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Need For Speed: Most Wanted Screeching On North American Wii U Consoles March 19th

Posted by Damien McFerran

Update: New Wii U exclusive features detailed

EA's popular racing title Need For Speed: Most Wanted will be hitting the Wii U in North America on March 19th. This is just a short while after the Japanese launch, which is due to occur on the 14th of the same month.

The game was originally launched on PS3 and 360 last year, and met with a positive reception from critics and consumers alike. It's coded by UK studio Criterion, famous for the Burnout series of racers.

Will you be pulling on your racing leathers for this speed-fest, or have you already played it to death on one of the Wii U's rivals? Let us know by leaving a comment.

UPDATE: Eurogamer has some additional details relating to the Wii U version of the game, which is being dubbed "Enhanced" by EA:

The Wii U version of the Criterion-developed racer, which EA calls an "Enhanced Version", includes new co-op features that allow players to team up with friends. The new local co-op mode, called Co-Driver, lets one player drive using a Wii Remote or the Wii U Pro Controller and another use the Wii U GamePad to provide control and navigation assistance on an interactive real-time map.

"Using just their fingertips, a partner can distract pursuing cops, switch from night to day or activate enhanced performance for any car and even control the amount of traffic on the road," EA explained. "This is the ultimate advantage for gamers who like to stir up trouble for the cops, their friends or just for fun."

Additionally, you can use the touch-screen to change mods and switch into cars without having to pause the action.

And, as we suspected, you can play the entire game off-screen using the GamePad.

The Wii U version includes the Ultimate Speed Pack, which includes the McLaren's F1 LM, the Aventador J, the Pagani Zonda R, Bugatti's Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and Hennessey's Venom GT Spyder.


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User Comments (15)



cornishlee said:

Not my kind of game but the launch range now seems to cover most gaming tastes, which is nice.



Jaz007 said:

Depends on pricing and what the Wii U version offers. If its $60 and the gamepad doesn't add much than I will get for PS3 because of cross play.



Scollurio said:

Ha going head to head with monster Hunter... GOOD LUCK. Btw I've been playing this on XBOX360 when it came out. I sold it as quickly as I got it. Because compared to the original Most Wanted that was a launch title for 360, its purely lackluster. Gone are the "breaking points" where you could drop stuff on the cops chasing you, the cop artificial ai also sucks since they are no longer line of sight, like they were in the original Most Wanted, but rather they have an "attention circle" and as long as you stay within it, you cannot escape, even though you're hiding on the second floor of a parking facility in the darkest corner and the cops didn't even enter the building themselves. You cannot escape. Sure you get all those flashy takedowns and licensed cars and you feel the influence of criterion, BUT you have only limited amount of upgrading, there is NO visual upgrading whatsoever, no spoilers, rims or other bodyparts. You can just change the color of your car by driving through certain paint-garages. Thats it. Still the game looks awesome and the sound is perfect, music selection is also nice but every car feels really similar, gone are the days where your Mazda RX8 would drive completely different than your heavyweight Mustang with custom paint job. All in all this is nothing for simulation fans and even for action-racer-casual fans this MIGHT be a bit too shallow. Again, it looks good though but lets wait and see if EA messes up the framerate on Wii U or not...



Banker-Style said:

I wouldn't mind it,but I might actually wait till November for the next yearly installment of Need for Speed(it does have yearly installments does it?)



AmishThunder said:

Why would EA launch this the same day as Monster Hunter Tri? It's like they're trying to sabotage they're own games on the Wii U so they can blame Nintendo. Is EA really that upset over the Origin/Nintendo Network stuff??



Shiryu said:

But where is the European releaseeeeee? Oh well, day one for me, I love this new "Burnout Paradise" sequel.



Shanksta said:

Was interested in getting this anyway, but that coop modes sounds different. It might be fun to mess around in at least. March 19th is going to be an expensive day.



supermariolinux said:

Havent't got a Need for Speed game since Carbon. Do plan on getting this, held off the PS3 version just to play it on Wii U.



Shining-Void said:

the aventador J!!! The thing is amazing, but I might skip out on this one. Project Cars is getting my money in the spring.



brandonbwii said:

I love to be positive about this sorta game, yet I'm waiting to hear what features are missing. If I hear this is the definitive version, complete with future DLC. I'll have to get this.

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