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

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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