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FIFA 13 on the Wii U GamePad: Hit or miss?

We test out the GamePad modes to see if they work

If you've played FIFA 12 (not the Wii version!) , you should already know that FIFA 13 Wii U plays a great game of football. Yet even though it doesn't feature the latest Xbox 360 and PS3 updates such as the first-touch control system, FIFA 13 Wii U is still the best football game on a Nintendo console ever.

Of course, it wouldn't be hard. Seeing as PES snubbed GameCube, there arguably hasn't been an essential football game on a Nintendo console since International Superstar Soccer on the N64. Not one that doesn't feature crocodiles as goalkeepers anyway.

It may lack all the features of the latest versions on other consoles but it has got one thing in its favour: The Wii U GamePad. With this new controller, you can shoot, pass and move your players off the ball. You can also take charge of the team in Manager mode. These new features could be seen as gimmicks but having played FIFA 13 on Wii U, it is time to look at how these GamePad modes work and if they improve the experience or are they gimmicks.


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How it works: When you are in a position to shoot, you have to press R or shake the GamePad. This brings up a net on the Wii U GamePad's touchscreen and then you simply need to tap on the net to direct your shot, keeping your finger on the screen to add more power.

Does it work? Tapping a big goal on the screen to score a goal sounds like it should be a mode that makes it easier to score but for those used to playing FIFA games, it actually seems harder than pressing a button as you have to look down at the screen to tap the net before looking up and seeing if it went in.

In a recent FIFA 13 Wii U interview, we were assured by FIFA 13 producer Matthew Prior that you do become accustomed to it as, like all great strikers, you'll know where the goal is after a while and won't even need to glance down to shoot. Indeed, he said that his team of developers have been scoring amazing goals with the GamePad without looking at the Wii U controller.

Still, when you're in a crowded six-yard box and quickly need to put the ball in the net, it would take longer to press a button and tap the screen. By then the chance could be gone. Having said that, if you do get it right, it does enable you to place your shots more accurately and makes it more realistic.

For example, in FIFA games, if you are sprinting towards the goal at an angle and shoot it's easy to put it wide but if you check your run and move so you are running parallel to the goal, it is easier to score. That is a bit ridiculous when you think about it as you don't see many strikers doing that in real life.

Yet on the GamePad, you don't need to worry about that as you just tap on the position that you want to ball the travel. I actually scored with my first attempt, a dink over the keeper high into the net which I'm sure I wouldn't have done had I simply pressed a button.

So you'll need to get used to it and there are times when shooting by pressing the buttons will work better and other occasions when you'll want to use the GamePad. What is clear is that it's immensely satisfying when you score with the touchscreen as it really feels like you're in control of the shot. As a result you can see it becoming addictive.

The verdict: Hit

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  1. 5OUNDWAVE Tuesday 23rd Oct 2012 at 18:08

    the free kick feature is the best 1 , the rest suck , give me a normal controller any-day of the week , i prefer it if ur pass's and shot's don't alway's go where u want them 2 , the touch screen shooting and passing it's just another form of cheating to me , plus fifa's all style and no substance , next year pro evo will reclaim it's crown with it's newly revamped game engine , it lost this generation's war but will win the next , plus ea have paid stupid amount's of money for team licence's , buying the competition me think's , rant over

  2. Philip Jonesy Wednesday 24th Oct 2012 at 10:27

    Can't waite for this game :D it sounds really good. I will be geting this on launch Day now thanks ONM.

  3. andrea987 Wednesday 24th Oct 2012 at 11:23

    Will be buying this for sure.

  4. KairiZero Wednesday 24th Oct 2012 at 11:53

    This version seems to be shaping up rather nicely! Quite like the idea of placing shots with the gamepad, although I do hope it won't make it too easy to score, because the other core console versions of fifa 13 are quite solid in that respect!!!

  5. HRHwiiboy101 Thursday 25th Oct 2012 at 18:13


    yes i get the EA sports gay games on wii point,, i get the DUMB support anger,, but what im about to say is 100% fact based AND IL PROVE IT !!!!!NOT FANNING PES ONLINE/NOT FANNING THE PS2 GRAPHICS/ IM NOT SAYING THAT WHAT IM SAYING IS THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

    only wii has a next gen football game and thats a FACT :mrgreen:

    when you play fifa or pes on x360 or ps3 you are playing the same out dated mechanics and build as say ISS64 football game ON N64 or fifa on ps1 or ps2 its the same 3 gen old even 4/5 gen old FOOTBALL VIDEOGAME CONCEPT... its not next gen just because the graphics got better, and the tv show like presentation the game its self the core gaming mechanics are older than my eldest son HIS 21 BY THE WAY

    when i play pes wii or anyone else on this earth for that matter, what do they have before them a game that SOOOOOOO REVOLUTIONIZES videogame football that i simply look side ways at HERP DERPS and there fifa or pes on x360 and ps3

    to even for a mili second to think thats CORE GAMING or NEXT GEN is beyond HERP DERP

    in wii PES you control the whole team in RTS meets traditional control set up that is so far advanced against fifa or pes on x360 and ps3 to even consider playing them i find HORRENDOUSLY DERP :roll: :roll:

    im controlling 11 players at the same time in real time on wii with PLAYMAKER CONTROLS not one guy at a tiome like iss 64 was YEARS AGO as nintendo fans surly you see this if you dont then im scared because i just found out other nintendo fans are in fact DERPS like the ps3 AND x360 fan farts

    there simply is no comparing between football on ps3 and x360 and pes wii wii pes is light years ahead end of argument

    control 11 players in highly advanced ways VS control 1 at a time like ps1 was HOLD ON A SECOND ARE YOU NOT SEEING MY POINT

    il await pes wiiu as they will build to the wii remote and nunchuck and also the gamepad screen not the old azz way of n64 ps1 like football witch x360 and ps3 are still stuck with too this day IT AINT NEXT GEN ITS REPEATING THE SAME OUT DATED NONSENSE AS EVERY SINGLE YEAR

    the level of advanced play in pes wii is of the flaming chart compared to DUMBED DOWN CASUAL FIFA thats what fifa is CASUAL FOOTBALL FOR CASUAL THINKING GAMERS

    pes wii is highly advanced and skilled play FOR REAL GAMERS theres simply no contest when i play pes /fifa on ps3 its like im playing a ps1 game in HD someone please explain why anhy inteligent person would even do that :roll: :roll: :wink:

  6. Lew3107 Friday 26th Oct 2012 at 09:49

    ^Your point makes absolutely no sense. And I can't take you seriously when you're constantly writing "HERP DERP" and capitalizing words for no reason. And your real gamers point? Who decides what "real gamers" play? In fact, define a real gamer and what games they play, because for all this time I stupidly thought that people had different opinions on what games they like. You're so horribly wrong if you think that PES on Wii is the only next generation football game, because that, like FIFA, barely changed with each game. Now on the 360/PS3, FIFA and PES games don't feel like their predecessors. FIFA 10 is completely different to FIFA 12, and PES 2008 is nothing like PES 2011. Your point is not 100% fact, I'm not even sure if that hits 20%.
    I don't know whether you're being serious or not, but I hope that post was a joke. If not, you're coming off as close-minded. It just seems like you don't want to admit that the Wii was the worst home console for football games this generation. Face the facts sir, it was by a country mile.
    Anyway, I'll be getting this for 360. It's missing too many important features for me to get it on the Wii U. Maybe I'll pick up FIFA 14 if everything is how it should be.

  7. HRHwiiboy101 Friday 26th Oct 2012 at 14:37

    control 11 with rts pointer mouse and traditional analog and buttons IN REAL TIME

    or pess buttons and analog a single player at a time SO 11 X MORE PLAY dont make sense lol at trying to defend OUT DATED GAMING

    the dribble system on wii via the pointer utterly destroys the standard run and dribble the abilty to control bring into play any player on the pitch IN REAL TIME the ability to set up pass and move into 2 3 4 passes ahead UTTERLY DESTROYS THE 1 PLAYER AT A TIME NONSENSE ON PS3 AND X360

    the playmaker run and make space systems the ability to run and sprint then instantly ho into the advanced dribble mode via the wi remote pointer is a god sent

    the ability to point and drag any player in the team at any time in real time is amazing the ability to drag into play as many players as you like then pass the ball on or long ball it and who evers closest automatically comes live and becomes the controlled player as he approaches the ball the advanced free kick and set pease systems THAT NEED SERIOUS IMPROVEMENT


    its like fps the only people against wii remote and nunchcuk are THOSE TO STUPID TO LEARN IT

    fps on a twin stick IS CASUAL DUMED DOWN AUTO ASSIST GAMING same applys to football wii rempote and chuck destroys it ENGINEERING FACT PHYSICS FACT RTS FACT

    lol at bash a button and twiddle a stick MAKES YOU A CORE GAMER pes wii has gameplay and interaction and team control LIGHT YEARS A HEAD OF BASH A BUTTON LOL

  8. robbiebob Friday 26th Oct 2012 at 20:42

    Well, loss of modes surprising and disappointing I was expecting it to be top notch to the other format versions however the free kick and penalty system is incredible to me it makes up for the loss of content. The graphic look gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!

  9. 1steagle Sunday 28th Oct 2012 at 07:55

    woudnt your neck get sore with all the down up down up :?:

  10. KairiZero Thursday 1st Nov 2012 at 12:51

    You do realise your lack of punctuation and over-reliance on capital letters is proving how much of an idiot you are. None of your posts made any sense, and if you honestly think the Wii versions of the football games (I think thats what you're trying to claim, I had trouble deciphering) were superior editions of them, then you must have been dropped on your head as a baby. You can turn all the assist features off anyway, so it does require precision regardless of whatever platform you're playing the game on.

    ......Seriously....where do these mongoloids come from?

  11. pokemaniac 212 Thursday 1st Nov 2012 at 13:48

    @HRHwiiboy, if you want to be taken seriously as a member, please stop abusing caps lock, and repeating phrases like "herp derp", and preferably post in a way which makes sense. Clearly the post here was intended to be trolling, which isn't accepted on this forum, so I would suggest that you stop trolling unless you wish your stay on these forums to be a very short one.

  12. GuitarHero Thursday 1st Nov 2012 at 14:45

    Fifa 13 on Wii U is an inferior version of Fifa 13 to other console versions (bar the Wii). Lacks Ultimate Team, lacks update to established features, lacks new features (i.e. First Touch System).

  13. andrea987 Thursday 8th Nov 2012 at 23:53

    Fifa 13 on Wii U is an inferior version of Fifa 13 to other console versions (bar the Wii). Lacks Ultimate Team, lacks update to established features, lacks new features (i.e. First Touch System).

    It does have other features that ps/360 are lacking though, better graphic and less glitches, as it will be basically the 12 engine with updated kits. For once they're making an effort on a Nintendo console, it's also a launch game (tight on time, then), let's cut them some slack, lol!

  14. Luke Hayes Friday 18th Jan 2013 at 09:29

    It would be a hit.

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