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Need for Speed (abbreviation: NFS) is a multiplatform racing video game series with the first game The Need for Speed being released on August 31, 1994.

On October 21, 2009, Electronic Arts announced the franchise had sold over 100 million units, making Need for Speed the most commercially successful racing game series at the time, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted being the best selling game in the series with 16 million copies sold.[1]

Games

Game Release Meta Rank Platforms
Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed Aug 31, 1994 - 83.00%3DO, PC, PS1, Saturn
Need for Speed II Apr 30, 1997 7171.39%PC, PS1
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit Mar 25, 1998 8885.63%PC, PS1
Need for Speed: High Stakes Mar 1, 1999 8684.38%PC, PS1
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed Feb 29, 2000 7884.36%GBA, PC, PS1
Motor City Online Oct 29, 2001 73 - PC
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Sep 30, 2002 8988.01%GC, PC, PS2, Xbox
Need for Speed: Underground Nov 17, 2003 8584.29%Arcade, GBA, GC, PC, PS2, Xbox
Need for Speed: Underground 2 Nov 9, 2004 8283.50%DS, GBA, GC, Phone, PC, PS2, Xbox
Need for Speed: Underground Rivals Feb 24, 2005 7476.44%PSP
Need for Speed: Most Wanted Nov 11, 2005 8383.05%360, DS, GBA, GC, PC, Phone, PS2, Xbox
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 Nov 15, 2005 7274.13%PSP
Need for Speed: Carbon Oct 31, 2006 7878.47%360, Arcade, GC, Mac, Phone, PC, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox
Need for Speed Carbon: Own The City Oct 31, 2006 7371.00%DS, GBA, PSP, Zeebo
Need for Speed: ProStreet Nov 13, 2007 7474.83%360, DS, Phone, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii
Need for Speed: Undercover Nov 17, 2008 6564.58%360, BB, DS, iOS, Phone, N-Gage, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox
Need for Speed: Shift Sep 15, 2009 8483.59%360, And, BB, iOS, Phone, PC, PS3, PSP
Need for Speed: Nitro Nov 2, 2009 7073.31%DS, Wii
Need for Speed: World Jul 27, 2010 6263.83%PC
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) Nov 16, 2010 8988.86%360, And, iOS, PC, PS3, Win Phone
Shift 2: Unleashed Mar 29, 2011 8483.08%360, iOS, PC, PS3
Need for Speed: The Run Nov 15, 2011 6970.00%360, 3DS, PC, PS3, Wii
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) Oct 30, 2012 8686.46%360, And, iOS, PC, PS3, Wii U
Need for Speed: Rivals Nov 15, 2013 8079.00%360, PC, PS3, PS4, X1
Need for Speed: No Limits Sep 30, 2015 6772.00%And, iOS
Need for Speed (2015) Nov 3, 2015 6861.00%PC, PS4, X1
Need for Speed: Payback Nov 10, 2017 6861.00%PC, PS4, X1
Need for Speed: Edge Dec 14, 2017 6253.00%PC
Need for Speed (2019) 2019 - - PC, PS4, X1

Special Releases

Special Editions (Boxed)

Some entries in the Need for Speed series were sold through retail as boxed products with a unique edition alongside its regular boxed counterpart or re-released as a boxed unique special edition that included additional content.

Game Release Platforms
The Need for Speed: Special Edition1996PC
Need for Speed II: Special EditionNov 6, 1997PC
Need for Speed: Porsche - 40 Jahre 911Nov 13, 2003PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Need for Speed: Most Wanted Black EditionNov 15, 2005PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Need for Speed: Carbon Collector's EditionOct 31, 2006PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
Need for Speed: ProStreet Limited EditionNov 13, 2007Xbox 360
Need for Speed: Shift Special EditionSep 15, 2009PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) Limited EditionNov 16, 2010PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) EA Crew EditionHoliday 2010PC
Shift 2: Unleashed Limited EditionMar 29, 2011PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Need for Speed: Rivals Limited EditionNov 15, 2013PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Need for Speed: Rivals Complete EditionOct 21, 2014PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Need for Speed (2015) Deluxe EditionNov 3, 2015PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Need for Speed: Payback Deluxe EditionNov 7, 2017PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Special Editions (Downloadable)

Some entries in the Need for Speed series were sold with downloadable content available through online stores that would include additional content for a regular edition of a game.

Game Release Platforms
Need for Speed: Carbon Collector's Edition UpgradeNov 2, 2006PC, Xbox 360
Need for Speed: Carbon EA Downloader EditionNov 1, 2006PC
Need for Speed: ProStreet Collector's Edition UpgradeNov 13, 2007PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Need for Speed: Undercover Collector's Edition UpgradeNov 17, 2008PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Need for Speed: Nitro-XNov 15, 2010Nintendo DSi
Need for Speed: The Run - Heroes and Villains Plus Limited Edition UpgradeFeb 28, 2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Need for Speed (2015) Deluxe Edition UpgradeNov 3, 2015PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Need for Speed: Payback Deluxe Edition UpgradeNov 7, 2017PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Unique Localisations

Many games in the Need for Speed series are localised for multiple languages, but some unique localisations are re-releases that include altered content for promotional purposes in the region, are released only for a specific region, or have been edited into a region specific product.

Game Release Platforms
Nissan Presents: Over Drivin' GT-RDec 20, 1996Sega Saturn
Nissan Presents: Over Drivin' Skyline MemorialFeb 10, 1997PlayStation
Need for Speed: Underground J-TuneJun 24, 2004PlayStation 2 (JP) - Localisation of Need for Speed: Underground.
Need for Speed: Underground 2 Sha_DoJul 14, 2005PlayStation 2 (JP) - Localisation of Need for Speed: Underground 2.
Need for Speed: DuelAug 24, 2016Android (CH)
Need for Speed: Online2017PC (CH) - Localisation of Need for Speed: Edge.

Arcade Cabinets

Multiple games in the Need for Speed series have been adapted into coin operated arcade cabinets by Global VR.

Game Release Platforms
Need for Speed: GTSep 30, 2003Arcade Cabinet (USA)
Need for Speed: UndergroundSpring 2005Arcade Cabinet (USA)
Need for Speed: Carbon2008Arcade Cabinet (USA)

Virtual Reality

Some games in the Need for Speed series have been re-released for platform specific virtual reality hardware.

Game Release Platforms
Need for Speed: No Limits VRDec 15, 2015Android (Daydream)

Compilations

Various games in the Need for Speed series have been bundled together and re-released as a single bundled product for specific regions and platforms.

Game Release Platforms
The Need for Speed CollectionOct 14, 2003PC
The World of Need for SpeedJun 21, 2005PC
Need for Speed: Collector's SeriesNov 14, 2006PC, PlayStation 2
Need for Speed: Deluxe BundleDec 1, 2016PC
Need for Speed: Ultimate BundleDec 21, 2017PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Promotional

Need for Speed: Top Speed was released on October 1, 2002 as part of America Online's online-only AOL Games' First Play programming initiative. It was used to promote both MacGillivray Freeman's 2002 IMAX film; Top Speed, and the all-new Porsche Cayenne Turbo.[2]

Game Release Platforms
Need for Speed: Top SpeedOct 1, 2002PC

Films

Game Release Formats
Need for SpeedMar 12, 2014Anamorphic (2D, 3D), IMAX (2D, 3D)
Need for Speed 2TBATBA

Gallery

Trivia

  • "The Need for Speed" is a quote by Peter "Maverick" Mitchell in Top Gun, a 1986 action drama film directed by Tony Scott about United States Naval Officers training at the U.S. Navy's Fighter Weapons School. It stars Tom Cruise as Peter "Maverick" Mitchell, and Anthony Edwards as Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, whom share a line of dialogue prior to a training exercise; "I feel the need... the need for speed!"[3]
  • The Black Edition of Need for Speed: Most Wanted was released to mark the series' 10th anniversary.
  • Need for Speed (2019) will mark the series' 25th anniversary.
  • Early entries in the V-Rally series are often mistaken for being part of the Need for Speed series. They were developed and published by Infogrames, however, Electronic Arts bought the publishing rights to the series for North America and associated it with their Need for Speed brand to make up for the lacking interest for rallying at the time within the United States:
    • V-Rally, published in Europe by Infogrames for the PlayStation in July 1997 as V-Rally: Championship Edition, was published in North America by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation on November 4, 1997 as Need for Speed: V-Rally.
    • V-Rally 2, published in Europe by Infogrames for the PlayStation on June 30, 1999 as V-Rally Championship Edition 2, was published in North America by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation on November 16, 1999 as Need for Speed: V-Rally 2, and later published in North America by Infogrames for the Dreamcast on October 18, 2000 as Test Drive V-Rally.

References

  1. Article: gamespot.com (2009) Need for Speed series sells 100M, Shift moves 309K. Available at: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/need-for-speed-series-sells-100m-shift-moves-309k/1100-6237491/
  2. http://origin-www.timewarner.com/newsroom/press-releases/2002/10/01/america-online-launches-aol-games-first-play
  3. Top Gun. Directed by Tony Scott, Paramount Pictures, 1986. Film. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e2qZXoK0GI&t=4s
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