We reviewed FIFA 12 on the Wii last year and were happy with it. We felt that EA had finally got all the silly slow-mo gimmicks from FIFA 09: All-Play out of its system and had finally delivered a decent version of FIFA, albeit one that that was still limited compared to those on other systems. In no way did that mean EA could just stop there, mind you, but with FIFA 13 that's exactly what's happened.
Here's a complete list of everything that's new in FIFA 13 compared to last year's game. The squads and kits have been updated. The menu music is new. The picture of Wayne Rooney on the title screen has been replaced with one of Lionel Messi. That's it.
That isn't the sort of comic exaggeration that is often used in reviews when in reality there have been at least a few tweaks to the game engine or, at the very least, a new front end. The above changes aside, this is exactly the same game as FIFA 12, right down to the menu screens.
If EA are reading this, shame on you. This is unacceptable. You might think the Wii version is the least important member of the FIFA family, but we get the charts in every week and we know it still shifts a decent number of copies for you. You know very well that a fair amount of gamers still play the Wii version and that some of those will happily plonk down another £30 for the latest iteration, expecting at least something new to be in it.
Why should Wii owners - who already have the poorest console version of FIFA - have to pay another £30 for a roster update (because that's all this is), when owners of other consoles get it for free? It's not as if it isn't possible - had EA simply put the infrastructure in place in FIFA 12 to enable a check for downloadable content when the game starts up (as the 3DS version does), then it would have been easy. But they didn't bother.
Those last three words bring us to the crux of this issue. They didn't bother. EA knew FIFA was a popular brand and that the Wii version sold in decent (if not stellar) numbers, but when it came to providing loyal fans of the series with new features for the latest edition, they didn't bother. And we're expected us to fork out £30 for this? Take a leaf from EA's book - don't bother.