While EA has confirmed that FIFA 13 on the Wii U is actually a port of the game it claims to be, unlike the Wii and Vita versions, we are now hearing that it is not exactly up to par with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.
Speaking to Eurogamer, FIFA 13 Wii U producer Matt Prior revealed that the game is missing the FIFA Ultimate Team online mode and some of the new gameplay features like First Touch, FIFA Street, and the upgraded Player Impact Engine. Prior explained the reason for the missing content, saying:
“Some of the later improvements on FIFA 13 we weren’t able to get into the game. So we’ve got version one. They’ve got version two…”
“We don’t have Ultimate Team, purely and simply because Nintendo’s online is in its infancy. 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…”
“With us, the vast majority of our time was building that foundation.”
Considering the crunch that the developers were under to get FIFA 13 out on the Wii U in time for launch, it is somewhat understandable that it is missing a few features. With that said, EA’s been pretty consistent over the years with shorting certain versions of their sports titles on some platforms. Sadly, it looks like the Wii U version of FIFA 13 is another example of that.