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EA Re-Releases FIFA 12 For Wii, Tries To Pass It Off As FIFA 13

Posted on September 28, 2012 AT 12:05pm

Although EA is brimming about positive first-day sales for FIFA Soccer 13, their franchise has been marred by a pretty notable controversy. Specifically, the Wii version of their new game isn’t that new.

Nintendo Gamer (relayed via NeoGAF) has a fascinating, in-depth look at FIFA 13 on the Wii—when placed side-by-side with FIFA Soccer 12, it looks exactly like the same game.

How close is the comparison? Judging by the various screenshots (provided at the bottom of this post) of the game’s interface, gameplay, and general design, it looks like EA Sports simply updated the roster and clubs, then sent it to print:

This is something that needs to be highlighted, because while it would be easy to pass it off and say “meh, it’s just the Wii version”, the fact remains that this game does still sell relatively well. This isn’t guesswork – as journalists we receive confidential sales figures and though we’re legally bound not to reveal those figures, we can at least say with confidence that FIFA 12 did pretty well for a Wii game this close to the console’s death.

That’s a pretty damning statement, and considering how well FIFA 13 has been received by most outlets, the evidence against the Wii version looks pretty conclusive.

Most likely, EA’s FIFA team did this in order to save money, time, and resources that instead went into the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and upcoming Wii U versions of the game. Although the most honest thing to do would’ve been a DLC update or simply not releasing FIFA 13 for the Wii, the reality is that the install base is too ridiculously massive for them to not capitalize on it.


Source: Nintendo Gamer

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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