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Burnout & Need For Speed Developer Praises Both The Wii U And Nintendo


Online gaming publication Kotaku recently got the chance to speak to Alex Ward, the Creative Director of Criterion Games. It turns out Ward is very fond of the Wii U and thinks that Wii U owners deserve the best version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted, which is why they have used the PC graphics assets in the Wii U game and included Miiverse support. Here’s Wards thoughts on both Need for Speed: Most Wanted on Wii U and the Wii U itself.

“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 [does], 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.”


109 thoughts on “Burnout & Need For Speed Developer Praises Both The Wii U And Nintendo”

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    1. I don’t know weather or not to get this game should I support the game?
      Isn’t kind of like supporting EA?
      I dnt like the fact that they talk bad bout the wii u
      What do u guys think?

      1. Criterion Love the Wiiu , so just forget about EA. Maybe if NFSMW does okay they will rethink their position on the Wiiu.

        Fuck EA in the ass hole. The likes of Bioware and Criterion are awesome developers though even if they are bare hugged by EA a little.

        1. Whoever support wii u = BEST

          I know right, you’re not a fanboy.
          Fact, brah. The world sucks, Wii U best!

          1. More support = More games for us to play so why not be angry if we don’t get the games. Who wants to buy another console to just play multiplat games. This ain’t xbox we want both the exclusives and the multiplatform games. There’s no problem with that

        2. At the end of the day, buying this (likely full priced) game means that EA will have your money.

          Hypocrisy among Nintendo fans…again.

          1. I admit I don’t like EA , the guys high up. But i’ve loved Bioware since KOTOR and Criterion since early Burnout games.

            I want Need for speed , If that means EGAY have to get my money so be it.

            1. You, my friend.

              The Internet should hand out prizes to people like this. The last thing I wanna do is feed a troll like him, but the amount of pure contradictions he makes over time is just astonishing.

              Anybody remember peteriuss? Maybe. Anybody care? Nope. I wonder what these people think they’re achieving.

          2. In which way is this hipocracy? If EA have pleased the fans, they deserve the money.
            If EA had delayed the finished game for 7 months for no reason, their game would most likely get a record amount of second-hand sales.

            1. The very fact that fans are pleased by “better graphics” even after EA’s nonsense is the bit of hypocrisy here.

              Then go right back to their bitching when EA screws them over again.

  1. 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’ve been trying to say that for a LOONNGG time now, but the only thing my friend’s children play are Call of Duty and Halo. Oh well, they’re missing out.

      1. Mainly two reasons: first, lack of quality motion tracking, second, the controllers, not the gamepad, but the wii motes for multiplayers. Simply put I would like the option of using the pro controller on all my games, and not worry about that nunchuk, which I don’t like.

  2. I’m surprised a developer under EA is praising something nintendo related. Also it’s funny how the people who ported high-end assets is actually the one saying it shouldn’t be about the graphics. neat

    1. He also said he wanted to make the best use of the hardware. If it’s capable of “10,000,000 polygons” then he’s going to push it to the limit. However, his point is that the number of polys (etc) isn’t the important part. It’s how fun the game is. That’s why Nintendo’s 1st party games tend to be wildly successful despite not being graphically superior or even comparable to the competition. Nintendo innovates.

  3. So agree with this guy. If only some gamers would stop being so over obnoxious about graphics and specs, maybe things can move forward within gaming communities. It’s so refreshing that a developer who actually has deals in technology – not just wannabe internet “spec-quoters” – has made the point about overall GAMING ENJOYMENT over 10,000,000 polygons, CPU, GPU this that and the other. NFSMW U Looks amazing and looks fun and I will most likely get it after I get my Wii U. Proof that the Wii U can deliver.

  4. Alex Ward is what most western developers should aspire to be. Talented and intelligent. Add humility to that and we shall be having gaming gems this generation.

    1. So in other words, anyone developer who doesn’t praise Nintendo is stupid and untalented? Am I right? Christ, the people on this site …

      1. Not entirely… it’s just that most (not all) developers who doesn’t understand about Nintendo’s hardware and focus on the graphics and CPU. Shame on you, 4A Games!

    1. Sad but true, day by day i’m considering having the Wii U as my last home console and just go straight to PC rather then PS4 or 720.

  5. Applause.. Seriously.

    Also I feel like I felt last year a few months before E3. Nintendo has a lot to prove/show. Too many doubters out there who haven’t even touched the Wii U. E3 is their chance to really make a push. And lastly…MARKETING! Where did all the commercials go? Hopefully they are shooting new ones for ALL target markets.

  6. Criterion Games are truly passionate about making Need for Speed: Most Wanted U the definitive version for Nintendo’s console… the Wii U. Alex Ward is truly one of the many Nintendo supporters from around the world. We need more people like Ward today, tomorrow, and beyond.

      1. Scumbag Unit and your pussy rider Neutron… both of you are jealous of both the Wii U and developer for an EA game who’s supporting Nintendo. You and boy retard fucking belong to each other share the basement together. U mad, troll fags?

  7. Well said, Alex Ward. I wish all developers and publishers had the same mentality as you do. The industry would be a much better place. Leave luck to heaven.

  8. hate bland gameplay, the graphics are so good, im like this game is so fun, why do you think that snes and n64 games are still fun, im not even from the snes era, i was to young to be able to play it, so it shows how i think about games

      1. “Lies! Lies! Lies! They are just putting on an act so Nintendrones will buy their awful game.”

        Yeah that is something a dad would say to convince his son he is not adopted.

      1. Jimmy, ass-hurt genius. I’m not Troll Whisperer. You’re pathetic and useless and a loser. Do yourself and your alias, S-Unit a favor and get banned. Good day, sir.

        1. Everybody knows that you are Troll Whisperer. Get off the computer and go find out about this amazing new invention called the sun.

          1. You’re getting a yeast infection from your failed attempt at trolling. I’m not Troll Whisperer and you fucking know it! Lose weight, Neutron a.k.a. Shit-Unit!

              1. I’m already enjoy great Wii U games. Thanks Jimmy Neutron. I’m already enjoying Razor’s Edge, Nano Assault Neo, Nintendo Land, Trine 2: Director’s Cut, and Zen Pinball 2. When next week comes, I’ll be enjoying playing the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate demo and when next month comes, I’ll be purchasing Need for Speed: Most Wanted U.

                And like NES Gamer says to you, Give up! You’re not funny anymore.

            1. I thought you said you were going to stop with the perverted comments? By the way, it is VERY obvious that you are indeed “Troll Whisperer”.

                1. No, he is not. He just thinks that that argument with unneeded language that just happened was unnecessary, stupid, embarrassing, and makes them look uncivilized.

  9. You sir have earned my undying respect. Much MUCH kudos to you friend. We finally got another developer who cares for just playing/crafting a good game not about the aesthetics

    1. I really hate to tell you this, Adarazz… but I have to agree with you and you’re right. The more we see developers taking full advantage of the Wii U hardware, the better. You’ve earned your respect.

  10. Support the devs. We need to support the devs and not worry who the publishers are. If we don’t start supporting the devs they have nor eason to take Nintendo hardware owners serious.
    Nintendo has the least 3rd party support of all 4 platforms it is getting better. But for once we can actually show the differences now devs no longer have the excuse of what they can’t do WiiU has it all now. So supporting devs on WiiU other devs and publishers will start to see that our money looks, smells, feels and spends the same as everyone elses. Example why Black Ops 2 still have no confirmed DLC for WiiU. The game plays amazing on WiiU but the lack of sales is probably why they wont even bother to hit at DLC only patches. And for the first time ever I am glad I got a multiplatform game on Nintendo hardware. Just hope Activision wises up as much as some Nintendo gamers.

  11. If EA EVER releases a Need For Speed: Underground 3, I will allow them THIS ONCE to reach into my pocket and take my wallet.

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