Oct 27th, 2012

After many months of rumor, EA has confirmed that the upcoming racing game Need For Speed Most Wanted will be coming to the Wii U in 2013. The game is scheduled for release on the PS3, Xbox 360, and other platforms next week, while Wii U gamers will have to wait a few more months before getting their hands on the arcade racer.

Need For Speed Most Wanted is a sandbox style racing game where players cruise in a large city and look for races. It’s developed by Criterion Games, known for the Burnout series. Need For Speed Most Wanted has a lot in common with Burnout, mainly its sandbox style racing, the addition of cops to the races, and a focus on arcade style racing and events.

No further information about the game or Wii U specific features were revealed.

Need For Speed Most Wanted Wii U

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  • WeeYooo WeeeYoooo


    • Master Awesomeness



        lad u should call urself MASTER OF AWESOMENESS!!!

        • Master of Awesomeness

          Is this better?
          Sorry, I’ll ask again.

      • lakersfan

        Too bad the game comes out AFTER Christmas. :^(

  • Keath

    well arent we lucky. looks sexy

  • wiiuland

    yay awesome another game worth getting after black ops 2

    • Wils81

      You’re gonna get hated on for saying BO2 is worth getting.
      Buuut… BO2 looks very refreshing and balanced. I too, want BO2.

    • CoD Hater

      BOO!!! CoD SUCKS!!!

      • Wils81

        Only good CoDs: Cod 1, 2, 3 (debatable) , 4: Modern Warfare, Black Ops (debatable, not a lot of bs in that game, it’s decent at the most)

        Broken CoDs: MW2 (this is debatable since MW2 is evolutionary, broken perks [such as Commando, One Man Army, Danger Close, Last Stand] , noob tube, boosters, hackers, etc) , MW3 (unbalanced guns, terrible starting maps, deathstreaks, Support Package, bad DLC [at the start at least], little to no customization, very little change from MW2 to MW3)

        Revolutionary CoDs (from CoD 4: Modern Warfare): CoD 4, MW2

        Evolutionary CoDs: Black Ops, MW3

        There, I just saved your time from searching this for yourself without encountering any sort of bias or fanboys.

        • Kyron

          Every single piece of information you just provided is debatable.

          • Nintenlord

            Yea how dare him forget about world at war?

        • Keath

          im just happy their trying something somewhat different than any other cod. whether its good or not guess we wait and see.

        • Adam Fox

          only good Call of Duty’s: …..*cricket chirps*….

          Bad Call of Duty’s: ALL of ’em

          • Chris01

            Even CoDs 1 – 4? Okaay…

        • nice

          freak. getalife!

          • LolWatTurtles

            I would say the first Black Ops is the worst COD so far. I mean, I sold it 3 months after it came out. I only kept it a little LONGER than that just for the zombies (The zombies was the only great thing in it.) I think the best ones are: COD4, COD5(World at War), and i’ll say MW2 since I just loved that one.

        • mama pachter

          Why the hate for COD same game you all say yet you all buy mario zelda and metroid over and over again i wont even go on to pokemon nintendo makes the same games for decades when was the last time they made a new good game?

          • TMorg!

            For real? A COD debate on a Need For Speed page? :/ Also, @ Mama Pachter: Have you played Super Mario 3D Land? New Super Mario Bros. DS, Wii OR 2? Super Mario Galaxy 1 OR 2? Yes, Galaxy 1 and 2 are SUPPOSED to be similar because 2 is a sequal of 1. Yes, the New SMBs are similar because they are the same TYPE of game. But, they are ALL different from each other. Your argument is basically that they all have Mario in them….should they not? :/

          • TheTruth

            Too damn true

          • Bicentennial_Pidgeon

            Because those games are FUN, and not just blood filled killfests.

            And for Zelda, its almost ALWAYS different.

            Zelda 1: the first
            2: only side scroller
            LttP: Improved on everything from 1, introduced Master Sword& triforce wish
            OoT: first 3d
            MM: completely different world, fresh story
            WW: Cel-shaded graphics, sailing
            TP: darker artstyle, clawshots, twilight realm
            SS: Wii motion + controls, impressionist art style, best dungeons IMO, deepest story, introduces stamina

            Your argument is invalid.

          • Vigo the Carpathian

            Wii Sports is new and good πŸ™‚

            Nintendo fans don’t all hate CoD just because they haven’t had an on par version since the GC. I think CoD4 on wii was better than any other console version based purely on excellent pointer controls. It also sold close to a million which isn’t too bad for a 3rd party game on wii!

            I do think the CoD hatred might be jealousy because we have ridiculously long waits for our Zelda and Mario fix and we would happily buy quasi-sequels between each one but rarely seem to get them. Let’s face it, we’d all buy HD remakes of every single Zelda game up to Ocarina, every track from Mario Kart’s history and an HD Mario All Stars if Nintendo would let us.

            I’m getting Black Ops 2 and I am going to pwn all the fools who try to use the classic pro over the wiimote!!

          • eli

            they always change something that makes it worth playing….. except mario that usually gets they same thing over and over again just different levels but with the exception to paper mario and super mario 64 they changed that one allot(wasn’t a really good thing though)

        • Nko Sekirei

          mw3 is completely garbage and broken and has way too many hackers as well

  • Nintedward .

    I hope they don’t sacrifice content and then add in content.. I wan’t all the content of the ps3 and 360 version and exclusive content considering it’s late and slightly enhanced visuals.

    EA-”We had to leave out the Awesome race mode , because the wiiu disc is over three times as big as a 360 disc , so we thought we would sacrifice one feature and add another” = stop being butthurt xbots and start developing properly for the wiiu.
    Not to mention this could be 3-4 months late….

    • ssb4 3dsFC3007 8585 6950

      exactly! XBOX IS 10 years old by NOW! why is it STILL GETTING all the “good stuff” THE WII U IS A 8TH gen! MAke the game so that it maximizes potential for wii U

      • Nintedward .

        Pretty sure the wiiu can have better looking games than the 360 with more content and Dual screen support. Infact Im 100% positive on that.

        Yet EA’s butt stings so much , that they keep messing around like A holes.
        Seriously EA- Make proper games for the wiiu or you’re going to damage the sales on that platform for yourself.

        • ssb4 3dsFC3007 8585 6950

          lol EA can be great and they can be dissapointing.

      • Wils81

        You might as well capitalize every word in your comment there. ^_^

      • VectorAKA

        The 360 came out the year b4 the Wii and PS3 in November ….so not quite. EA is money hungry and Microsoft is more than willing to pay for exclusive content and earlier releases…which is why EA favors them so much.

        The last Need for Speed I played was on my GameCube…the only thing I liked about it was the customizations of your car and the soundtrack….I’ll wait for this one to drop in price.

      • nice

        no, wii u isnΒ΄t 8th gen. itΒ΄s 7th.

        • LolWatTurtles

          The Wii was the 7th gen system from Nintendo. Wii U is the next-gen 8th gen system, the first one. Expect the Xbox720/Nextbox right after in 2013, where as the PS4 will be out in 2013 or 2014 at latest.

        • Kirbymon123

          NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, wait what am I missing

          • the urge

            Atari was first gen.

          • Dan7el(Wii U Day One Purchase

            The Virtual Boy… Just Kidding 8)

        • Nko Sekirei

          idiot wii u is next gen not current gen get ur facts straight troll


        yea i just dont understand it,the dev have all these problem’s and i dont know why.

        i bet if the ps4 was comming out it wouldn’t have any feature’s missing for it.
        i think some of the people at nintendo are to blame for it,because they are allowing dev’s to create half ass’d game’s for us to play.


      • eli

        didnt they have diffrent models

    • Master Awesomeness


    • mama pachter

      Hey ward why do you say butt hurt all the time? did you have some jimmy savile super fun bath times!!

  • Robert

    NICE!!!!….Now please announce RE6 for Wii U!!

    • argentina fanboy

      god please no that game is junk lol at the un playable cam and res evil 4 graphics and the shenmu QTE no thanks

      • MetroidFAN

        Agreed, I don’t like Re6 to be honest, it is not as good as Re4…

        • XxTwinRova

          obviously you guys aren’t true fans of the series and are biased towards the rest of the series

          • mama pachter

            Obviously you have no idea what your talking about

        • Wils81

          Here’s my opinion on RE6:
          It’s good, definitely better than RE5.
          Is it as good as the first four RE titles? No.
          The reason is because the level design is not quite as good, and there’s still a bit of action horror RE do not want, but we want survival horror.
          The plus side is that the graphics, sound, story were top notch. If you want full on survival horror, play with Leon.

  • I was frozen today !

    who gives two shits it’s the poor mans burnout since ea baught criterion its been crap.

    • Wils81

      Most Wanted sounds great so far… there’s no customization from what I’ve heard.
      Don’t worry, Criterion will get their shit together when they make another Burnout game. πŸ˜‰

  • Nintendofreak

    So dis remake or is it most wanted 2?

    • Lazyboy88

      Maybe it’s Most Wanted U xD

      • TheTruth

        More like “U MOST WANTED”
        *asian accent*

    • Kahhhhyle

      I think it’s a reboot like hot pursuit

    • #SWAG Secretly We Are Gamers

      EA is doing what they did with hot pursuit just brining back a game gamers enjoy and make them better hope they do Underground because
      Underground 2 was my favorite game of all time

      • Kahhhhyle

        Dude I would be so happy if they brought underground back. Underground 1 was one of my favorite games ever

  • Armani

    Glad is coming to Wii U!! I was hoping it’ll be on it. I was getting all sad because I sold my Xbox and I won’t be able to play this game ;( but now I’m back to happy mode! Knowing it will be release early next year!! πŸ˜€

    • Nintendo is da best

      Sold your xbox? …YES!!! my friends all called me crazy when i sold mine.

      • eli

        if i had one i’d sell mine

      • Armani

        Your not crazy man, friends are just jealous Nintendo is finally making a come back with great 3rd party games! Sold my MW3 Cbox edition, and now I’m off to buy the Wii U πŸ˜€

      • Dan7el(Wii U Day One Purchase

        I sold my ps3 to put towards my WII U. It was a great system but now that I know that Wii U will proper third party support(although I still wonder about capcom) I won’t need it anymore. Although I did want to play that Ico/Shadow of Colussus collection. But still…WII U

    • Kahhhhyle

      Still missing out on halo though

  • DarkNite

    Holy shit. This is going to be great. I have my basic wii u reserved, FIFA 13, assassins creed 3, black ops 2, zombiu, and sky landers giants also preordered, I guess ima have to add this to my list. Hopefully it comes out next month on the 18. Can’t fucken wait! A little over 20 days left!!we can all play online on day 1!! My fucking god! I can’t stand this pain!!

    • icanseeu

      Buy a PS3, it’ll be cheaper and all the games you’ve mentioned (except ZombieU) are available earlier and cheaper then the WiiU versions!

      • TheUNation

        Buy a Wii U. It’s better looking and affordable. Not to mention the fact it has asymmetric gameplay, 8 times the memory of PS3, and GPGPU.

        • eli

          not to mention it’s nintendofied

      • Mac

        fifa 13, AC3, Black ops 2, and skylanders giants are all 60 on the ps3 as well…..

        • TheTruth

          Fifa on the PS3 didn’t have some of their modes taken off like the Wii U has, AC3 for the PS3 has exclusive content, Black Ops 2 on the Ps3 has CoD elite…

          • TheUNation

            You can’t handle the truth, TheTruth! Why the hell are you here at Wii U Daily since you’re a butt hurt Sony d*ck rider?

        • icanseeu

          Really? Because I bought Fifa for Β£40! Im really enjoying the Ultimate team mode…….

      • Derp

        PS3 is $299.99, Wii U is $299.99. Just pointing that out.

        Oh yes, PC has cheap and better games, get it.
        *Troll Face*

        Seriously though, the Wii U has technology that is several generations (by generations I mean in PC generations; that is 2-3 years) ahead of the PS3. Also I’m not spending money on a console that will probably go out after The Last of Us, especially since it costs the same as a brand new one.

        Sorry bud, but it is consumer logic. Consumers typically choose the product that surpasses, not the small group of fanboys of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo (nor the Sega fanboys, Atari fanboys, and not even them-others-that-didn’t-quite-make-it fanboys).

        • TheTruth

          Actually the PS3 is $250 – $270

          • TheUNation

            The PS3 is easier to hack and steal your credit card data.

      • FireRed (icanseeu2)

        my reaction to your comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OSX79BG19c

      • Nintendude

        YA GOOD IDEA!!!!

      • Kahhhhyle

        Can I just ask you what made you wanna come on this site and say that? And why would you tell anybody to buy soon to be outdated hardware anyway

        • Nko Sekirei

          cause hes on crack and crack messes trolls minds up

      • Nko Sekirei

        wat ur saying it stupid ps3 is outdated now with the wii u being more powerful then it and 360 too

  • SteampunkJedi (3DS FC: 5284-2360-9145)

    This game looks gorgeous, but I imagine that’s a PC screenshot. It’ll still look awesome on the Wii U. πŸ˜€ On another note, the only racing game I’ve ever been good at is Mariokart. I might pick this up though.

  • Captain Potato

    I can see it now…

    EA coming up with excuses on how they can’t get the game to run at 60 frames/second because of how “slow” of a processor the Wii U has, instead of admitting to everyone that they have grown lazy and stupid in their wealth!

  • smallNdeadly

    Looks good but gonna get project cars instead. Will rent though

  • Sobari

    Now we just need Skyrim and GTAV and I’ll be ready to make the Wii U my primary game console.

    • Roedburn

      I agree with Skyrim but couldn’t care less about GTA.

  • Major Beauner

    This is EA, people. Expect them to do the bare minimum.

  • argentina fanboy

    need 4 speed is only played by ps3 CHAVS who the hell plays theis yearly crap

  • Dan

    Yey,, xbox looks laggy!! Ill wait for this πŸ™‚

  • Nitedward

    Yeah!!! Fudge yeah! I like it alot!!! Thumbs Up!!

    • Nintedward .

      LoL .

  • XDLugia

    Oh… I completely forgot about this game.
    In terms of racing, Forza Horizon has been the game for me, and it has yet to disappoint me!
    Highly recommended.

  • Nintendo Power (Wii U FTW)

    Cool. Now I need a Wii U Steering Wheel BTW I use to be Nintendo Power (Chuck Norris)

    • #SWAG Secretly We Are Gamers

      if EA isnt lazy enough they jus “MIGHT”(Dont Get Ecited It’s EA After All) Use The Game Pad As A Steering Wheel For An Optional Feature Since It Does Have A Gyroscope Feature

  • got my pre order

    does it support my logitech g25 racing wheel?

  • Yodin

    One word “SWEET” cannot wait for this one and i was gonna buy it for my PS3 πŸ™‚

  • GANO

    I really dislike the term “sandbox game” as I am a dev and it means something completely different when developing.
    I can understand its use to describe an open world game like “Little Big Planet” but since developers are the ones creating these games it can lead to a bit of confusion like having 2 Steve’s in a room and trying to address one of them:)

  • MEH

    what is this console the Port U

    • Mac

      its called coming out with a console a year or 2 before everyone else……….

    • DarkNite

      What’s the ps3 or 360? At least Nintendo has many successful first party and come out with original ideas. Not like ps3 and 360 that copy everything. Psvita..lol.. Smart glass..lol.. Play station all stars.. Even bigger lol. Epic fail Sony and Microsoft. Epic fail

    • ZeroCool

      Haha!!! the Port U.

      • Nko Sekirei

        gtfo troll u guys are more annoying then patcher

    • Kahhhhyle

      To some extent I agree with you. It’s kinda pointless to get Batman, mass effect, darksiders, ect months after release. But this is a new game, that hasn’t released yet and Nintendo needs the multiplat games… But we need them in time lol . But this one is EA’s fault for releasing months afterwords


        i would love the wii u ports.


        because it gives the chance for devilopers (sorry for the spelling :/) to improve their games and make them better:)

      • Bristev Quicor

        I don’t think getting Darksiders 2 for Wii U would be pointless. Mass Effect 3 & Batman: Arkham City is another story, this games have been out for 1 year already, and many gamers that are getting Wii U have already played them by this time…..but there are other gamers (just like me ^_^’) that haven’t even played Arkham Assylum or ME1!! XD so getting ME3 and Arkham City for Wii U is a good chance to play them both and with little extras included πŸ˜€ not to mention that D2 is getting all DLCs included on the Wii U edition.

    • #SWAG Secretly We Are Gamers

      Nah Bro But Thats What EA Thinks It Is But Over At Ubisoft They Think Its The God U

  • Gamer

    Need For Speed Most Wanted coming to the Wii U. I am happy they are holding it back until 2013, Like Ninja Gaiden, whatever shall be missing in the Xbox, PS3 and PC shall most definitely be improved on the Wii U version. All DLC free.

  • Mac

    so how will this game play since the wii u gamepad dont have analogue triggers?

    • XDLugia


      I’m kidding, but seriously sensetive triggers are absolutely necessary for the 8th gen of gaming (especially if you want to capture the “hardcore” fanbase”).

    • TheImaj

      You’ll see.

    • Dan

      Lol,, really? Its nit like forza or F1,, its full gas or brake!!!

    • Kahhhhyle

      Prolly the same way the ps3 does since there’s no analogue triggers on the dual shock either

      • Mac

        i thought the L2 and R2 were analogue triggers

        • icanseeu

          All the buttons on the dual shock except the start and select buttons are analogue


    Awesome, last game I played for NFS was actually Most Wanted 1, since this console is more powerful shouldn’t customization be added too? *Hint Hint*
    But if not, oh well still gonna be an awesome game along with Assassins Creed 3 and ZombiU

  • Derp

    I’m thinking it is simply going to be a straight 720p port over; the games that were originally built on the Xbox 360 tend to be straight ports.

    But then again, I could be wrong, and EA might decide to spend those extra months optimizing the game for 1080p. We will see.

  • WiiUhyper

    Cool, now just if there was a video of gameplay πŸ˜€

  • TheRedard

    I wish I could write articles!

    After reading “Examiner” I realzied to be a writer you dont have to have much tallent, or knowledge on the subject your reporting about.

    Then I read Wii U Daily articles, and I’m happy that someone at least has some knowledge on what they’re talking about.

    Cant wait for this game!

  • MetroidFAN

    Guess I’ll be buying this for the Wii U instead πŸ˜€ though, I would love to see GTA V on the Wii U and than my life will be complete!

    • XDLugia

      I’d love to see MetalGearRising: Revengeance for the Wii U. I think the sword action could be well controlled with Wii MotionPlus.

  • -IVIatrix+

    I WANT BLOPS 2 and AC3 on launch and maybe this when it comes out too!

  • DarkPhazon_Qc

    I was thinking to buy in ps3 but man I change my mind very fast! :D… I bet the EA put some contents DLC.

  • Nintendude

    This picture alone shuts up the trolls about the Wii U graphics capability.

    • KalebTaylorX

      That picture is from a trailer LOL.

    • icanseeu

      That picture is from the advert which uses footage from the PS3 version…..

      • Nintendude


      • NintendoMan :D

        So the Wii U version will actually be better than that picture. Awesome

  • Marioravesto3d

    I really can’t wait the wii u could very well be the best games machine ever.The line up of games already is quite amazing.Just looking down at my ps3 feeling sorry for it well almost haha.Bring on the WII U

  • LordiMcKill

    I’m glad EA finally announced another game for the Wii U that isn’t a sports game or a port of an action rpg, now all we need is EA to announce Crysis 3 for Wii U and all will be complete.

  • Cugno the Swiss

    I’m going to be killed for this one…
    I don’t give a damn about Need for Speed, I don’t even give a damn about James Bond or all those games that are coming out. Ever since Hideo Baba (Namco Bandai) said that there won’t be any Wii U Tales of (the Japanese RPG), I’ve kind of lost fate with the Wii U. I wasn’t going to buy at launch anyway, but at this point I need some true games, not Need for Speed or Black Ops 2… Capcom, tell us what you’re doing! Retro, what are you guys up to? Nintendo, what is Miyamoto’s brand new game? Is there anything for a jRPG lover like me?
    I’m tired of random games announcements, I want to know what the big titles for the Wii U are! And there are big titles, I just want the developers to give us a hint.

    • Cugno the Swiss

      *lost faith, sorry, my fate is still alright.

    • Bristev Quicor

      RPGs are the most time-taking games for development, and developers are just starting to understand Wii U’s dev kits, start begging for an RPG (or even a JRPG) is too early, IMO. The console is promising, so far. And keep in mind that is the first time many 3rd parties are supporting Nintendo, so an RPG could come to Wii U sooner or later. If you really long for an RPG on Wii U then get Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, that may keep you entertained for some time. Give the console some time in the market and I’m sure developers will start working; who knows, maybe Namco will make up their minds and start making a “Tales of…” game πŸ˜€

    • lakersfan

      Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Although that’s not exactly a new game.

  • Maho

    This is some super good news. I was looking through my gameinformer and saw this game was only for 360 and ps3 and i was EXTREMELY dissapointed and then a while later i find out its on wii u!!! thank you EA I will definitely look foward to buying a wii u and more ea and mario games!

  • 30yearsofnintendogaming

    i sold my ps3 and it was the best move of my life. im gonna get thumbs up and down, now. *troll face*


    well that is great to hear:D

  • dojo

    YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM DREAMING i feel faintness hooooooooooooowwwweeeeeeee omagosh im so so so so so so os os osssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssoooooooooooooooo buying it i hope it looks as good as that picutre

  • tttttttttt

    fuckkkkk yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the best nfs for wii u nintendo the best in the world :D!!!!!!

  • Vsdhzuhisvdgiuhdszhvihzgy

    I thought this page was about need for speed?!?!?!

  • 7Down

    I’m not too excited, I guess I’m one of those people who still is waiting for new Underground, I didn’t like how the tuning was so small area on the original MW.

  • Master of Awesomeness

    The original was awesome.

  • Fuzunga

    How will this work without analog triggers?

  • I want a Madcatz stirring wheel controller.