2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that the highly anticipated hockey title, NHL 2K9, is now available on retail store shelves in North America for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii home video game system from Nintendo, and PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems. Developed by Visual Concepts, an award-winning 2K studio, NHL 2K9 brings a totally rebuilt NHL experience to life with fresh player animations and a brand-new in-game presentation that fans will enjoy from the moment they start their first game.
"With Visual Concepts developing the NHL 2K franchise for the first time, we're very proud and excited to deliver to our 2K Sports fans a refreshingly fun and entertaining hockey experience with NHL 2K9," said Greg Thomas, senior vice president of sports development for 2K. "As the only officially licensed NHL title for Wii, along with our pick-up-and-play controls and fresh new features, NHL 2K9 brings the fun back to hockey video games for fans of all ages."
NHL 2K9 offers brand-new gameplay features including expanded superstar moves, friendly Zamboni competitions, a revamped fighting engine, custom Stanley Cup celebrations, and six-on-six online capability. As the first and only officially licensed NHL and NHLPA video game for Wii, NHL 2K9 will also provide fans with a chance to play like the pros using the Wii Remote as a hockey stick, a wholly unique and entertaining experience.
A free demo of NHL 2K9 is also now available for download on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION Network. The demo provides fans an opportunity to relive the excitement of this past season's thrilling Stanley Cup Final in a brief three minute period as either the Pittsburgh Penguins or Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
NHL 2K9, rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older by the ESRB, is now available for Xbox 360, Wii, PLAYSTATION 3 system and PlayStation 2 system.