The Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant, might have ended one of the most illustrious careers in the basketball history but his legacy would continue through the video games. After 2K Sports confirmed the release of “NBA 2K17 Legend Edition”, which would feature special Kobe-themed memorabilia and digital content, the legend could be immortalised in the video games.
Kotaku in their blog shared the wonderful connection of Kobe Bryant and video games. In their blog the source started of with the defining moments in the legend’s career and then went on to talk about the history behind him being in video games.
The source quoted, “Nothing makes you realise just how old this guy is like seeing the gulf between the first and last video games he made an appearance in.
“Bryant was selected 13th overall in the 1996 NBA draft, and at the age of 17 was so young he had to get his parents to cosign his first contract. That meant he was in the league in time for NBA Live games that were released, with pixellated players, on the Genesis and Super Nintendo.
“Two years later, Kobe got his own game—Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside—for the Nintendo 64.”
“NBA Courtside 2: Featuring Kobe Bryant” also came as a sequel in 1999 which appeared on Game Boy Color, PC and PlayStation as well.
By 2002 his name wasn’t included in the title but “remained” on the cover of the GameCube-exclusive.
Here is an animated recap made by Zambing G2K “which runs down Bryan’ts model and appearance throughout the past 17 years of NBA video games, starting with 1999’s NBA2K on the Dreamcast.”
Kobe also featured in the NBA 2K10 cover art.
With the latest Legend Edition, Kobe once again made a comeback on the cover art of NBA 2K17.
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According to the Gamespot reports, the cover star should be announced during the “NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals professional gaming tournament” in June. The game would be launched in September for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC in September.