Published on January 17th, 2013 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor

Need for Speed Most Wanted Slated for Wii U Spring Release


If there ever was a game that changed the way I looked at racing titles, it had to be Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. The original geared us up to outsmart the fuzz and now EA and Criterion are looking to bring its latest rendition to the Nintendo Wii U. The smoking tires heat up on the console Mar. 19 in North America and Mar. 21 in Europe.

You might be wondering how the Wii U is going to play a role in offering a different experience than that of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. You might also be wondering how the developers plan to incorporate the GamePad. If you weren’t, I sure was.

The GamePad seems like it will be utilized with co-op and single player modes. The other player involved can use the Controller Pro or Wii Remote to steer your car. The player with the GamePad will have an interactive map and will assist with navigation. Other “controls” are something they can modify as well. This means that the players with the GamePad can increase/decrease traffic, distract the boys in blue, or simply make your car perform better.

To bring the title up to date, the Wii U launch brings with it the Ultimate Speed Pack. The content pack includes the following cars:


  • McLaren’s F1 LM
  • Lamborghini’s Aventador J
  • Pagani Zonda R
  • Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
  • Hennessey’s Venom GT Spyder.

Much like other games that use the unique Wii U function, using a controller with a touch interface gives players the option to make moves on the fly. The same goes for Need for Speed Most Wanted. Car kits and mods can be changed out by touch, and general car selections can also be done here. The game hosts a feature seen in most Wii U titles, which is having it fully playable from the bottom screen alone. This might seem like a minor detail, but having the family console in the family room can easily turn it into a battleground for the TV.

It’s great to see more third party developers bringing their AAA titles to the Wii U. Even if they are simple ports of the game, it’s still great to enjoy these big name titles on the console. Also, the adaptation of the GamePad, Pro Controller and Wii Remote offer varied playstyles, which is something the other consoles can’t compete with.

Need for Speed Most Wanted peels out on the Wii U in North America for $59.99 and Europe for €69.99.



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I am Greg, aka LaWiiG. Thanks for coming to take a look around! Retro is the way to go! Do yourself a favor and show love by playing retro games.

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