Wii Version of ‘FIFA 13′ Almost Identical to ‘FIFA 12′

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FIFA 12 Review

While it could be argued that the Wii versions of many of EA Sports‘ highly anticipated franchises like Madden and NHL get a bad rap, their port of FIFA 13 for Nintendo’s console is the worst yet. In past years gamers have typically wondered what changes were made between last year’s iteration and this year’s. For FIFA 13, answering that is question really easy.

As it turns out, literally nothing was changed for FIFA 13, aside from new kits (jerseys) and rosters. A non-FIFA fan that picked up FIFA 13 might never notice these “changes,” but several attentive gamers have discovered the shameless re-packaging.

Over at Nintendo Gamer they have a full set of screenshot comparisons that show just how closely FIFA 13 on the Wii resembles FIFA 12. Needless to say, the results demonstrate that EA Sports, rather than provide a roster and kit update, tried to squeeze as many $40 purchases out of sports fans as they could.

Furthermore, this FIFA 13 rip-off further paints the franchise, and sports games in general, as the copy/paste products that a lot of gamers already see them as. It’s not uncommon for the next iteration of Madden to be referred to as the $60 roster update for Madden, and now this Wii version of FIFA 13 further perpetuates that stereotype.

FIFA 13 Wii Version

Though we may never know why EA Sports didn’t introduce many of FIFA 13‘s new features — like the realistic player faces or first touch controls — into this Wii version, our guess is it has something to do with the looming release of the Wii U. EA has been pretty bad about providing launch content for the Wii U, but they do have several of their forthcoming sports titles slated to release on the console.

We wouldn’t be surprised if the FIFA 13 that shows up on the Wii U is a more accurate representation of the FIFA 13 experience, and that this Wii version was merely a last gasp for the franchise.

Any ranters out there pick up FIFA 13 on the Wii? How do you feel about this blatant copy and paste job by EA Sports?

FIFA 13 FIFA 12 is out now for the Wii.

Source: Nintendo Gamer (via NeoGAF)


TAGS: EA Sports, FIFA 12, FIFA 13, Wii

  • Rad

    It’s not the same, they rotated the mow pattern on the pitch…

    That was, for course, sarcasm. There is a reason people think sports games are just recycled products from the previous year, because THEY ARE. This is just sad though, they didn’t even try to hide it.

  • Matt

    Things like this are why EA was voted ‘Worst Company in America.’ What EA did with FIFA 13 on the Wii just goes to show what kind of money-grubbing company EA is, whether you think Activision is worse or not. This is just unacceptable.

    • http://gamerant.com/author/dyce/ Andrew Dyce

      I don’t know if it’s fair to paint an entire multi-billion dollar publisher with a single brush based on a soccer port to the most lacking console months before its successor releases…

      • Matt

        I said “Things like this…” This obviously isn’t the only thing EA has done to earn a bad reputation.

  • http://gamerant.com/author/dyce/ Andrew Dyce

    I don’t know what’s worse: seeing this copy and paste, or being reminded of how horrible sports games look on the Wii :(

    • boogoo

      Ha, are you suggesting non-sport games look great on the Wii? Haven’t played a Wii game in a while but last I remember… not so pretty.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/FerguliosoFilms Poncho

        Have you played Mario Galaxy?

        • http://unbuildthegame.blogspot.com unbuildthegame

          It doesn’t look that great on there either. It’s got shiny colors, though, if that’s what you’re referring to.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/FerguliosoFilms Poncho

            Ouch. What I was saying was that I’m not so high and mighty as to call a game “ugly” just because it’s not as pretty as other games. Super Mario Galaxy looked great for the hardware it was on, and just great in general. In my opinion, of course. I also think A Link to the Past looks better than a lot of games, but that’s just preference.

        • boogoo

          I think “cartoon-ish” graphics are much easier to pull off though. Games like Mario and Sonic are going to be much better looking than a game like Mass Effect would be if it were on the Wii.

          • Poncho

            True. I guess if the only games you play have Mass Effect-esque graphics, they won’t look too pretty on the Wii. Well, at least all that is behind us now that we’re getting the Wii U

          • http://unbuildthegame.blogspot.com unbuildthegame

            @Poncho, yeah, now we just have to worry about the Wii U’s processing speed 😛

  • fifameister

    Why can’t EA just like package the Xbox version onto the Wii. Then just adjust the controls for it. Then, it would be way better than just changing some kits and players. This is really shit. I am about to get FIFA 14 when it comes out, but I would rather just wait until the reviews come up on Wii versions or else, I will try to buy an Xbox and sell some of my FIFA games on the wii and change them with the Xbox versions. Is that better? PLEASE EA! EA! Just do it. Put the xbox version to the wii, change the controls to the wii styles and it would be BETTER! COMON