Need for Speed: Nitro advances to Nov. 3

EA Montreal's Wii, DS installment in rebooted racing franchise goes gold as release date shifts forward two weeks; setlist includes Crystal Method, Lady Sov, k-os.

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With the NPD Group's September US retail sales recap delayed to later today, it has yet to be seen how well Need for Speed: Shift for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, and PC performed off the line. However, early prognostication indicates that Electronic Arts' reboot of its long-running racing franchise may have sputtered, with Wedbush Morgan Securities' Michael Pachter projecting a lackluster 250,000 units during the month.

The stars on the hood are both fashionable and functional!

With a PC-only massively multiplayer installment on track for this winter, EA is now gearing up for the launch of Need for Speed: Nitro on the Wii and DS. Today, the publisher confirmed that Nitro has gone gold and shipped to manufacturers in advance of the game's November 3 launch in North America and November 6 debut in Europe. Previously, the game had carried a November 17 release date. With Slightly Mad Studios on Shift, EA Montreal handled development duties on Nitro.

More casual than its positively reviewed Need for Speed: Shift, the Wii- and DS-exclusive Nitro features cars with a stylized appearance and controls friendly to rookies and experts alike. Power-ups are strewn across the raceway and a new graffiti system will factor into overall racing performance. On the Wii, Need for Speed: Nitro can be played with the Wii Remote, nunchuk, racing wheel, or the GameCube Controller.

Along with announcing the game's completion, EA also revealed the game's 26-song soundtrack. As has become customary, EA's musical taste spans a variety of genres and pulls from a number of countries. Notable artists include Crystal Method, Lady Sovereign, k-os, and Placebo.

Need for Speed: Nitro's full soundtrack is listed below. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Artist - Song
Alex Metric - "What Now"
Bloody Beetroots feat. Cool Kids - "Awesome"
Crookers feat. Wiley and Thomas Jules - "Business Man"
Crystal Method feat. LMFAO - "Sine Language"
Danko Jones - "Code of the Road"
Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden - "Bonkers"
Drumagik - "Make It Rock"
Earl Greyhound - "Oye Vaya"
edIT feat. Wale and Tre' - "Freaxxx"
Evil 9 - "All the Cash (Alex Metric Remix) Feat. El-P"
Hollywood Holt - "Can't Stop"
k-os - "FUN!"
Lady Sovereign - "I Got You Dancing"
Major Lazer feat. Mr.Lex & Santigold - "Hold the Line"
Matt & Kim - "Daylight (Troublemaker Remix)"
Mickey Factz - "Yeah Yeah"
Pint Shot Riot - "Not Thinking Straight"
Placebo - "Breathe Under Water"
Rise Against - "Kotov Syndrome"
Roots Manuva - "Buff Nuff"
Rye Rye - "Hardcore Girls"
Street Sweeper Social Club - "Fight! Smash! Win!"
Taking Back Sunday - "Lonely Lonely"
The Enemy UK - "No Time For Tears"
The Gay Blades - "O Shot (Dmerit Remix)"
Two Fingers feat. Sway - "Jewels And Gems"

Discussion

16 comments
BloodMist
BloodMist

Sounds like Shift Lite, and Shift isn't even that good.The more arcade feel could be a bonus though.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Sure would be nice if Wii had demos.....

DanC1989
DanC1989

Some people think I'm bonkers...(nice tune). Not sure about the game though.

red-drybones
red-drybones

I guess I'll just listen to my Mp3 while I play

Thatguysawesome
Thatguysawesome

Looks and sounds great, like a back to basics racing game! I'll definetly give it a go!

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Now I want to see need for speed world online, that's the last of the "three way split" to show its face.

SpeedFreak93
SpeedFreak93

There are only two good soundtracks: All the Cash (Evil 9) and What now (Alex Metric) ... That´s sad :-(

TSNAKE617
TSNAKE617

I want a new Burnout game. *Sigh*

SpeedFreak93
SpeedFreak93

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-Canas-
-Canas-

Bloody Beetroots by far the best track on the list, but a pretty strong list all around complete with teen angsty bands like Taking Back Sunday Lookin good

gnbfd
gnbfd

Never heard of any of those bands but Rise Against and TBS >_> But EA soundtracks are usually pretty good Not getting this game though but I hope it'll be as good as Shift was

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Nice looking track list and fast looking gameplay. Gotta give it the benefit of the doubt!

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

I don't expect any less from Need for Speed, the soundtrack looks solid enough, pretty much what the series is used to deliver. The game on the other hand, I'm not sure.

remixbaby44
remixbaby44

i just hope it isnt getting more hype than its worth like the conduit did. looks fast though