most of my time on. The XBO version is better for sure, but having a game that so closely competes with the XBO/PS4 version that I can take anywhere with me is proving to be very valuable. Glad to see I haven’t hit the game save issue yet, but hoping Nintendo approves a patch soon. Only gripe is the slight delay on the control response. Aside from that, amazing first effort.
    hall31
    Out of the XBO version and Switch version, this is easily the one I spend most of my time on. The XBO version is better for sure, but having a game that so closely competes with the XBO/PS4 version that I can take anywhere with me is proving to be very valuable. Glad to see I haven’t hit the game save issue yet, but hoping Nintendo approves a patch soon. Only gripe is the slight delay on the control response. Aside from that, amazing first effort.

    after spending more and more time this version is GREAT. Like someone else said dont play the ps4 version too as the buttons get confusing. I just need to break the habits of the ps4 controller
    erickonasis
    what is the corrupted data issue? I just bought this today and i ONLY will be playing MY GM no myplayer or park or story etc. I have it downloading now whats the issue?

    The whole game gets corrupted and you lose all saves. It's happened to me 3 times already.
    erickonasis
    Please someone answer this if they can i need to know too

    Wish I could help but I just went to check for you and everything is corrupted.
    As for now, you have to be connected to 2K server to play all the game modes. If you get offline, which you often do when taking out your switch, you will lose access to all of your game saves and settings, you start the game like anew, like starting it for the first time. If you are offline and you created a new save, you will still be able to access it while your are offline. However, once you are back home and connected to wifi, NBA 2K18 will automatically transfer all your offline saves and settings onto 2K sever and they will NOT be  on your console locally.  This is hugely annoying for switch owners cuz it just means that you can only go for Quick Games on the go. There is currently NO saves available to you once you get offline. 
    Qrashman
    Wish I could help but I just went to check for you and everything is corrupted.

    Yes i had it happen too but not since i took my Switch offline only...I really only need to connect to buy games from the e shop. I dont play any of these games online so im good everything has been working great since i went offline
    this is the best sports game ive EVER played on a handheld maybe even best game period and ive had all the handhelds you could think of. If you dont play your switch online going offline for now is the way to go. Your saves WILL BE locally
    Well I caved and Bought The Digital Version, I wanted to wait for the Physical cause most of my games are. But Ill mix it up now. Can't wait to get home and play on the switch.
    JasonLin
    As for now, you have to be connected to 2K server to play all the game modes. If you get offline, which you often do when taking out your switch, you will lose access to all of your game saves and settings, you start the game like anew, like starting it for the first time. If you are offline and you created a new save, you will still be able to access it while your are offline. However, once you are back home and connected to wifi, NBA 2K18 will automatically transfer all your offline saves and settings onto 2K sever and they will NOT be *on your console locally. *This is hugely annoying for switch owners cuz it just means that you can only go for Quick Games on the go. There is currently NO saves available to you once you get offline.*

    Wait, what? No local saves? So I can't play a franchise on the road? If that's the case, I won't bother with the switch version. That's a ignorant decision if true. That's the main reason for buying it, playing away from home.
    You can play mygm or myleague offline. I had 2 8 hour road trips and all I did was play mygm.
    Not sure what ppl are talking about. Maybe not being able to play my career? Which makes sense I guess being that is mostly online.
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