Pre-order NBA 2K16 in-store at Best Buy Canada, or online on, to receive the game on Friday, September 25th (four days before the standard launch)!

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Get it early, play it first

2K Games’ top-rated NBA video game simulation franchise is once again hitting the courts this fall, with NBA 2K16 arriving on both next-generation consoles (PS4/Xbox One), and prior generation consoles (PS3/Xbox 360). While the official street date is Tuesday, September 29th, if you pre-order the game online or in-store at Best Buy you can get your hands on the game the Friday before launch―a whopping four days early. Now that’s awesome!


Pre-order to receive the NBA 2K16 “Tip-Off” Edition

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This is one of the most exciting pre-order bonuses I’ve seen yet, and will give you ultimate bragging rights with your friends over what 2K is calling “Early Tip-Off Weekend”. By pre-ordering the game, you’ll be able to experience this groundbreaking new iteration of NBA 2K on September 25thdays before everyone else―giving you a serious edge on the competition.

But that’s not all though. Pre-order NBA 2K16 and will also receive 10,000 in Virtual Currency and MyTEAM VIP. 2K is giving away different MyTEAM VIP bonus content depending on which version you purchase, as follows:

  • PS4/Xbox One – 3 MyTEAM Emerald Packs each with a guaranteed Emerald player
  • PS3/Xbox 360 – MyTEAM Gold Booster Pack with Guaranteed Gold Player and 4 additional Gold items.

A code will come packaged inside the box, which you can then redeem to receive the above rewards.

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Developer: Visual Concepts

Publisher: 2K Sports

Genre: Sports / Basketball

ESRB Rating: Rating Pending

Virtual Currency and Pack Colours explained

Wondering what NBA 2K16 “Virtual Currency” is? It’s the in-game currency that is used to purchase a wide variety of content, and in NBA 2K15, this consisted of virtual goods (uniforms, equipment, apparel), MyPLAYER attributes, and new animations for your characters. As for the “Emerald” and “Gold” packs, each colour represents a different type of a player, with Emerald players tending to be rising stars, while Gold are considered the top tier players.

There are limited quantities of the NBA 2K16 Tip-Off Edition, so if you want to play the game before its official release date, and receive the additional bonus content, be sure to pre-order now!

nba cover.JPGThree Cover Athletes in this year’s edition

For NBA 2K16, 2K Games chose not one, but three different NBA stars to grace the cover. They are:

  • James Harden of the Houston Rockets
  • Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors
  • Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans

What’s really neat is that each copy of the game comes with a tri-fold insert of all three cover athletes, letting you fold and re-insert the cover with your favourite design!

A Spike Lee Joint

If you look closely at the box art image of NBA 2K16 (seen near the top-right of this article), you’ll notice the curious words “Featuring a Spike Lee joint”. That’s because 2K Games hired Spike Lee as the director and writer of NBA 2K16‘s MyCareer mode! This is going to be a full career mode that will take you all the way from being a top high school basketball player, to an elite star of the NBA. Given Lee’s tremendous talent in filmmaking, I can’t wait to see the rich story he’s crafted for this game!

During the NBA playoffs, a commercial starring Lee aired, giving us a small sample of what we can look forward to:

With just over two months until NBA 2K16 launches, there are plenty of reasons to be excited. In addition to all of the above, 2K Games promises this year’s edition will be “one of the most groundbreaking sports titles in video game history,” and will combine exciting new features with true-to-life authenticity. I can’t wait to see more in the weeks to come!

Are you a fan of the series and looking forward to NBA 2K16? Let us know your thoughts on the series below!

Paul Hunter
Editor Video Gaming
I work out of Toronto, Ontario as the Editor of Gaming here on the Plug-in Blog and as Editor-in-Chief of NextGen Player. I am thankful for having a loving and patient wife who doesn’t mind my 40 hour a week obsession with gaming. See my latest gaming adventures on my Twitter channel.


  1. Ok I think I’m in for this one. I just hope my player doesn’t get drafted by the Detroit Pistons again. A 3 point shooting point guard that doesn’t play physical doesn’t fit in well with the bad boys of the NBA.  Bill Laimbeer and Vinnie Johnson would never stand for it!

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