Nintendo Wii U is picking up Need for Speed: Most Wanted with full online capabilities, off-screen play, and co-op functionality.
When EA releases one of its titles, they usually try to adopt to all available consoles they can put it on. Years after the Playstation 3 was on the market, they were still putting out Madden titles on the Playstation 2. So, it doesn’t seem surprising that they’re revving up Need for Speed: Most Wanted for the Wii U.
When reading the press release, I saw the words “local co-op” and became ecstatic. Thoughts of my wife and I playing a franchise we enjoy together, on the same screen, quickly filled a way we can spend our days in our cold home with a heat dish warming us up. Those fantasies were quickly dashed when I realized they were only talking about a player taking more of a passenger seat role with the use of the Gamepad. Bummer. However, I can’t truthfully dismiss the functionality.
One player can play the game using the Wii Remote (which probably means you can hook up that dastardly Wii Wheel, if you so choose) or using the Pro Controller, while the other player can be on the Gamepad doing such things like any passenger would do in car such as changing the day to night, removing or adding traffic on the streets, activating enhanced performance on the car (like pushing the red button in Men in Black?), and distract cops in ways that were not explained. I refuse to take guesses. Oh, and random plug-in before I forget, you can play the game off of your big screen TV in case you need to take a potty break and the cop chase is too intense to pause in the moment.
The rest of the game is NFS:MW as usual. Autolog 2 is fully functioning, drop-in drop-out racing, and all the typical multiplayer action. On top of this, though, players buying the Wii U version will also receive the Ultimate Speed Pack, which features the supercars that we’d love to drive, or at least look at in real life: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, McLaren’s F1 LM, Lamborghini Aventador J, Pagani Zonda R, and the Venom GT Spyder.
The Wii U version will be available March 19 in NA for $60 and March 21 in Europe for €70.