Excerpt: EA have made some interesting steps with the Need for Speed franchise on the 360 and the PS3. The recently released SHIFT took the series from the streets and placed it into proper racing circuits, whilst also attempting to make the handling more realistic.
Excerpt: The front cover of Need for Speed: Nitro proudly claims that it's the first Need for Speed custom-built for the Wii. It sounds like something worth making some noise about, with Wii owners until this point having to suffer poor ports of a mixed bunch of NFS titles.
Excerpt: I’ve always been a fan of the Need for Speed (NFS) series through both the bad (Pro Street) and the good (Undercover II, Most Wanted, etc.). I have been eager to see the results of EA’s announcement last year that they were taking steps to change how Need for Speed games were developed.
Conclusion: Need for Speed Nitro is a very well designed arcade-style racing game. It’s one of those racing games that anyone can pick up, including novice gamers. The cars are powerful, yet beautiful beasts that can be customized to the tastes if the gamer.
Excerpt: Being an arcade racer on a Nintendo console is a less-than-enviable situation, given that you're eventually going to be compared with the venerable Mario Kart Wii at some point. Fortunately, Need for Speed Nitro manages to hold its own against its heavyweight competitors.
Pros: you've ever empited a pocket full of quarters into an OutRun machine or been pulled over, high on Pixie Sticks.
Cons: you like your racing games how you like your Whistler paintings: realistic.
Summary: Boasting a wholly unique look and feel, Need for Speed Nitro delivers the fun and exhilaration of high-speed racing, as you battle through the mayhem of aggressive cops, take corners at 150 mph, and own the competition on extreme tracks.
Summary: Need for Speed Nitro is a fun arcade racer for the Wii. While there are only a handful of maps, each map is well designed with shortcuts and lots of little touches that make the course feel alive.
Conclusion: Imperfect controls, less than cutting edge graphics, and brief single player mode hinder this game from achieving greatness. While not the best racer out there, still a fun experience for all age groups.