In Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, gamers will race the open-world across the real world inspired cities of Chongqing, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro and Las Vegas. Players must battle it out until the finish line to prove their racing skills and earn bounty to become the most notorious Street Racer. Of course, as the player's bounty increases, the cop AI adds to the mayhem as they set up road blockades and engage in adrenaline-fueled high-speed pursuits in an attempt to take out the racers. Player's can further amp up the intensity by battling up-to-four friends via split screen. Whether it's with the Wii remote, nunchuck, the classic controller or the Gamecube controller, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit lets gamers race it their way. All this combined with fresh modes and tracks make Need for Speed Hot Pursuit one of the most exciting, heart-pounding arcade racers for the Wii.
- Career - Become the best driver on the streets by competing in races, evading cops and earning bounty. The better you perform, the more bounty you achieve which can be used to purchase and upgrade cars. There are six event types including Hot Pursuit, Eliminator, and the flat-out insanity Rush Hour mode which has the player racing against 99 other racers.
- Supe-ups - Enhance the intensity of the pursuit with eight unique Supe-Up power-up options which players can pick up and use in races to improve their vehicle's performance or to hinder opponents. These include Cruise Control, Tank, Soundwave, Boost, Repair, Deflect the Heat and Jammer.
- Cars and tracks - In Hot Pursuit, the cars go from hot to hotter. Experience the thrill of driving 33 of the world's most desirable high performance cars at incredible speeds. Feel the power of outsmarting the law in high performance supercars like the Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Gallardo and McLaren MP4-12C.
- Race the Open World - Race the open world of four cities based on the real world locations real world locations Chongqing, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro and Las Vegas. There are 20 unique tracks based in these cities with each city also being available as an open world for boss battles.