Need for Speed: Nitro revving up November 17

EA Montreal behind first NFS title exclusively for DS, Wii; uses nunchuk, racing wheel, stylus with controls tailored to both rookies and experts.

Following the shake-up at Electronic Arts' Black Box studio after the 2008 holiday season, the publisher soon split the ailing workshop's Need for Speed franchise into three new series. One of them, Need for Speed: Nitro, was tasked to Boogie-makers EA Montreal as a Nintendo-only franchise. Today, the company announced the arcade street racer will ship worldwide on November 17.

Tailgaters beware.

More casual than its counterpart Need for Speed: Shift, the Wii- and DS-exclusive Nitro features cars with a toylike 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.

EA Black Box is codeveloping the third Need for Speed offshoot Motor City Online, a massively multiplayer online racer made in collaboration with EA Shanghai. The free-to-play PC game is set to release in Asia this summer and the US this winter. Slightly Mad Studios and Black Box executive producer Michael Mann are working on Need for Speed: Shift, which ships September 17 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and PSP.

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Discussion

15 comments
beel-kun
beel-kun

Wow Just wow! it looks amazing for Wii

ali-009
ali-009

looks awsome,i like the toyish look.

tekken220
tekken220

omg... Look at what EA did to that 370Z... EPIC FAILURE EA EPIC FAILURE

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

looks interesting especially its coming to the DS as well..

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Well, I think NFS is getting old but this might be OK.

NuKkU
NuKkU

i have a feeling this change is a little to drastic for the NFS series

eightren
eightren

We'll see how this works out.

duomtl
duomtl

i've played it, it's actually quite fun

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

I think it's gonna be another big dissapointment

poek_mon
poek_mon

gmaster666 ur right and i doubt any1 is gonna play this game ever

okassar
okassar

Alright,if CoD can be called a milked franchise (can't wait for MW2 :)),NFS is a frikkin cow farm.

gmaster666
gmaster666

really EA really...hope that the two people who buy this game enjoy it...some one past the calender to EA please