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Need for Speed: Most Wanted Racing Onto Wii U in 2013

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

EA gives confirmation

As part of Nintendo's financial briefing earlier this week there was a display of a number of third-party titles in the works for Wii U, one of which was Need for Speed: Most Wanted. EA's juggernaut racing series makes its latest appearance on Xbox 360, PS3 and Vita in just a few days, but the Wii U version is currently slated for 2013.

We are very excited to deliver Need for Speed: Most Wanted on more platforms and to more gamers. Starting Oct. 30, Most Wanted will be available on X360, PS3, PS Vita, Android and iOS. Then in 2013, Nintendo fans will be able to experience what it means to be Most Wanted amongst their friends on the Wii U.

Of course, that brief statement doesn't indicate whether we can expect the port in Q1 of 2013, or whether it'll be released after the Spring. Details about what features will make it to Wii U, such as cross-platform online play as included in the upcoming release on other systems, are also saved for another day. It continues the trend of ports arriving on Wii U a number of months after the original — possibly due to publishers wanting to avoid crowding into a packed launch period — but we'll see whether release dates on Nintendo's system match competing consoles as next year progresses.

So, are you up for some racing chaos, Need for Speed-style, on Wii U?


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Spoony_Tech said:

I've always liked the Need for Speed style of game. Its as close to Grand Turismo or Fordza that Nintendo can get to a real simulation. I wish Nintendo or someone else close to Nintendo would make a serious racer on the system!



TOMBOY25 said:

its made by Criterion now so if you didnt like burnout paradise you wont like this



Spooky said:

The trend for slightly later ports is only because the dev kits wouldn't have been in developers hands long enough yet and ports are a cheap and easy way to get titles out there making them the all-important money. From all the info out there it seems really quite easy to get a game made on the Wii U. This really could be the best Nintendo platform yet!




Not really a fan of NFS, though I'd love to play a "realistic racer" using the gamepad as a steering wheel like the ipad is used so well in NFS Shift (more of a Real Racing 2 and Asphalt 7 man on iOS though!). Would prefer a Dirt, Burnout, new Crazy Taxi or new Outrun meself in WiiU



TheRealThanos said:

With all due respect to your opinion, but I think you may want to look into Project CARS for 1 on 1 realism: - beta from 7 months ago - near to final version - the website

And you'll get your wish, because this WILL be coming to Wii U.

Need for Speed is mostly known for arcade racing with, in some of their series, a hint of realism, but not true simulation and to me that is VERY far from games like Forza or Gran Turismo, and graphics wise, there's also been a lot of difference, mainly because the series has branched out into so many different racers.
It might be very interesting for you to know (if you didn't already) that a large part of the team behind Project CARS was also responsible for the Need for Speed Shift series, but this time they wanted to make the ULTIMATE racing simulation and if you see what they've done with it up till now, you might agree that they are very close to achieving just that.
I have the entire Forza series and from what I've seen, Project CARS tops that not only in graphics, but also on handling, options and so on.
I think having the brand licenses that EA has for all the cars, will make a lot of people mistakenly think or feel that this is a sim.
Cops and robbers is hardly a sim, though. It's just an arcade racer...


Not entirely correct: Burnout Paradise was the only open world racer Criterion made.
All previous Burnout games had a different game structure, so it's not a 1 on 1 comparison.
I personally think that their older games are better and have a better flow, but that's only natural because an open world racer automatically means that you have to first drive somewhere to be able to participate in a race, as opposed to just selecting an event from a menu and exactly that part of open world racers (as in Burnout Paradise) may be boring to some people.
I don't know if Most Wanted will be exactly the same, though.
To me it looks like they will be using a similar structure as in the remake of NFS Hot Pursuit, but we'll find out soon enough...



antdickens said:

Being a huge fan of Burnout and Criterion I'll be really interested to see how this one turns out, I'll be getting the 360 version next week so probably won't buy this for Wii U - unless we do a comparison piece.

Great news though, if Nintendo can get support (and same launch day) for big titles like this next year, instead of sloppy ports from alternative development studios it'll be good for the system.



MrWalkieTalkie said:

Meh. Not a fan of realistic racing games. I'm more of a Mario Kart/Sonic & All-Stars Racing sort of guy.



Spoony_Tech said:

@TheRealThanos I never thought it was a real simulator. I just said its as close as Nintendo has ever got.

Thanks for the links on the game though. It does look really good and it will be the best simulation driving game on a Nintendo system once its release by default. I will keep my eye on it for sure and when I get a Wii U down the road it will more then likely be my first purchase. I missed out on Gran Turismo 5 because my ps3 crapped out just before release so I'm excited for this now!



TheRealThanos said:

Ah.. I stand corrected. I Was a bit too quick with my response there.
Good to know that something good has come of it anyways, because now you know about Project CARS...



Gen0neD said:

Crap, I just paid for it on 360. And really, the wait has been killing me. 2013 or next week? Ugh...



sinalefa said:

"Of course, that brief statement doesn't indicate whether we can expect the port in Q1 of 2013, or whether it'll be released after the Spring."

Well, from what I read, it does not say anywhere when in 2013 it will be released. Bummer.

That Project Cars looks interesting. Since both Forza and Gran Turismo are exclusives, then Nintendo can really use one of their own. Thanks, TheRealThanos for sharing.



WarioPower said:

Same with me! I wish that someone would make a serious racing simulation on the wii u with real cars and car parts..



TheRealThanos said:

You're welcome. It's multi-platform, being developed on the PC.
If you have a decent PC that is powerful enough, you can download the beta from their site and try it out.
There's an enormous community (as you will be able to see on the site) and they'll take all input about car models, handling and bugs seriously, so you yourself can add to the final game by playtesting and sharing your experience.
Here's another interesting link with an interview with one of the creators, who talks about all the things that are in the game and what more may be expected:

Maybe Project CARS is something for you too.
You may want to check the links I posted in my earlier comment to see if you do.



JavierYHL said:

wii u is getting all the big games late...i think its better to have original titles than all these...



luminalace said:

Really looking forward tothis. Haven't been excited for a Need For Speeg game in ages but with Criterion behind the wheel, I expect this game to be great.

As for Cross platform online play...I think it's a cert that Wii U will get it too but if the game takes too long to come out we may have lost many players or worse be severely disadvantaged by people who have had the game for months!



WaxxyOne said:

If they include any kind of shenanigans like multiplayer as DLC, they can count me out as a customer.

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