Need for Speed: Most Wanted received rave reviews when it released back in the autumn of last year. Critics praised it as the best Need for Speed game in years, and the title became the seventh best selling game in the US in 2012. Now, Criterion Games and Burnout are bringing the game over to the Wii U, and the port will be releasing this March.
Alex Ward, the creative director at Criterion, has been interviewed recently concerning the newest version of the game. He believes the Wii U port of the title will be the definitive edition, using PC graphics and Miiverse integration. For the first time, we'll be able to see the power of Wii U at its fullest, going beyond the PS3 and 360 and competing with the looks of PC games.
Here's what Ward had to say.
“Well this is our first game on the hardware. We wanted to go back to like we used to be. If you know we’re doing the game, you know we’ve looked at the hardware and said, ‘What’s the best damned thing we can do on that?’ We’re going to support everything we can. We support Miiverse fully, online play.”
“Everyone wants to talk about this and that on the hardware, and it’s not as interesting to me. What’s really important is what we’re doing with the player experience. The games I’m playing on Wii U—Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U—what Nintendo, they just deliver excellent gameplay. It’s probably one of the big problems in the industry at the moment. Everyone—you guys—like to talk about specs and this and that. We’ve got to get back to just playing the game. And that’s what this game is about. It’s about a simple, fun experience. It’s not about 10,000,000 polygons and who does this and who does that.”
I'm happy the devs are working hard on Most Wanted on Wii U, and that they aren't solely going for flashy looks and shiny graphics. They realize the franchise is not an overly complex experience, but rather a fun one that's easy to enjoy. I can't wait to pick this game up.