NHL Hockey returns to Wii in a big way.
NHL 2K11 will be coming to Wii as an exclusive title, according to Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick. The series, which debuted on Wii in 2008 with NHL 2K9, has seen reduced sales as of late, and many thought that the series had potentially been cancelled. The series wasn't even listed in a December financial report.
During an earnings report today, however, Zelnick confirmed the title was in development, and as a Wii exclusive. He also confirmed that the HD console versions of the franchise were going back to the drawing board, stating: "As far as NHL, we're taking a year off on PS3 and Xbox 360 to refine, redesign and re-think."
The series had seen greater critical success with NHL 2K10 on Wii than on the other platforms, earning a 78% average on GameRankings.com, compared to 70% on PS3 and Xbox 360. The Wii version included Mii support, online play, and support for Wii MotionPlus.
Although no release date has been confirmed for NHL 2K11, the series traditionally releases in September.