Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. You can do all that fancy car customization in the GBA version too, and the racing action is quite good too, just like it is on the GameCube.
  2. 80
    This game makes for a great purchase both as a solid racer and as a tech demo.
  3. This is definitely one of the best racers available for the Game Boy Advance, and includes enough unlockable content to challenge some console games.
  4. Improvements have been made to such an extent that this latest release stacks up well against the pedigree established by the console versions of the franchise.
  5. With tons of courses, races, upgrades and modes including a multi-player mode, if you get bored with this game you better increase your Ritalin dosage.
  6. A definitive version of Need For Speed Lite; fewer upgrade calories and less fatty visuals to chew on. What the game picks up on, though, is a key element of racing fun, with its unpretentious (if a bit ambitious) presentation of a glamorous racing sub-culture that fits in the palm of your hand.
  7. The frame-rate is smooth and the environments far nicely detailed, but, as was the case in previous GBA NFS incarnations, it's hard to discern the legitimate path from the dead ends. [Jan 2005, p.140]
  8. This weird ass-end swing out makes circuit racing all but impossible until you re-learn the concepts of physics, weight distribution, and even gravity. [Feb 2005, p.125]
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. TomD.
    Jan 17, 2005
    10
    Great race game best ever.
  2. Driver
    Dec 11, 2004
    10
    This game is a MAJOR improvement over the first NFSU. its much better in every way and is probably the best looking 3d game on the gba. get it!
  3. SimonC.
    Dec 5, 2004
    1
    It's just sh.t!!!!!!