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2K Sports Uses 2011 NHL All-Star Game to Announce NHL 2K11 for Apple iPad

RALEIGH, North Carolina -- 2K Sports has had success with NHL 2K11 on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Now the sports video game maker is bringing the franchise to Apple’s popular iPad. Mike Rhinehart, senior brand manager at 2K Sports, who was at the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, said that NHL 2K11 is coming to iPad with all-new features to take advantage of the larger screen and touch pad. 2K Sports cover athlete Ryan Kesler was at the 2K Sports booth at NHL Fan Fair to sign autographs and check out the NHL 2K11 bus.

NHL 2K11 will mark 2K Sports first game on Apple’s now-ubiquitous iPad. NHL 2K11 launched as a Wii exclusive, as Rhinehart said 2K Sports has spent the past year focusing on a new Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 hockey game. But that extra time has allowed the game publisher to bring its NHL franchise to first the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch and now the iPad.

NHL 2K11 was the first licensed NHL game for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch, and now it will enjoy the same status on iPad. 2K Sports has devised a new control scheme designed specifically for the iPad and based off the iPhone and iPod touch version. The iPad hockey game will feature high definition visuals – something hockey fans don’t experience on the Wii version. The game will feature a variety of modes, including the ability to jump into a Quick Game, practice your skills in Free Skate, or take your favorite team to the Stanley Cup in Season Mode. 2K Sports will update the game throughout the rest of the season to keep the game fresh.

The Wii version of the game introduced improved Wii MotionPlus controls with the ability to execute real-time (one-to-one) dekes, puck juggling, shooting and defensive maneuvers. Bringing these incredible moves to life are improved player models, freshly lit and redesigned arenas, and highly detailed jerseys and equipment. 2K Sports introduced the all-new Road to the Cup mode featuring Mii characters battling in mini-games, trivia challenges and skills competitions.

Screenshots taken from the iPhone/iPod Touch version of the game.