Wii U owners rejoice! EA and Criterion’s hit racer Need for Speed Most Wanted has officially released on the Nintendo Wii U.
While it is a port of the 2012 release, the developers at Criterion wanted to bring a handful of new features that make the most of the Wii U’s Gamepad and make it a unique experience to Nintendo’s new console.
The most notable of the new features on the Gamepad will include a local co-op mode called Co-Driver, which allows one player to use a Wii Remote to drive while the other person uses the Wii U Gamepad to provide navigtion assistance and control on an interactive real-time map. Use of the real time map will allow players to change from night to day, distract pursuing cops, or even control the amount of traffic on a road. It will also allow players to play the game entirely off-screen using only the functionality of the Wii U Gamepad, allowing players to take the game away from the TV.
Need for Speed Most Wanted U also gives players the Ultimate Speed Pack expansion, allowing players to “take to the streets with five of the most absurdly fast cars ever made: McLaren’s F1 LM, Lamborghini’s minimalist artwork, the Aventador J, the track-focused Pagani Zonda R, Bugatti’s reigning world speed champion, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and Hennessey’s savage 275 mile-an-hour ragtop beast, the Venom GT Spyder.”
For those looking to compete with friends, Need for Speed Most Wanted U will have a statistics ranking system that will track a number of features including best race times and high scores. Gamers also have the chance to engage in a more traditional multiplayer when they “pick a car, meet up with their friends and are immersed in a non-stop playlist of action-packed events. Whether it’s competing for the best starting position, the ultimate jump, or finishing first place, if there’s something to do, there’s someone to beat. Any Speed Points earned on Wii U will add to your existing total if you are playing the game on any of the other available platforms through CloudCompete.”
Need for Speed Most Wanted U is available now for $59.99 in North America and will be available in Europe on March 21st.