EA Launches Need for Speed Most Wanted U Today

Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:00am EDT

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Players Leave Rivals and Cops in the Dust Together with All New Co-Op Features
Designed Specifically for the Wii U 
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Ready, set, floor it! EA and Criterion Games announced today that Need for Speed
Most Wanted U, the Nintendo Wii U enhanced version of the critically acclaimed
Need for Speed Most Wanted, is now available at North American retail stores.
Whether gamers are playing with friends or family in the living room or
competing against others in the connected open world through Autolog 2, Need for
SpeedMost Wanted U makes the race to become Most Wanted more fun, more social
and more interactive than ever before. 

Rob O`Farrell, Executive Producer, said, "AtCriterion Games, we really took the
time to learn and understand the Wii U. When creating Need for Speed Most Wanted
U, we wanted to maximize the console`s power to deliver an immediately fun and
accessible racing experience. We are very proud of the end result." 

Designed specifically for the Wii U, Need for SpeedMost Wanted U delivers
gameplay mechanics built for the unique features of the Wii U GamePad
controller. The local co-op mode, called Co-Driver, allows one player to drive
using the Wii Remote controller or Wii U Pro Controller while another player
uses the Wii U GamePad to provide control and navigation assistance on an
interactive real-time map. Using just their fingertips, the partner can distract
pursuing cops, switch from night to day or activate enhanced performance for any
car and even control the amount of traffic on the road. For another competitive
edge, players can switch into their favorite cars, track milestones, uncover the
city`s hidden gems and more, all on the fly with the Wii U touch screen,
ensuring nothing ever slows them down. 

Need for Speed Most Wanted U brings the blockbuster action of the open world
racer to players` fingertips. The entire game is playable off-screen using the
Wii U GamePad, so gamers never have to put the game down. 

Need for Speed Most Wanted U includes the Ultimate Speed Pack expansion, so
players can take to the streets with five of the most absurdly fast cars ever
made: McLaren`s F1 LM, Lamborghini`s minimalist artwork, the Aventador J, the
track-focused Pagani Zonda R, Bugatti`s reigning world speed champion, the
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and Hennessey`s savage 275 mile-an-hour
ragtop beast, the Venom GT Spyder. 

Finally with Need for SpeedMost Wanted U, gamers are competing against the
people they want to defeat most - their friends. With EA`s innovative online
technology Autolog 2, the game automatically tracks and compares best race
times, high scores and more. These stats are broadcast throughout the open
world, fueling friendly competition and rivalries. Need for Speed Most Wanted`s
online multiplayer also ups the ante for social competition. Gamers pick a car,
meet up with their friends and are immersed in a non-stop playlist of
action-packed events. Whether it`s competing for the best starting position, the
ultimate jump, or finishing first place, if there`s something to do, there`s
someone to beat. Any Speed Points earned on Wii U will add to your existing
total if you are playing the game on any of the other available platforms
through CloudCompete. 

Need for Speed Most WantedU is available now in North America for $59.99 and
will be in stores March 21 in Europe for €69.99. 

For more information on Need for Speed Most Wanted, visit
http://www.needforspeed.com/wii-u. For more information on Need for Speed, visit
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About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive
entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for
Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and
social networks. EA has more than 275 million registered players and operates in
75 countries. 

In fiscal 2012, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.1 billion. Headquartered in
Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically
acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims, Madden NFL, FIFA
Soccer, Need for Speed, Battlefield and Mass Effect. More information about EA
is available at http://info.ea.com. 

Origin, SimCity, Spore, The Sims and Need for Speed are trademarks of Electronic
Arts Inc. Mass Effect is a trademark of EA International (Studio and Publishing)
Ltd. Battlefield is a trademark of EA Digital Illusions CE AB. John Madden, NFL
and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission.
Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Wii and Wii U
are trademarks of Nintendo.

EA Games Label
Tammy Levine, 650-658-7223
VP of PR
Amanda Taggart, 650-628-2974
PR Director
Shirley Chu, 514-664-8207
PR Manager
Melissa Ojeda, 650-628-7870
Senior Publicist

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