List of Need for Speed video games

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The Need for Speed video game series is published by Electronic Arts. Games in the series were primarily developed by Canadian developer Distinctive Software, which became known as EA Canada from 1992 to 2001.[1] They were later primarily developed by Canadian developer EA Black Box for a period of the series' history from 2002 to 2011. After a stint with several game developers (including British developer Criterion Games) from 2009 through 2012, the series is currently being handled by Swedish-British developer Ghost Games, whose debut title Need for Speed Rivals was released in 2013.

The series debuted with The Need for Speed in North America, Japan (under the Over Drivin' title through High Stakes), and Europe in 1997. Need for Speed is a series of racing video games where the main objective is to win races in a variety of game modes, in the process eluding traffic and police. Aftermarket customization of video game vehicles was an aspect first introduced by the Need for Speed series after the release of the film, The Fast and The Furious; the feature was included in every Need for Speed title developed by EA Black Box from Need for Speed: Underground through Need for Speed: Undercover.[2]

The NFS series is among the best-selling video game franchises with 100 million copies sold.[3] Electronic Arts considers one of the reasons the series has remained so popular is because "the series has long been an ever-evolving franchise, one that changes up its focus, mechanics and style every couple of years."[4]

Main series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[5]
  • EU March 20, 1996
  • JP April 19, 1996
  • NA May 27, 1997
Release years by system:
Notes:
  • Developed by Pioneer Studios and EA Canada.
  • A special edition of the game was released later in North America in 1996 for PC.[10]
  • The game was released in Japan as Over Drivin' DX.[11]



Original release date(s):[12]
  • NA March 31, 1997
  • EU May 1997
  • JP July 3, 1997
Release years by system:
1997 – Windows,[13] PlayStation[14]
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Canada and EA Seattle.
  • A special edition of the game was released on November 6, 1997 in North America for PC.[15]
  • The game was produced in Japan as Over Drivin' II.[16]



Original release date(s):[17][18]
  • NA March 25, 1998
  • EU April 1998
  • JP September 23, 1998
Release years by system:
1998 – Windows,[19] PlayStation[20]
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Canada and EA Seattle.
  • The game was released in Japan as Over Drivin' III: Hot Pursuit.[21]



Original release date(s):[22]
  • NA March 1, 1999
  • JP June 17, 1999
  • EU March 30, 1999
Release years by system:
1999 – Windows,[23] PlayStation[24]
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Canada and EA Seattle.
  • The game was released in Japan as Over Drivin' IV.[25]
  • The game was released in Europe and Brazil as Road Challenge.
  • First game to feature a damage model.



Original release date(s):[26]
  • NA February 29, 2000
  • EU June 29, 2000
Release years by system:
Notes:
  • Developed by Eden Games, EA Canada, and Pocketeers.
  • Also known as Need for Speed: Porsche 2000 in Europe, and Need for Speed: Porsche in Germany and Latin America.
  • Last game in the saga to be released for a fifth-generation console.



Original release date(s):[30]
  • NA October 2, 2002
  • EU October 25, 2002
Release years by system:
2002 – GameCube,[31] PlayStation 2,[32] Windows,[33] Xbox[34]
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Black Box and EA Seattle.
  • First game in the series to be released for the major sixth generation consoles.



Original release date(s):[35]
  • NA November 17, 2003
  • EU November 21, 2003
  • JP December 25, 2003
Release years by system:
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Black Box.
  • First game to take place in a generic city.



Original release date(s):[42]
  • NA November 15, 2004
  • EU November 19, 2004
  • JP December 22, 2004
  • AUS July 27, 2005
Release years by system:
2004 – Game Boy Advance,[43] GameCube,[44] Mobile,[45] Nintendo DS,[46] Windows,[47] PlayStation 2,[48] Xbox[49]
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Canada.



Original release date(s):[50]
  • NA March 14, 2005
  • EU September 1, 2005
  • JP February 24, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Black Box.
  • First Need for Speed released on PlayStation Portable, only available on PlayStation Portable.



Original release date(s):[51]
  • NA November 15, 2005
  • EU November 24, 2005
  • AUS November 25, 2005
  • JP December 22, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – Game Boy Advance,[52] GameCube,[53] Mobile[54] Nintendo DS,[55] Windows,[56] PlayStation 2,[57] PlayStation Portable,[58] Xbox,[59] Xbox 360[60]
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Black Box.
  • First game in the series to be released for the Xbox 360.



Original release date(s):[61]
  • NA October 31, 2006
  • EU November 3, 2006
  • JP December 21, 2006
  • AUS December 26, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 – GameCube,[62] Mobile[63] Windows[64] / Mac OS X,[65] PlayStation 2,[66] PlayStation 3,[67] PlayStation Portable,[citation needed] Wii,[68] Xbox 360[69]
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Canada and EA Black Box.
  • Last game in the series to be released for the GameCube, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance; first game to be released for the Wii and PlayStation 3.
  • To date, the only one released for Mac OS X



Original release date(s):[70]
  • NA November 14, 2007
  • AUS November 22, 2007
  • EU November 23, 2007
  • JP January 31, 2008
Release years by system:
2007 – Mobile,[71] Windows,[72] Nintendo DS,[73] PlayStation 2,[74] PlayStation 3,[75] PlayStation Portable,[76] Wii,[77] Xbox 360[78]
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Black Box.



Original release date(s):[79]
  • NA November 18, 2008
  • EU November 21, 2008
  • JP December 18, 2008
Release years by system:
2008 – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Windows, Mobile
Notes:
  • Developed by EA Black Box, Exient Entertainment, and Firebrand Games.
  • Last game in the series to be released for a sixth generation console.
  • First to be released for iOS.



Original release date(s):[80]
  • NA September 15, 2009
  • AUS September 15, 2009
  • EU September 17, 2009
  • UK September 18, 2009
  • JP November 12, 2009
Release years by system:
2009 – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Windows, Mobile
Notes:
  • Developed by Slightly Mad Studios and EA Bright Light.
  • Last game in the series to be released for the PlayStation Portable.



Original release date(s):[81]
  • NA November 3, 2009
  • EU November 6, 2009
Release years by system:
2009 – Wii, Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • Developed by Firebrand Games and EA Montreal.
  • Nintendo platform exclusive.



Original release date(s):[82]
  • NA July 27, 2010
  • EU July 27, 2010
      Release years by system:
      2010 – Windows
      Notes:
      • Developed by EA Singapore.



      Original release date(s):[83]
      • NA November 15, 2010
      • EU November 26, 2010
      • AUS November 26, 2010
      Release years by system:
      2010 – Nintendo DSi
      Notes:
      • Developed by Firebrand Games and EA Montreal.
      • First downloadable, portable Need for Speed title.
      • The game is also available for the Nintendo 3DS by extension, via Nintendo eShop.



      Original release date(s):[84]
      • NA November 16, 2010
      • EU November 19, 2010
      Release years by system:
      2010 – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Wii
      Notes:
      • Developed by Criterion Games.
      • Unlike HD versions, which were ground-up developments, Wii version used recycled tracks from Need for Speed: Nitro.



      Original release date(s):[85]
      March 2011
      Release years by system:
      2011 – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
      Notes:
      • Developed by Slightly Mad Studios.



      Original release date(s):
      November 2011
      Release years by system:
      2011 – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Wii, Nintendo 3DS
      Notes:
      • Developed by EA Black Box.
      • Last Need for Speed made by Black Box Studios



      Original release date(s):
      • NA October 30, 2012
      • EU November 1, 2012
      Release years by system:
      Notes:
      • Developed by Criterion Games.
      • First game in the series set to be released for an eighth generation console. First in the series on the PlayStation Vita and Wii U.



      Original release date(s):
      • NA November 15, 2013
      • EU November 21, 2013
      Release years by system:
      2013 – Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
      Notes:
      • Developed by Ghost Games and Criterion Games.



      Original release date(s):
      Release years by system:
      2015 – iOS, Android
      Notes:
      • Developed by Firemonkey Studios.



      Original release date(s):
      • NA November 3, 2015
      • EU November 5, 2015
      Release years by system:
      2015 – Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
      Notes:
      • Developed by Ghost Games.


      Other games[edit]

      Title Details

      Original release date(s):[86]
      • NA September 30, 1997
      Release years by system:
      1997—PlayStation,[87]
      1999—Game Boy Color,[88] Nintendo 64,[89] PC (Windows)[90]
      Notes:
      • The game was originally produced by European based company Eden Studios, however, Electronic Arts bought the rights to the title of the game and produced it in North America under the NFS banner.[91]



      Original release date(s):[92]
      • NA October 31, 1999
      • JP January 27, 2000
      Release years by system:
      1999—PlayStation,[93]
      2000—Dreamcast,[94] PC (Windows)[95]
      Notes:
      • The game was released as V-Rally Championship Edition 2 in Europe and Japan.[96][97]



      Original release date(s):[98]
      • NA October 29, 2001
      Release years by system:
      2001—PC (Windows)[99]
      Notes:

      This game was originally produced by Electronic Arts as a spin-off to the Need for Speed series, though, it was later confirmed that the game was a part of the series. Shut down on October 29, 2003.[100]


      There were also two Japanese only titles: Over Drivin' Skyline Memorial for the PlayStation and Nissan Presents Over Drivin' GT-R for the Sega Saturn. They are different versions of the first Need for Speed.[citation needed]

      See also[edit]

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