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6 FIFA 13 Wii U facts - how it uses the GamePad

Shoot, pass and tweak tactics on the touchscreen

FIFA 13 Wii U has been confirmed but, as revealed in the new issue of Official Nintendo Magazine, this isn't simply a port of the game that is coming to Xbox and PS3 in September. Sure, it will have improved attacking intelligence, dribbling and first-touch control plus the new Player Impact Engine but the Wii U version of the world's best football game also boasts exclusive GamePad-only features.

Read on to find out how FIFA 13 Wii U will use the GamePad. However, if you want to read our verdict on EA's new football game, make sure you read our FIFA 13 Wii U preview in the September issue of ONM which also features the first new screenshots of the game.

Note: The images in this feature are taken from the multi-format versions rather than the Wii U game. You need to buy the magazine to see the first FIFA 13 Wii U screens.

1. Touchscreen Tackling

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FIFA 13 Wii U makes it easy for players to switch between defenders as you can take control of a player by tapping on him on the Wii U GamePad's touchscreen. You can then tap on the attacking player, either to man mark him or tackle.

In many games, switching between players is done automatically, so this gives you an extra level of control. You could imagine the man marking tactics being useful when defending against top class players such as Ronaldo and Messi.

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  1. CBTIRL Wednesday 1st Aug 2012 at 08:51

    Nice to see that the touchscreen shooting is optional. Sounds like the screen will be cramped, but I love the half time team talks. Sounds awesome

  2. trigo Wednesday 1st Aug 2012 at 09:16

    i love these cool wii u only features it will hopfully get people to buy the wii u and boost its sales, because this console has much potential. i love the half time talks and the touch screen shooting i loved on fifa 12 for the 3ds.

  3. joejs16 Wednesday 1st Aug 2012 at 10:33

    Sounds pretty good, problem is everyone will buy FIFA 13 on Xbox and PS3 so it's not going to be any good online.

  4. Apple_Pie Wednesday 1st Aug 2012 at 10:38

    Im glad that the touchscreen shooting is optional, in FIFA 12 3DS it was really easy to score all the time from that

  5. 5OUNDWAVE Wednesday 1st Aug 2012 at 11:51

    fact's 4 5 and 6 sound interesting , 1 2 and 3 remind of

  6. 5OUNDWAVE Wednesday 1st Aug 2012 at 11:54

    fact's 4 5 and 6 sound interesting , 1 2 and 3 remind of subbuteo

  7. noelnen Wednesday 1st Aug 2012 at 15:04

    I'm kind of getting sick of this, every few years a new Nintendo console comes out and everyone thinks it's cool,then Sony and Microsoft copy it, and it's not cool anymore, so then another one comes out, it has been the same since the days of the arcades. I wish game developers would stop trying to be better than each other and just concentrate on creating fun games that don't need to be realistic.

  8. LOZ_01 Wednesday 1st Aug 2012 at 22:18

    im really looking forward to this. i love fifa but have had to use my ps3 in the past for a proper fifa game.
    now finally nintendo look like they are getting a full fifa title and then some!!!
    bring it on!!! 8) :D

  9. allanironmaiden Wednesday 1st Aug 2012 at 23:19

    loving the wii u only features....and the features dont seem like tacky add ons that are needless, they seem as if theyll add to the experience

  10. PappyLaroux Saturday 4th Aug 2012 at 19:42

    Does anybody know if the game can still be played in the normal method with two pro controllers/a pro controller and a gamepad-without all the touchpad stuff? Because for multiplayer, when convincing my PS360 friends to buy a Wii U, it will be kinda difficult to show them that the Wii U plays FIFA like all the other platforms, without them having to learn a load of new controls for the Wii U version. They could then learn about all this awesome stuff when they actually buy the game-rather than being put off by the unconventional controls. All I ask is that they include a conventional retro control scheme too, for multiplatform transfers and speedy multiplayer...

  11. TheAwkwardDancer Thursday 9th Aug 2012 at 14:11

    Not a fan of football, but my younger brother will be begging for this game and it looks like I'm going to enjoy this.

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