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Need For Speed: Most Wanted Wii U UK release date confirmed

See the new GamePad mode

EA has confirmed the Need For Speed: Most Wanted Wii U UK release date. The Criterion-developed racer will be released for Nintendo's console on 21 March, boasting new exclusive modes.

As you might expect, you can play Need For Speed: Most Wanted on the GamePad touchscreen but there's also a co-op mode called Co-Driver which enables one player to mess around with an interactive map, providing control and navigation assistance for the player who is driving using a Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller or, as you can see below, the Wii Wheel.

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This means the player with the GamePad can distract pursuing cops, switch from night to day, activate enhanced performance for any car and even control the amount of traffic on the road. It sounds like a similar concept to FIFA 13's Manager Mode.

Players can also change their mods, switch into their favourite cars, track milestones and uncover the city's hidden secrets as they're driving on the Wii U touch screen, ensuring nothing ever slows them down.

In other news, Need for Speed: Most Wanted Wii U also includes the Ultimate Speed Pack DLC meaning players can race some of the fastest cars ever made, including McLaren's F1 LM, Lamborghini's the Aventador J, the Pagani Zonda R, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and Hennessey's Venom GT Spyder which can travel at speeds of up to 275 mph.

Kart racers aside, there probably hasn't been a good driving game on a Nintendo console since Burnout 2 which was also developed by Criterion. Are you going to buy Need For Speed: Most Wanted on Wii U?


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  1. danbish Friday 18th Jan 2013 at 10:38

    Sounds very interesting, looking forward to it as I don't yet have it on another format! Very pleased to hear Criterion are working to the WiiU's capabilities and not just giving a straightforward port. Shows what can be done when developers actually care about the hardware they're working on, now if only all done this...

  2. tohaker Friday 18th Jan 2013 at 12:15

    When I saw this at E3 last year, I thought "This is what the Wii U Gamepad is MADE for!". If it is not clear by now, I really want this game and will be putting in a preorder in 3...2...1... Now!

  3. imbusydoctorwho Friday 18th Jan 2013 at 14:33

    I wouldn't mind picking this up,probably will when the price falls.

  4. debris Friday 18th Jan 2013 at 14:59

    This use of the Game pad and Wii remote would work very well for a Rally game with one acting as a co driver giving the driver the degrees of the bends etc for the stage they are on. Most Wanted looks like a fun game and looks great on the Wii U, lets hope the frame rate is up to scratch!, might pick this up.

  5. dave666 Friday 18th Jan 2013 at 15:25

    I haven't brought a NFS game since nitro on the wii

    I use to love the NFS games but in my opinion they kinda lost their way after carbon. But I'm willing to give this one a chance because it looks pretty decent not to mention the wii u features.

  6. TheSlenderman Friday 18th Jan 2013 at 16:13

    The game pad options look interesting, but you need another person there to take advantage of them. This is not too difficult, but driving the cars is going to be inevitably more exciting, so said other person is going to be fighting you for your controller.

  7. Xenobladeperson Friday 18th Jan 2013 at 17:25

    Got the Ps3 version and only played it for an hour, but I wouldn't say it's anything to be too excited about. But I've only played it for an hour, so it could get better further in.

  8. olrodlegacy Sunday 20th Jan 2013 at 16:11

    I'm on the lookout for a good racing game, I think that's the one genre WiiU has lacked so far.

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