NHL 2K9 is an ice hockey simulation made by 2K Sports, part of the NHL 2K series, and published on the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles. It features Columbus Blue Jackets left winger Rick Nash on the cover. A demo was released on August 13, 2008 on the PlayStation Network and on August 21 on Xbox Live Marketplace (Gold members only).
NHL 2K9 brings new control schemes for the veterans of the series. The NHL 2K series has updated its stick handling moves, adding more superstar moves (from 2K8), further developed its skating engine, checking, added a new fighting engine, hit by puck collisions, blocked shots, user-controlled Stanley Cup celebrations, playoff beards and more than 1,400 new gameplay animations. New to the online is the ability to play with up to six separate consoles against other teams made of up to six consoles for a 12 console/player game.
Improving on 2K8, there is a new menu interface, pre-game intros, different crowd animations that are wild, new game summary replays, and a new commentary team featuring Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda, and John Shrader (Intermission Host / Rinkside Reporter) of the San Jose Sharks.
Like other 2K sports games, NHL 2K9 features a Reel Maker on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 where players are able to edit saved replays, share them with others online, and rate other players creations via PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Included are mini games; users will have to option to drive the zamboni during both intermissions while playing a game. On the Wii, the Wii remote is used as a steering wheel to give the driving a more intuitive feel.
Wii specific features
NHL 2K9 is notable as it is the first full-featured NHL hockey game to be released on Wii. The control set is tailored specifically to the unique features of the Wii control set. Control features include point and click passing, shooting by swinging the Wii Remote, body checking by shaking the Nunchuk, and fights using both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.
The soundtrack is as follows:
- Bad Religion – "New Dark Ages"
- Genghis Tron – "Things Don't Look Good"
- High on Fire – "Rumors of War"
- Inner Circle – "Bad Boys"
- Joe Satriani – "Crowd Chant"
- Mastodon – "Iron Tusk"
- NOFX – "Linoleum"
- Operation Ivy – "Bankshot"
- Pennywise – "Knocked Down"
- Protest the Hero – "Goddess Gagged"
- Recliner – "Find a Way"
- The Night Marchers – "Closed for Inventory"
- The Offspring – "Nitro (Youth Energy)"
- The Ramones – "Blitzkrieg Bop"
The song "Bad Boys" is always played when a player is sent to the penalty box and when a fight between two players starts. Each team also as a track played at their home arena when they score a goal.
Some owners of the game, specifically Wii users, have experienced frozen screens and self-deleting save files. The save file disappearances tend to be linked with playing extended hours of the franchise mode. Through community testing, it appears saving franchise mode immediately following an automatic game save causes the franchise data to be lost. Also, playing through more than a couple of months of a season in succession has resulted in frozen screens that can lead to lost data. Take-Two Interactive has assured fans that these are rare and isolated occurrences.
The game also features historical dynasty and popular teams. These include the New York Islanders of the 1980s, Montreal Canadiens of the 1950s (and others), however; the accuracy of the teams are questionable as they have arbitrary players identified as position not name and jersey numbers that do not correspond to the real teams. Additionally, some historical sweaters that can be chosen to be worn in the game are designed inaccuarately, an example being the Boston Bruins' 1926 jersey among others.
Also the numbers that are on the front of jerseys for Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars do appear in the game they are just hard to see.