Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
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  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. 80
    Nitro is a blast despite its faults, and brings some simply awesome concepts to the table. If you’re a racing fan, this is the first NFS experience that’s actually worth the cash on Wii.
  3. A racing game with no frills but plenty of thrills. Well worth getting for solid arcade racing.
  4. An enjoyable, challenging and strong racing game for the Wii that sadly lacks online support.
  5. Need for Speed: Nitro is an arcade style racer that, while not too terribly deep, is worth a spin around the block.
  6. 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.
  7. It’s great to see Electronic Arts put some effort into a platform specific release instead of the sub-standard ports the Wii often tends to get. Highly recommended for fans of the series, just bring your wheel to the party.
  8. Packed with cartoon-style graphics, drifting-based gameplay and plenty of nitro boosts, Need for Speed: Nitro for Nintendo Wii is a fun, addictive and spectacular racer.
  9. Need for Speed Nitro has an amazing sense of the speed with crazy but funny racers. It offers five different controls for any kind of player. The gameplay is challenging with fresh visual style perfect for the Wii. The game has more than 40 different licensed cars which can be customized. The most exciting arcade racing game for Wii in this year.
  10. Overall, Need for Speed: Nitro does what it was set out to do and does it right. It doesn't feel like Shift, instead playing like something made for the Wii audience. It's got its flaws, but it also has a fast, easy-to-pick-up gameplay and just enough depth to be worth a purchase for a wide swath of Wii gamers.
  11. 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.
  12. NITRO's point-based structure and pick-up-and-play gameplay caters well to those looking for quick spurts of action, but it's unlikely to see an intense cross-pollination from those in need of in-depth racing sessions on the Wii.
  13. 75
    Big splash in the grand scheme of quarter four 2009? No. Big splash on the Wii? For what it is, absolutely.
  14. In terms of Need for Speed Nitro, it is not perfect but it certainly is a base for EA Montreal to build upon to give Wii owners a truly compelling and unique racing game exclusive to Nintendo's home console.

Awards & Rankings

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#38 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
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#32 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. 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 Full Review »
  2. Jul 17, 2016
    10
    EA have done a great job with this game. Definitely the best Need for Speed game on the Wii. The career and multiplayer are the best modesEA have done a great job with this game. Definitely the best Need for Speed game on the Wii. The career and multiplayer are the best modes I've played in the game. Also the soundtrack is great as well. I would recommend getting this game Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »