Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 0 out of 36
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  1. 95
    It’s packed with content, and even in the later hours I was thrown into areas I had yet to discover. Whether you choose to explore, race, or compete with friends, there’s a home for you in Fairhaven.
  2. Apr 22, 2013
    With the new (improved) control system and slight increase in visual quality, it would be safe to say that Wii U owners are getting the best experience out of Most Wanted - even if it is six months behind.
  3. Apr 21, 2013
    This is a "racer" that beyond presenting a great identity, really messes with emotions and truly defines the illegal and fast racing. It is simply an essential game.
  4. Apr 18, 2013
    Easily the best third party title currently available on the Wii U and the best version of the game to grace any console. As a nice bonus you also get the DLC included which was seen on other consoles, entitled Speed Pack. A must buy to show off the Wii U’s graphical capabilities and for anyone who loves racing games. If you want the best Need for Speed experience, play it on the Wii U.
  5. Apr 16, 2013
    Most Wanted U holds the status of the best entry and furthers the accessibility of the formula in meaningful ways.
  6. Apr 11, 2013
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Apr 10, 2013
    Probably a must-have for fans of the genre. Even though it doesn't make the most of Wii U's unique features, it's as good as the other console versions, and even better in some aspects.
  8. Apr 8, 2013
    With several very interesting add ons and an excellent technical sector, Need for Speed ​​Most Wanted inaugurates what all Nintendo fans are hoping to be a great spring for Wii U.
  9. Apr 2, 2013
    A great conversion of one of the best driving games available today. It´s the finest console version too.
  10. Apr 1, 2013
    Need for Speed: Most Wanted is the multiplatform title that Wii U owners deserve: one that has been given time and dedication by a developer with excellent technical skills, which shows the Wii U is more than just a late entry into last generation hardware.
  11. Mar 26, 2013
    Most Wanted U is undoubtedly the best console version of EA's racing game. Besides the great step forward from a technical point of view, the various interface tweaks will improve the immediacy of use. Too bad for the small number of players online.
  12. Mar 26, 2013
    While these new additions may have imbalanced Most Wanted U in some respects, they’ve also created a sandbox of greater possibilities and accessibility.
  13. Mar 25, 2013
    Delivers on every level. It's fast, fun, and absolutely beautiful, with an open-world design that creates a real feeling of freedom to go with the sense of speed. There's a staggering amount of content, with races to run, cars to find and mods to unlock, and the unique online multiplayer adds heaps of replay value.
  14. Mar 21, 2013
    Fairhaven is packed with things to do, and the additional content packs it even fuller.
  15. Mar 19, 2013
    While the controls are technically inferior to the 360 and PS3 version due to the lack of analog buttons on any Wii U control method, they still work really well and don’t make the game hard to control – it just takes some time to get used to controlling a modern racer with purely digital buttons.
  16. Mar 19, 2013
    Even if you're an old hand at Most Wanted at this point (my SpeedPoint total across Xbox 360, PS3, and PC versions was already a ridiculous amount), the ability to control the traffic or cops, and the ability to easy locate hidden cars are worth revisiting Fairhaven. Criterion's also used the extra time to make the Wii U the best-ooking console version, complete with textures from the PC release and a few tweaks to the way night and day look in game.
  17. A massively entertaining racer that grabs and runs with the power of the WiiU. It's tough, but we're Nintendo gamers. We eat tough for breakfast. [Apr 2013, p.80]
  18. Mar 25, 2013
    It’s easily the best third-party port on the console right now, and as a result, should be racing to the top of every Wii U owner’s most wanted list.
  19. Mar 19, 2013
    Need for Speed Most Wanted is an expertly tuned and turbocharged port that brings a superior experience to the Wii U. The game is just as good, even better than the other versions, the new Wii U features are fun and best of all it runs like a dream on Nintendo’s new console.
  20. Mar 19, 2013
    The Wii U version of NFS Most Wanted U sacrifices nothing from other console versions and adds some good features that improve the game’s accessibility.
  21. Apr 16, 2013
    Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is a must-have racing game for those who only own the Wii U.
  22. Apr 8, 2013
    Because you'll have access to most cars to begin with, Most Wanted U can be slightly overwhelming without providing you with a good starting point. The exploring also gets shoved to the background quite significantly. It soon turns out that this makes for a better game though, that provides you with more freedom as a player. The wingman-functions allow Fairhaven to be conquered with a friend, but these are too experimental to really make Most Wanted U succeed as a co-op game. Still, this is the best version of an already great racing game.
  23. Apr 3, 2013
    All in all, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is the standout game on the Wii U for racing, and probably one of the better games available on the console right now. It does have some faults, but is still an excellent example of the Need for Speed universe.
  24. Apr 1, 2013
    Criterion Games proved last October that Need for Speed: Most Wanted had some quality race work. But things can always be better. The Wii U version provides all the fun from the original game but in a greater and more complete package.
  25. Mar 28, 2013
    For those that don’t already own the game, this is without a doubt the best package available, but I have to imagine that audience is significantly small. It also lacks enough new to warrant double-dipping for those that already own the game on another platform.
  26. Mar 26, 2013
    Most Wanted... and needed, to finally prove what Wii U can do by flexing its graphical muscles and capitalizing on its GamePad screen. An adrenalinic arcade racer by Criterion that shows the right criteria for developing Wii U ports in future.
  27. Mar 19, 2013
    This edition of the game has many of the components that made the title successful on the other systems, and more, but the behind-the-wheel experience puts it in second place.
  28. Mar 19, 2013
    It’s got a pretty good engine under the hood, but the paint is starting to peel.
  29. Mar 21, 2013
    The Wii U port of NFS Most Wanted was done with care and it shows.
  30. Mar 20, 2013
    Finally you’ll get a decent racer on Wii U. Criterion made an exemplary port, proving that Nintendo's new system is able to dish out beautiful visuals and break-neck speed.
  31. 80
    The best multiformat Wii U game so far, even if the improvements are mostly minor and the underlying game still lacks personality.
  32. Mar 25, 2013
    I suppose the gamepad is a valuable way to look at the map without calling up a fullscreen map view. But mostly, it’s a sadly missed opportunity in an otherwise great racing game.
  33. Mar 25, 2013
    Even if its new features aren't groundbreaking, it's easy to say this is the best console version of the game, thanks to crispier graphics, extra content and some little gameplay adjustments.
  34. Mar 19, 2013
    While it looks superb and is welcome in situations when your significant other wins the rights to the TV, the split-second reactions needed in the packed-to-the-gills streets on the small screen will have you pining to get the action back on the big one.
  35. Apr 2, 2013
    It's not quite the smooth, finely tuned speed machine it could have been, but Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is still an exciting racer.
  36. Apr 1, 2013
    Overall, it's not worth a double dip if you own the game on another system, but if you have a younger child and/or are really interested in jumping in, I do highly recommend the Wii U version.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 183 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 183
  1. Mar 19, 2013
    I had this for PS3 and Vita before I got a Wii U. The game looks noticeably better but the main thing going for this game or any Wii U gameI had this for PS3 and Vita before I got a Wii U. The game looks noticeably better but the main thing going for this game or any Wii U game for that matter is playing it on the controller. It's on a different level then playing it on the Vita. Full Review »
  2. Mar 19, 2013
    Game is awesome and a lot of fun. The addition of the hi-resolution textures make this comparable to the PC version graphically, and theGame is awesome and a lot of fun. The addition of the hi-resolution textures make this comparable to the PC version graphically, and the gamepad integration couple together to make this the ultimate version. Full Review »
  3. Mar 20, 2013
    I thought the lack of analog buttons for gas/brake were going to be a problem but it doesn't take long to adapt at all. Game looks amazing,I thought the lack of analog buttons for gas/brake were going to be a problem but it doesn't take long to adapt at all. Game looks amazing, runs great, and the co-op driver functions are surprisingly more fun than I thought they'd be. Criterion put some effort into this version of the game and it shows. Full Review »