Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Need for Speed: Nitro isn't the best racer on the DS. It's not even the best goofy racer on the DS, an honor that will probably always belong to the console's iteration of Mario Kart. It is, however, a lot of fun to play.
  2. Need for Speed Nitro has a lot of solid content, good production values and a large quantity of customization for a DS game.
  3. Sure, there's not much variety, the music leaves something to be desired and the graphics can get a bit rough, but the gameplay itself offers a good sense of speed, plenty of character, and, more importantly, it's fun.
  4. Need For Speed: Nitro is a perfectly average racing game on DS. You probably won't be blown away by it, but if you're looking for specific type of game to fill a gap in your DS library, you could pick a worse title than this.
  5. 68
    While Need for Speed Nitro on Nintendo Wii absolutely screams for a sequel, the DS version is a bit more subdued overall. Despite having more modes, locales, and overall depth to the career mode, the overall experience just doesn’t come together like it should.
  6. 65
    Nitro does a great job at being an arcade racer for a broader casual audience. It's not perfect and struggles with repetitiveness after long bouts, but it is the best Need for Speed title for the DS yet.
  7. Every Need for Speed fan will be let down by the awful driving model and the lack of serious innovation of this arcade racing game. better avoid it unless you're looking for a simple (and simplicistic) four wheels game.
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JulesP
    Dec 17, 2009
    10
    The best part of this game is undeniable the car physics simulation. It's so realistic, and innovative! Other games need to learn from this. The graphics are okay. Full Review »
  2. ArcadeRacingRocks
    Nov 7, 2009
    9
    This game on the DS is just fun... much more arcade than previous NFS games. Within minutes I was laughing and was also impressed with some cool camera moves. Full Review »