EA unveiled several upcoming games yesterday during the their Studio Showcase press conference, and while most of the announcements were related to HD consoles, PC and iPhone, the company slipped in a little sumthin'-sumthin' for DSiWare.

Need for Speed: Nitro-X continues the Nintendo-exclusive spin-off series that started off on Wii and DS last November. Nitro took the series in a more arcade direction and were most notable for their "tagging" mechanic, which painted the track the colour of the one in first.

In addition to a career mode and four-player local multiplayer, the game will include 18 licensed cars to race across 16 tracks updated from the retail release. While it's still unclear whether Nitro-X will turn out like other retail-to-DSiWare releases like Gameloft's Asphalt 4 or EnjoyUp's Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ, both full cartridge games that went downloadable, we'd expect this one to stick close to its cousin in terms of content.

EA said Nitro-X is slated to arrive sometime this summer.

[via kotaku.com]