Excerpt: FIFA 13 on Wii U is somewhat of a contradiction because a number of great features have been added while many more have been stripped away in order to get the game ready for the console’s launch. New features that were introduced in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of FIFA 13 such as EA Sports Football Club Match Day and Skill Games are missing from the Wii U release, as are regular modes such as FIFA Ultimate Team and Online Team Play.
Summary: FIFA ’13 for the Wii U isn’t the best rendition of this year’s release for the story franchise, but it’s still quite good. The game looks great, the audio is wonderful and there are more teams, modes and stadiums than ever before. About the only downside is the very dim A.I. (even on the highest difficulty) and the fact the touch screen controls aren’t very good.
Summary: Let's get this out of the way first: FIFA Soccer 13 on the Wii U is not a straight port of the game found on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. There's no improved first-touch system, FIFA Street-inspired dribbling, or any of the tweaks made to the physics engine. And most disappointingly, there's no sign of the wonderfully addictive FIFA Ultimate Team. What you're left with is essentially FIFA 12 with a roster update and some good, and not-so-good, Wii U GamePad additions.
Pros: Exciting and satisfying matches, Touch-screen management controls are a great addition, particularly in co-op, Excellent presentation
Cons: No EA Sports Football Club or Ultimate Team modes, Older physics engine causes some odd player interaction, Touch-screen controls for passing and shooting interfere with the flow
Excerpt: Sports games available as launch titles have a notorious history for not being so great due to shorter development periods and set release dates that can't be changed. This often leaves developers at the mercy of preexisting requirements that won't allow all of the features of the new game to be introduced in a new title. However, developer and publisher EA Sports has managed to buck the trend with their new release of FIFA Soccer 13 for Nintendo's Wii U.
Conclusion: A strong core soccer sim offering with some neat Wii U Gamepad features make FIFA 13 one to think about this holiday, although you may want to see if the online community grows after the Wii U launch in Europe later this month if you expect to play online.
Excerpt: System launches are typically unkind to sports simulations, often as a result of developers being saddled with unfamiliar technology and immovable deadlines. FIFA 13 Wii U bucks that trend. EA’s flagship sports franchise makes a strong debut on Nintendo's new console, combining innovation with a proven engine that delivers in many ways. FIFA’s use of the Wii U GamePad dominates the experience.
Pros: GamePad-enabled corner kicks, Manager mode tactics screens, A full-blown, big-boy FIFA
Cons: Steep learning curve, Goal-aiming is awkward, Online is barren so far