Fifa 13 and Madden 13 for Wii U both announced
EA Sports have finally confirmed the existence of their two biggest games on Nintendo’s upcoming console. Fifa 13 and Madden 13 are both well into development and the first screenshots and details are here.
Fifa 13 for Wii U is said to feature three new ways to play; first up is a family friendly coop mode that promises to bring players of all abilities together. The idea is that “one player manages and up to four others play“, to me this sounds like the person holding the Gamepad becomes the manager and can instruct players that are using Wii Remotes & Nunchucks (or Wii U Pro controllers) what they should be doing.
Secondly comes Manage Match. A mode that let’s you become your very own Sir Alex Ferguson as you stand on the side-lines instructing your team. It appears you can manage both CPU controlled teams, as well as live matches being played by your friends. This sounds interesting, but if I know my friends – they’ll continue to play how they want rather than listen to what anyone else thinks.
Lastly is the ability to use the Wii U Gamepad for an enhanced experience when taking set pieces. EA say that “gamers can lift and look through the GamePad touch screen to aim the ball on set pieces and penalty kicks, then put the perfect curve on a shot and let it fly”. I like the sound of this because at the moment I find it really hard to take free kicks towards goal in Fifa 12. They never seem to go in! Also you can “shake the GamePad to activate Touch Screen Shooting, removing the element of ‘hit and hope’, and allowing for pinpoint accuracy”.
The details on Madden 13 are a little more scant at the moment. They obviously say it’s going to be the best Madden game ever on a Nintendo platform and that the new touchscreen features are exclusive to Wii U. So far all we really know is that the new controller is being used for “streamlined playcalling, pre-snap adjustments and personnel management“. Pretty much as you’d expect really, given the type of game and the tech at hand.
So the news is small but at least the new Nintendo controller is forcing EA Sports to think a little bit differently, the last few Fifa titles for 360, PC and PS3 have all been such subtle iterations that I feel I’ve been short-changed a bit.