The new Jordan Challenge includes all 15 games of NBA 2K23s

The new Jordan Challenge includes all 15 games of NBA 2K23s ...

With The Jordan Challenge, NBA 2K23 will bring back Michael Jordan's greatest accomplishments, adding five more games to the original ten that NBA 2K11 offered 12 years ago.

Executive producer Erick Boenisch, a 20-year veteran of Visual Concepts who has worked on all but three games in the series, stated that he wanted this to be above NBA 2K11s Jordan Challenge in every way.

Boenisch and gameplay director Mike Wang delved deeply into the history and context of each moment in Jordan's career in an attempt to reintroduce it to a new generation of basketball enthusiasts who may have never seen him play.

When the Jordan Challenge launches on September 8, the game will be available on all versions of NBA 2K23: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Here are some highlights from the new Jordan Challenge and the deeper meaning inside each.

The National Championship

New Orleans' Louisiana Superdome on March 29, 1982.

Mike Jordan was the fourth freshman in North Carolina basketball history to start in his first game for the Tar Heels. He topped a Tar Heels lineup that included former Hall of Famer James Worthy and three-time all-American Sam Perkins. In the 1982 NCAA final against Patrick Ewing and Georgetown, Jordan buried an 18-foot jumper with 15 seconds left to give UNC a 63-62 lead and Dean Smith his first national championship after six Final Four appearances.

Prelude to a Dream

On July 9, 1984, Indianapolis' Hoosier Dome was opened.

The United States men's national basketball team opened Indiana's brand-new Hoosier Dome with a game of NBA stars that included Hall of Famers Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, and Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics. President Ronald Reagan addressed the crowd and the crowd in a recorded address recorded on the arena scoreboard. Jordan scored 14 points in this game, which the collegians won 97-82.

God in Disguise

Game 2, Eastern Conference first round, Boston Garden, Boston, April 20, 1986.

Jordan was selected third overall in a 1984 NBA draft whose top five included future Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley. In 1986, the Bulls were beaten 135-131 by the Celtics, who had fought for their 16th NBA championship. Jordan's zwischen-the-legs jumper and stepback jumper in Birds' face are still one of the greatest highlights in NBA history.

An All-Star Forever

NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium on February 7, 1988.

Jordan dropped 40 points on Magic Johnson and the Western Conference All-Stars in front of his own home crowd the day after a leap from the free-throw line to defeat Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins.

The Shot

Game 5, Eastern Conference first round, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, May 7, 1989.

Three seconds until the Bulls win, Brad Sellers starts the play, and Jordan shoves Nance out of the play, then rushes to the foul line, then takes the shot on the way down. Ehlo panics, and Jordan dodges four punches in the air, nearly decking Sellers in their first-round playoff victory.

Shootout at the ATL Corral

1990, Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks.

This game is a holdover from NBA 2K11, and is intended to highlight Wilkins and Jordan's scoring ability at the height of their careers. It does not recreate any particular game that happened on January 19, 1990, when MJ scored 36 points and Nique scored 26 points in a 92-84 Bulls victory.


The Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, was opened on March 28, 1990.

Jordan scored 54 points in an overtime victory over the Cavaliers in Chicago. They met again four months later in Cleveland for another stunning track meet. Chicago won 117-113, as Jordan played 50 minutes and scored 69 points on 23-of-37 shooting. It also inspired one of NBA history's most famous postgame lines, when rookie teammate Stacey King said, "I'll always remember this as the night Michael Jordan and I scored 70 points."

The Jordan Rules

Game 3, Eastern Conference Finals, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, May 26, 1990.

Chuck Daly's Bad Boys The Pistons made no apologies for their ruthless game plan, which enticed Jordan for hard contact whenever he drove to the basket. They were also the title of Sam Smith's 1991 book about the Bulls-Pistons rivalry. If Jordan went by you, nail him, Daly told Sports Illustrated in 2012.


NBA Finals, Chicago Stadium, and Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, June 2-12, 1991.

With Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, the Bulls, and the Lakers, the NBA's decade of appointment television began in Game 2. Jordan scored 33 points, leading all scorers, and his career highlight came in Game 2 with a mind-blowing switched-hands layup.

The Shrug

Game 1, NBA Finals, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, June 3, 1992.

Michael Jordan's career high was 35 points, but not when he scored 35 points in the first half, of the first game, of the Bulls' second straight NBA championship, and he shrugged, as if to admit that he didn't know how he did it.

Double Nickel

Madison Square Garden, New York, March 18, 1995.

Jordan's father, James Jordan, was murdered on July 23, 1993, in Lumberton, North Carolina, one month after Jordan and the Bulls won their third consecutive NBA championship. After a year on the road in the minor leagues, Jordan returned to the Bulls' squad with a two-word message: Im back.

Fathers Day

Game 6, NBA Finals, United Center, Chicago, June 16, 1996.

Jordans best games were actually 22 points on 5-of-19 shooting, five turnovers, and seven assists. Further, the 72-win Bulls had sprinted out to a 3-0 series lead over the SuperSonics before losing their focus and games 4 and 5. But it was still Fathers Day, and on that day the Bulls won their fourth world championship, the first since James Jordan's death three years earlier.

The Flu Game

Game 5, NBA Finals, Delta Center, Salt Lake City on June 11, 1997.

After the championship parade, Jordan caught some sort of stomach virus at the team hotel two nights before Game 5. The Jazz were a perfect 10-0 on their home court in the playoffs to that point.

Passing the Torch

The United Center in Chicago was closed on December 17, 1997.

This is the first time that Kobe Bryant has played in the NBA in his second year with the Bulls. Jordan scored 36 points on 12-of-20 shooting, while the Bulls romped to a 104-83 victory over a Lakers side without injured big man Shaquille ONeal.

The Last Dance

Game 6, NBA Finals, Delta Center, Salt Lake City: June 14, 1998.

Jordan's final shot for the Chicago Bulls was, again, the game-winner, 87-86 against Bryon Russell and the Jazz, coming after Jordan's steal from Karl Malone with 18 seconds left. Jordan retired the following January and returned again in 2001, for two seasons in the Washington Wizards.