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Nintendo Upgrades Wii Games

EA Makes Minor Tweaks To FIFA 12 For the Wii, Releases It As FIFA 13 105

An article at Nintendo Gamer highlights how Electronic Arts put almost no work into the latest Wii release of their FIFA soccer game franchise, but didn't hesitate to push it out the door anyway. Side-by-side screenshots show the Wii version of FIFA 12 got some minor graphical tweaks — a different splash screen, slightly modified logos, different colored socks on the players — before being re-released as FIFA 13. From the article: "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. The Wii U version of FIFA 13 will no doubt be a fantastic game, since it’ll share a lot (if not all) of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions’ features. The 3DS version is a solid improvement over last year’s effort, and worth a look if you’re into some handheld football action. This, however – a £30 roster update – is unacceptable."
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EA Makes Minor Tweaks To FIFA 12 For the Wii, Releases It As FIFA 13

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  • by Revotron ( 1115029 ) on Friday September 28, 2012 @06:39PM (#41494841)
  • by mossy the mole ( 1325127 ) on Friday September 28, 2012 @06:47PM (#41494911)
    Disappointing football game if just a tweaked older one .... I think that's happened before []
  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's not like the game of soccer has changed much in a year. If you're buying the game for the first time get the '13 version. If you already own '12 then keep it.

    • It's not like the game of soccer has changed much in a year.

      It apparently changes enough that the old FIFA game is as as incompatible in online play with the new FIFA game as Quake III: Arena is with Unreal Tournament.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "We'll post a new review when Midway releases a new game."

  • Why do people buy EA again? They just buy out good companies to put them out of business.
    • People buy Electronic Arts games because they want football games. Electronic Arts owns the exclusive rights to make video games based on football leagues. The last time I checked, EA had multi-year exclusive licenses to FIFA, NFL, AFL, and NCAA.
      • Personally I don't care what it says on the box or what color the uniforms are -- I care more about the gameplay.

        Is that an unusual concept in sports games?

        • Would you rather play a game with your favorite team and players? Or with fake names and fake players? You have to understand a sports fan first to understand why it matters.

        • Personally I don't care what it says on the box or what color the uniforms are -- I care more about the gameplay.

          The majority disagrees with you and will choose FIFA over Mario Strikers Charged. They don't want to play football; they want to play as the home team.

      • This is basically another aspect of muscling out competition. By getting licenses that forbid competition, they make it hard for another video game company to compete.
      • Actually EA lost their exclusivity with the NCAA as part of settlement of a lawsuit. Starting in 2014 they give up their exclusive licensing, at least for a period of five years.
    • As a company, EA has lost 3/4 of its value since 2008. Down nearly 50% in the last twelve months. What went wrong? First they colluded with Microsoft to gut the PC game market in favor of locked down consoles and did fine for a while until the console market in turn began to be gutted by the shift to mobile gaming which is growing fast but is also filled with competitors and has per-unit pricing at a fraction of EA's traditional markets. Coupled with zero detectable product innovation and a shortage of heal

  • by Chewbacon ( 797801 ) on Friday September 28, 2012 @07:03PM (#41495029)
    It's why I don't buy these games often. Once you play one year, you've played every year. It takes several years for them to come out with something really new. This isn't FIFA either: NFL, MLB, etc. is the same.
  • by godrik ( 1287354 ) on Friday September 28, 2012 @07:09PM (#41495065)

    Seriously, these game barely change from one year to the next anyway. If you buy one every 5 years, you will see the difference, but that's pretty much it.

    • You have to buy the new one if you want to play with your friends. Moreover, like other people have said, they'll turn off the multiplayer servers of the older versions to drive sales of the new edition. This move is a no-brainer from a marketing perspective.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Next year the servers for FIFA '12 will be switched off, and you end up with a virtually useless game. That's how it has been going on for a while: planned obsolence.

  • This might have surprised me 10 years ago. Now? No chance. Isn't this the same business model EA already follows with it's other franchises? Make a few incremental changes, bump the number +1, release to the masses...
  • After all, they opted just to not make the latest version of Tiger Woods for the Wii at all. The last version of Tiger Woods we'll ever see for the Wii is 12 (the masters).

    Hopefully when they make it for Wii U next time they'll use more of its connectivity features.
  • Don't buy the game. Seriously, just play last year's version.
    If you really want a roster update, then pay the price. If it isn't worth it (which seems the case), then don't.

    As long as EA can make money off of this, they will. Especially if it's a considerable amount more than they'd make for actually taking time to update and create a better product.
    That's business. Maximize profits and shareholder "value"
    If customers don't by the product, profits go do, and they'll have to adapt if they want to make money

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I thought Apple patented making tweaks and re-releasing it as the next big thing.

  • EA has a habit of doing this on systems they don't like or want to support. before they killed off NHL on the PC (fuck them for that)
    they released absolutely horrible versions of the game on the PC claiming it was because of "piracy" when it was really just about terribly production values. Their last version on the PC was a PS2 port when the Xbox 360 and PS3 were getting far superior versions because EA claimed the PC was not "next generation"

    The fact that EA is a dirty lying company really isn't news.

    • by Elbart ( 1233584 )
      True, NHL 09 was just a slap in the face of every PC-hockey-fan. And then EA had the nerve to cite the poor sales figures to cancel all further PC-versions of NHL.
  • worth a look if you’re into some handheld football action

    Isn't that called rugby?

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