Need for Speed: Most Wanted Revs Up on Wii U, New Features Riding Shotgun

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Hey look, another big third-party game coming to Wii U months after appearing on the other consoles. Can someone please tell me again why I’m supposed to be excited about buying into this new console?

OK, sorry about the snarkiness. I kid because I love…

In all seriousness, it’s always a good thing any time a good game spreads onto as many platforms and reaches as wide of an audience as possible, so this week’s announcement from EA that Criterion’s 2012 holiday season open-world racing hit Need for Speed: Most Wanted is bound for Wii U glory deserves a welcoming embrace from owners of Nintendo’s latest gaming machine.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted will be “enhanced” for Wii U to boot, featuring a new Co-Driver local co-op mode in which one player drives the car using a Wii Remote or Wii U Pro Controller while a second player taps away on the Wii U GamePad to provide real-time map navigation assistance, control traffic flow, change the time of day, distract cops and activate performance boosters.

The Wii U GamePad will also be utilized for off-screen gaming as well as intuitive touch-screen interaction for things like equipping mods, changing vehicles and tracking stats and secrets.

The perks don’t stop there either. Out of the box, the Wii U edition will include the Ultimate Speed Pack, a content bonus containing five additional cars, including McLaren’s F1 LM, Lamborghini’s Aventador J, the Pagani Zonda R, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and Hennessey’s Venom GT Spyder.

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Another cool touch for existing Need for Speed: Most Wanted players is how earned Speed Points on Wii U will be shared with a player’s profile from another console. Of course, I’m not sure why any one would want to buy the same game again just to play on another console, but maybe that’s just me.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is due to cross the North American retail finish line on March 19th. Wii U owners, start your engines.

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