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Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver Hurtling Towards Wii U and 3DS

Posted by Andy Green

North American retailers jump the gun

Racing titles on Wii U are a little bit like buses - you wait ages for one and then two show up. First keen games announces TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition will be coming to the Wii U eShop next month, then a couple of North American retailers confirm Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver is on the way.

The latter is being developed by Firebrand Games of NASCAR Unleashed, Need for Speed: The Run, Trackmania and Fast & Furious: Showdown fame and this Hot Wheels iteration sees you join the ranks of an elite group of drivers competing for the coveted title of "World's Best Driver".

According to GameStop and EB Games, drivers are split into four teams, each one with their own disciplines. There's the Super Fast team in green, Outrageous in red, High-Tech in blue and Powerful in Yellow and in order to be named planet earth's best driver you'll need to master them all. Once you pick a colour you'll jump behind the wheel to compete in over 70 events in four Hot Wheels Test Facilities located around the world.

The game will feature 24 customisable vehicles, including some classic Hot Wheels designs like the Ripper, the Twin Mill, the Boneshaker and the special edition Hot Wheels Camaro.

3DS race fans will be pleased too as Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver looks to be coming to the handheld as well.

GameStop and EB Games have both versions down for a 17th September release, though of course that's subject to change. Warner Bros. Interactive is handling publishing duties.

Are you hoping to become the world's best driver? Let us know your thoughts on this one in the comment section below.

[via gamestop.com, nintendoeverything.com]

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User Comments (16)

Grubdog

#1

Grubdog said:

Hot Wheels Track Attack on Wii was pretty damn good, and extremely fast when you got the F1 racer. One of Firebrands best games along with Trackmania Wii.

rjejr

#2

rjejr said:

All the racing games are probably happy to be coming out now before MK8 releases next year. I wouldn't be surprised if there are even more.

unrandomsam

#4

unrandomsam said:

@rjejr Dunno why Mario Kart still sells so well. I expect I will like All-Stars Racing Transformed better than the new one its far closer to what I want than any recent Mario Kart. (Not really massively liked it since the SNES version).

Quite liked the N64 one in 4 player (As I was living with people where it was practical to play it).

I prefer the Dreamcast - Wacky Races to Mario Kart 64 though.

I liked FZero GX.

I think the new one will be the worst DLC cashgrab we have yet had from Nintendo. (The only course I want is Rainbow Road).

rjejr

#5

rjejr said:

@unrandomsam - "Dunno why Mario Kart still sells so well. "

B/c Nintendo doesn't have Gran Turismo or Forza?

Seriously though, I like Mario Kart Wii better than pretty much any other racing game I've played. Of course I don't really like racing games at all - Motorstorm was fun in small doses - only kart games, but I still like MK better than Mod Nation Racers or F1 All-Stars (no drift mechanic) or LBP Karting or even Sonic and Sega (Transformed was a really nice change though). MK sells b/c if you own an N64, Gamecube, Wii, or Wii U you are going to own MK b/c almost all of their other games are 1 player - Mario, Zelda, Metroid - so you might as well own MK. And it is really fun multiplayer, and the single player campaign is broken out nicely into 4 race cups w/ varying difficulty levels. It's a nice package and Nintendo systems offer very little choice. Have you tried Madagascar Kartz on the Wii? ***shiver*** I still have the green wheel, but not the game.

DefHalan

#6

DefHalan said:

These types of games seem perfect for eShop titles. I do wonder if it came exclusive to eShop for something like $20 how would it do

AceSpadeS

#7

AceSpadeS said:

"The latter is being developed by Firebrand Games of NASCAR Unleashed, Need for Speed: The Run, Trackmania and Fast & Furious: Showdown fame" Well... There goes my hope.

Azikira

#11

Azikira said:

With a pedigree like that, I doubt I would spend more then a couple bucks on it, let alone full retail.

banacheck

#12

banacheck said:

I'm looking forwards to seeing what the crew is like, it looks quite interesting an MMO style racing. Blur was good, not really into Gran Turismo to serious for me. I might check out Hot Wheels but depends, this isn't a full rental game is it?

Subie98

#14

Subie98 said:

@unrandomsam ive enjoyed every mario kart they have made for home consoles. Never owned a handheld that had mario kart available. I dont find any of them to have been a quick cash grab. I feel this will be just as great and worth the buy as the rest. .02

element187

#15

element187 said:

@unrandomsam have we found a cash grab with any of Nintendo's DLC offerings? I have found they are the only ones that do it right. NSLU dlc was jaw dropping amazing. Its basically a full game for 1/4th the price of NSMBU.

Can we even name a single publisher that gives out practically an entire game as dlc?

Fire Emblem/NSMB2 DLC isn't required to play through the campaign, they are just fun/optional maps to enjoy seperately, as dlc should be.

A dlc cash grab is creating an incomplete game intentionally and putting the incomplete parts out as dlc zero day... we see this with pretty much everything from EA and Activision.

FordGuy

#16

FordGuy said:

Yessssss! I'm getting this ASAP!
I'm an avid Hot Wheels collector, so this will be on my list of fall games along with X & Y.

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