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See the Nintendo references hidden in Need for Speed Most Wanted on Wii U

Need for Speed Most Wanted launched earlier this week on Wii U, and a player has found a few nods to Nintendo in that version of the game. Check out the video above from YouTube user Kolma, who unlocked license plates referencing Mario ("Plumber"), Princess Peach ("Princess"), Yoshi ("Dinosaur") and Pokemon ("Caught Them All"). Most Wanted is also available on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. According to Alex Ward, creative director of developer Criterion Games, the Wii U version is the "definitive" and "best-looking" version of the game.

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Need For Speed: Most Wanted Wii U trailer shows off new co-op gameplay

A new trailer for the Wii U port of Need for Speed: Most Wanted shows off the game's so-called "father and son" co-op mode with a father and son playing together. As the dad drives and evades the cops, the son changes the weather, time of day, and model of car his father is driving. When Polygon caught a look at the Wii U version of Need For Speed: Most Wanted last month, developer Criterion told us that it was the definitive version of the title thanks to this new form of cooperative gameplay. One player would drive with the Wii Remote, and another would use the Wii U gamepad to alter current conditions. Need For Speed: Most Wanted hits Wii U on March 19.

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Need for Speed Most Wanted on Wii U the 'definitive version' of the title, says Criterion

Need for Speed Most Wanted on Wii U is the definitive, best-looking version of the game, according to creative director Alexander J. Ward. "When we sat down to think about bringing Most Wanted to Wii U, we thought of this: in a car game, what can the second player in the room do?" Ward told Polygon. "We could have just released a vanilla version of the game, put it out and say, ‘Hey, it's Most Wanted on Wii U.' But really, Nintendo's challenge there is to allow others to interact with the main player using the GamePad." Like Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U, the GamePad gives that second player the chance to participate. The new Co-Driver mode, called "Father-and-son mode" among Criterion developers, allows the GamePad player to guide, help or even hinder the player using...

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted Ultimate Speed Pack DLC trailer highlights speed machines

Need for Speed: Most Wanted's just-released Ultimate Speed Pack DLC is the subject of a new trailer that showcases the game's newly available speed machines. Check out the trailer above to see McLaren's F1 LM, the Aventador J, Pagani's Zonda R, Bugatti's Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and Hennessey's Venom GT take to the streets. The Ultimate Speed Pack DLC is available now on Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points and on PC and PlayStation 3 for $9.99.

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Need for Speed Most Wanted launch trailer starts some trouble

Need for Speed Most Wanted comes out next Tuesday, and publisher Electronic Arts released a launch trailer today to prepare fans. Need for Speed Most Wanted, developed by Criterion Games, launches on Oct. 30 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation Vita, iOS and Android. A Wii U version is set for release in 2013.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted's Kinect controls let players tune cars with voice while driving

Criterion Games' open-world racing game Need for Speed: Most Wanted implements Kinect-powered voice commands in interesting, if somewhat unrealistic ways. At their most basic, Kinect voice commands on the Xbox 360 version let drivers access menus or start cars by saying commands like "Engine start." More interesting are the on-the-fly car modifications players can perform with their voice so their fingers can focus on running from the police. In the heat of a police chase, players can swap in a tougher chassis or tires more suited to the terrain while keeping their eyes on the road. In a new video highlighting Most Wanted's Kinect controls, producer Chris Roberts shows how to navigate the game's "Easy Drive" menu, quickly swap cars, and get a quick 360 degree camera pan using only...

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Cooperatives, Episode 3: Need for Speed: Most Wanted

This week, Cooperatives test-drives Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The latest addition to the storied Need for Speed franchise is from developer Criterion Games. Sure, the game looks great, but where are the full-motion video cutscenes? And what's up with the Need for Speed movie? And how far can we go off-topic before the infinite white space we're stuck in collapses unto itself?

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Need for Speed Most Wanted's mobile trailer is half a minute of bliss

Short but sweet, this new trailer for the mobile version of Need for Speed Most Wanted manages to squeeze an awful lot in to its 24 seconds. In the brief drive we see a cop chase, damage modeling and day and night cycles. According to the video's description, the Firemonkeys' developed version of the Criterion game will include physics-based collisions, cop takedowns and real-world cars like the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and the Porsche 911 Carrera S. The game is due out later this month on iOS and Android devices.

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Off-screen footage of Need for Speed Most Wanted on PS Vita impresses

Need for Speed Most Wanted will be available on PlayStation Vita, and you can get your first look at that version in action thanks to some off-screen gameplay footage that recently surfaced. Taken at the EB Games Expo in Sydney this past weekend, the brief clip shows off a game with a solid frame rate and one that looks similar to its console brethren aside from some graphical compromises — which is just what developer Criterion Games promised when we saw the PS Vita title in August. Need for Speed Most Wanted launches on PS Vita, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, iOS and Android on Oct. 30.

Need for Speed Most Wanted (2012) Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 10/30/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Criterion Games
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 10/30/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Criterion Games
    • Score 8.5
  • Windows
    • Released 10/30/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Criterion Games
  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 10/30/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Criterion Games
    • Score 7.5
  • Android
    • Released 10/30/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Criterion Games
  • iOS
    • Released 10/30/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Criterion Games
  • Wii U
    • Released 03/19/2013
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Criterion Games
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