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Need for Speed Nitro Announced for Wii and DS

by Francesca DiMola - February 4, 2009, 5:11 pm PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

The Nintendo platforms will get an arcade-style racing game featuring strategic shortcuts, customizable vehicles, and a unique visual style in addition to classic Need for Speed staples.

EA Montreal recently announced the latest addition to the Need for Speed series, Nitro for the Wii and DS. The Nitro title will be unique to Nintendo consoles and is designed to mimic the feel of an arcade-style racing game. A separate Need For Speed title, Shift, will appear on the other consoles.

Boasting a "fresh" and "unique" visual style, Nitro will allow players to gain boosting power by drifting and dragging behind opponents. Players will have to build their boosting capability in order to access new strategic shortcuts on the course, but will also have to keep a watchful lookout for police cars.

The game will also allow players to customize the licensed cars that it features, allowing them to add their own personality to the game.

Need for Speed Nitro is expected to release Q3 2009 for Wii and DS.

Need for Speed NITRO (Working Title) – Fall 2009

Developed by EA Montreal, Need for Speed NITRO for Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ will have players of all skill levels hooked from the moment they get into the action, while arcade racing fans will be exhilarated by the deep and challenging gameplay. EA Montreal has already established a strong track record of developing for these platforms and will bring their unique creativity and innovation to the Need for Speed franchise.

Gamers can build up their boost as they drift and drag behind their opponents and use it strategically to change the course of the race, but watch out for the cops! Offering a fresh and unique visual style, the game features a variety of licensed cars which can be fully customized to let the game reflect the player's taste and personality. This evolutionary take on arcade racing, bringing back the best features found in Need for Speed games, comes exclusively to the Nintendo platforms this fall.

Talkback

ShyGuyFebruary 04, 2009

Need for Speed and its annual releases helps remind me of the EA from last gen.

EnnerFebruary 04, 2009

ShyGuy: Same. Ugh, can't they do the sensible thing and make the franchise biannual? Apparently, there is demand for something new each year. Meh.

It's a nice gesture that the Wii and DS get their own NFS, but how about a Burnout Wii? Now that I will be really excited for! I'm thinking of a circuit-based game rather than open-world. Paradise it nice and all, but you can have more variety with circuits. Well, unless you have an open-world that dynamically changes cities by crossing a street, tunnel, or bridge.

AVFebruary 04, 2009

Do you guys remember when the DS was thought to be called "Nintendo Nitro" ?

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusFebruary 04, 2009

Quote from: Mr.

Do you guys remember when the DS was thought to be called "Nintendo Nitro" ?

That was the code name and the name of the DS development kit.

BlackNMild2k1February 05, 2009

Quote from: Enner

ShyGuy: Same. Ugh, can't they do the sensible thing and make the franchise biannual? Apparently, there is demand for something new each year. Meh.

It's a nice gesture that the Wii and DS get their own NFS, but how about a Burnout Wii? Now that I will be really excited for!

Stole the words right out of my mouth, but next time, do you think you could wash your hands first?

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusFebruary 05, 2009

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Quote from: Enner

ShyGuy: Same. Ugh, can't they do the sensible thing and make the franchise biannual? Apparently, there is demand for something new each year. Meh.

It's a nice gesture that the Wii and DS get their own NFS, but how about a Burnout Wii? Now that I will be really excited for!

Stole the words right out of my mouth, but next time, do you think you could wash your hands first?

As long as it's not like Burnout Legends on the DS .

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