Thursday January 16 th (10AM UK) Today Codemasters® announced that F1 RACE STARS™: POWERED UP EDITION will launch today for Wii U™ and will be available exclusively from the Nintendo eShop in Europe(£19.99 / €24.99) and North America($29.99). F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION is a fast-to-the-fun arcade racing game for all ages, expanded with fantastic new content and features to take advantage of Wii U hardware, including four-player split-screen racing.

Gamers can take a look at the world of FORMULA ONE fun speeding onto Wii U by watching the launch video, now playing at http://youtu.be/4HKe6RCos08. The video shows how for the first time on Nintendo the cast of FORMULA ONE stars, including Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, come alive as personality-packed cartoon heroes using power-ups, leaping off jumps and dodging obstacles as they sprint for the chequered flag.

F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION expands the world of F1 RACE STARS with four extra tracks and nine extra accessory packs. Racing fans of all ages will experience FORMULA ONE like never before as they dodge a Truckosaurus, speed past Robo-Sumos and leap into a shark’s mouth on speedy circuits inspired by 15 iconic tracks including Monaco, Silverstone and the Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas. Game modes include a range of globe-trotting Championships, Free Play so players can dive straight into their favourite events and Time Trials for players to set the best time in their household.

New content and functionality means F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION will let players enjoy the unique advantages and gameplay options of Wii U. Features including racing as a player’s Mii and Wii U™ GamePad motion and tilt controls are integrated to use the GamePad as a steering wheel, display a map or let gamers choose to steam into the action on the GamePad.

With instantly accessible pick-up-and-play gameplay, F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION will enable players of all ages and abilities to dive straight into position-swapping, wheel-to-wheel competition. With up to 4-players competing in split-screen multiplayer, head-to-head or coming together in teams, F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION is perfect for sharing the fun with friends and family.

Available exclusively from the Nintendo eShop, F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION for Wii U is developed by Codemasters, the home of the BAFTA award-winning series of Official FORMULA ONE video games, and is created under exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One World Championship Limited. Fans can stay in touch with all the action by liking the game at www.facebook.com/f1racestars or following the team on Twitter at www.twitter.com/f1racestars.

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