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FIFA 13 on Wii U isn't quite FIFA 13

EA's revealed that there will be a number of features missing from the Wii U version of FIFA 13.

According to the publisher, a number of gameplay features, such as the First Touch system and the FIFA Street skill system as missing from the Nintendo version.

Speaking in an interview with EurogamerMatt Prior, the producer of the Wii U version, even admitted that "we've got version one. They've [Xbox 360/PS3] got version two."

Prior said the reason the Wii U team wasn't able to include these features is because the team spent a lot of time building the foundation for the series' entry onto Nintendo's new home console.

"It was a challenge," he told the site. "Because it's something that's been written for a different machine there's a lot of work getting it to work. There are different processors, CPUs and different libraries. One of the challenges is we have to pick a point in time where the code base is stable and bring it over. That's probably the most challenging thing."

"In terms of the game, if we're making FIFA 14 on the 360, we've got a solid platform and we know what we're working on. We can devote most of our time to new features. There's nothing that needs doing. You can just build on top of it.

"With us, the vast majority of our time was building that foundation."

In addition to not including features such as First Touch, another popular feature - FIFA Ultimate Team, is also missing.

"We don't have Ultimate Team, purely and simply because Nintendo's online is in its infancy," he said. "It's building. FUT took five years to appear on 360 and PS3. They're very complex features. It's potentially something we could do further down the line. But in terms of initially getting the foundation set, that wouldn't have been technically feasible, because it is such a complex mode."

On the bright side, the Wii U version is said to be the best looking so far, while the Gamepad features, which will allow users to pass and shoot using the touchscreen, as said to work really well.

We guess it just depends if you want looks or substance really. If it's the latter then there is always next year?

Edited On 22 Oct, 2012

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s.c.g 4 years ago
While this doesn't affect me due to a general lack of interest in football games I can understand why this may frustrate some long-term players but at least the game will be out for the launch of the console complete with some interesting new features I assume.
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Dead 4 years ago
Not buying the Wii U for multiplatform games, so not really bothered, couldn't care less about FIFA anyway either.
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IAIN 4 years ago
This doesn't really surprise me. I cant remember a console that got a brilliant FIFA game that came out the same year of the console's launch. It'll take a few years to develop for the system properly
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Birdorf 4 years ago
This strikes me as really bad PR. He seems to be saying that "we want to release the game before we've really finished it, but would still like to charge you full price". He'd have been better off just not mentioning it. Best footy game will always be WWS on the Saturn, I've not played one since.
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hairyfingernail 4 years ago
I'm not suprised. I've got the PS3 version so wasn't buying this anyway. Seems a shame this could have been the definitive version.
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Rachael 4 years ago
I wouldn't buy this because i already have fifa 13 on my Xbox, but it is still disapointing that games are going to contain less content than their Xbox/PS3 counter-parts but still cost the same amount of money.
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It's just this one game, others like Batman AC and Darksiders 2 will have added content.
Dead 4 years ago
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Their reasons for missing out Ultimate team are understandable but it will still effect the sales as i reckon ultimate team is one of the main attractions for fifa these days, and that isn't even considering the amount of money that is spent on MSpoints and on the PS store for people buying packs. Nintendo will surely miss out on some cash, including mine.
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Wey1 4 years ago
shame it's not as good as the ps3 and 360 version. i guess things could be a lot worse if like fifa 07 on 360, first fifa on these set of consoles, it had just five leagues.

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