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.
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"