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  • Summary: Boasting support for the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, racing wheel, classic controller, GameCube controller and DS stylus, Need for Speed NITRO lets players decide exactly how they want to dominate the competition. For the ultimate bragging rights, gamers can’t just win the race, they must own it.Boasting support for the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, racing wheel, classic controller, GameCube controller and DS stylus, Need for Speed NITRO lets players decide exactly how they want to dominate the competition. For the ultimate bragging rights, gamers can’t just win the race, they must own it. With a nearly limitless visual customization system, gamers can design a unique art style to attach to their ride. As they edge out competitors in driving finesse, their art will overtake the world, vibrantly painting the story of racing supremacy. All this combined with fresh modes, tracks and exotic real world locations make Need for Speed NITRO one of the most exciting, heart-pounding arcade racers for the Wii and Nintendo DS. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. 80
    Something else that blindsided me was the killer sense of speed. Dropping behind the wheel of a Charger or Cobra for a quick race was immediately satisfying and while NITRO definitely suffers from low-res car models and building textures, that doesn't stop the game from feeling frighteningly fast.
  2. Need for Speed: Nitro is, for the most part, a fantastic racing game for the Wii. The art style looks fantastic on the system, the varied control options are great, and the gameplay is fast-paced and entertaining. Sadly, it awkwardly straddles the line between zany arcade racing game and super-serious simulation game, wasting a lot of potential in the process with conservative items and unused 'boss' characters.
  3. For the first Wii-specific racer by EA, Need for Speed Nitro is a step in the right direction. The only major factors that hold it back from absolute greatness are the repetitive career mode and lack of online play.
  4. 70
    As far as arcade racers on the Wii go, Need for Speed: Nitro isn't a bad experience.
  5. EA's latest Need For Speed effort on Wii would've benefited from online play and several more tracks and cars. As it stands, however, Nitro is an enthralling racing game, with plenty of rubber-burning action for you and your friends.
  6. There's not enough content here to keep me satisfied, and the difficulty is far too light for my current tastes. It might hold over the younger gamers out there, but for those of us in our 20's and so on, you'll quickly realize that Nitro is a little too light on content to keep you entertained for long.
  7. It shows that this game is specifically made for the Wii and they try hard at making it look like a kid for the younger crowd. But basically it all just falls flat down on the ground with only a few things that make you want to play the game longer than 15 minutes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. SteveW
    Nov 3, 2009
    10
    finally they focused on reliable gameplay. but I know the wii can do better graphics than this, so I'm a little disappointed. I still finally they focused on reliable gameplay. but I know the wii can do better graphics than this, so I'm a little disappointed. I still like the last one the best in the entire series, although too bad it glitches occasionally. With Nitro they got the engine solid as a rock, and it feels really fast which is great! Expand
  2. JulesP
    Dec 17, 2009
    9
    Definitely the best part of this game is the driving physics. It's so smooth and innovative! Actually, other driving games should learn Definitely the best part of this game is the driving physics. It's so smooth and innovative! Actually, other driving games should learn from nitro! A masterpiece of car handling and simulation. Too bad the graphics are not so great... which is why I give it a 9 (and not a 10 - physics only deserve a 10). Expand
  3. Colin
    Nov 2, 2009
    9
    This game's classic arcade drifting is amazing! Something fresh and innovative from EA. Good job guys.
  4. Nov 10, 2011
    9
    i cant believe you professional reviwers, how dare you? this game is the best arcade racer ive played for years, it has a simple but effectivei cant believe you professional reviwers, how dare you? this game is the best arcade racer ive played for years, it has a simple but effective yet sometimes frustrating control, awesome visuals and good difficulty curve. speed is tremndous when you pull turbo boost car selection is nice multiplyr rocks......except for some minor control issues i cant really put this game down, maybe the best racer on wii Expand
  5. jamesc
    Nov 14, 2009
    8
    The 2 player career mode is an entertaining addition, with speed being retained. (I haven't ried it with 4 simultaneous players but the The 2 player career mode is an entertaining addition, with speed being retained. (I haven't ried it with 4 simultaneous players but the option is there). In single player it's inevitably limited but there's plenty of entertainment here in multiplayer. Expand
  6. ColinB.B.
    Dec 20, 2009
    8
    I agree with the previous comments that the graphics are not that great even though the game is quite enjoyable on multiple aspects. As a I agree with the previous comments that the graphics are not that great even though the game is quite enjoyable on multiple aspects. As a rendering engineer I feel the art direction could have been more focus and synergestic with the rest of the gameplay. Still the fact that they support up to five control schemes make this game great. Expand
  7. CorZD
    Nov 29, 2009
    8
    A refreshingly different approach to the racing genre. The graphical style is exciting, the sound of the cars is impressive as is the ability A refreshingly different approach to the racing genre. The graphical style is exciting, the sound of the cars is impressive as is the ability to customize them. The only thing I would like to see in a sequel would be mechanical upgrades, control customization and a choice of cockpit view or behind the car while racing view. Overall this game could be the basis for a whole new series as it has a lot of potential! Expand

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