‘NBA 2K18’ for Switch will not offer Amiibo support

An image featuring the top-rated superstars for "NBA 2K18." (Facebook/NBA2K)

After speculations that “NBA 2K18” may feature Amiibo support for its Nintendo Switch version, the developers finally cleared the air.

According to a Gamespot report, a 2K representative confirmed that the game will not offer Amiibo support for the console. An Amiibo works by allowing a player to tap into his character’s Amiibo to unlock different accessories, new modes, and other perks.

2K said, on the other hand, that the game will be “complete and identical” to the PlayStation 4 (PS4) version. USGamer reported that this covers all the features that are present in the PS4 version. It also speculated that the Switch version will also likely be identical to that of the Xbox One version.

Meanwhile, SportingNews reported that 2K released its “NBA 2K18” player ratings earlier this week. As expected, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers took the top spot with a rating of 97. Reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant trailed James with a rating of 96. Third on the list was San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard with a 95 rating.

What caused a buzz, however, was 2K giving Houston Rockets guard James Harden a rating of 95. This puts him a spot higher than reigning MVP Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder. Observers questioned the ranking, as they pointed out that Harden’s defensive prowess was questionable compared to Westbrook’s.

Moreover, the Thunder superstar also capped his MVP season by averaging a triple-double, a feat achieved for only the second time in league history.

In addition, 2K also revealed that NBA legends Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett will be in the game. Instead of playing inside the court, Gamespot reported that the two will be part of the panel as guest commentators.

“#NBA2K18’s Presentation gets even more authentic & bigger as legends @kobebryant & @KGArea21 join the booth in our latest trailer!” a post on “NBA 2K18’s” official Twitter account said. In addition, they also confirmed that Bryant and Garnett will appear on a “rotating basis.”

Pre-orders for “NBA 2K18” starts on Sept. 15.