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FIFA 13′s Wii U GamePad features revealed

Friday, 2nd November 2012 15:39 GMT By Jeff Dunn

We’ve told you in the past that FIFA 13 for the Wii U may be scaled back compared to its PS3 and Xbox 360 counterparts, but today EA has announced the list of features that will be specific to Nintendo’s next-gen version of the footballer.

More specifically, the list details just how players will use the Wii U’s GamePad controller to handle the pitch. Examples include using the pad to see the field through a given player’s perspective, shaking the pad to begin a shot, and using it to watch the game unfold as your club’s manager.

Here’s the full list of features, as described by EA. Of course, the following is coming straight from the publisher’s mouth, so take everything with a grain of salt, eh?

  • Award-winning Gameplay – Enjoy the award-winning FIFA franchise gameplay, optimized for Wii-U. The Player Impact Engine delivers real-world physicality in every interaction on the pitch; Precision Dribbling brings a higher fidelity of touch on the ball for attacking players; and Tactical Defending places equal importance on positioning, intercepting passes and tackling.
  • Lift and Look – See the game from the player’s on-field perspective and enjoy creative new ways to take free kicks and penalties. Simply lift and look through the GamePad screen to aim the ball, put the perfect curve on the shot, and let fly. Look to see which teammates are positioned for more dangerous opportunities.
  • Shake and Shoot – Enjoy complete control of shooting- the most rewarding part of the game. Shake the GamePad to activate the shooting zone, touch the screen to pick a spot precisely on goal, and fire away.
  • Tap and Tackle – Take control of a specific defender by tapping on the player using the touch screen, taking all the guess work out of auto switching. Use the touch screen to man mark or tackle and opponents simply by tapping on the attacking player and watching your closest defender mark or tackle him.
  • Precision Passing – Be more creative on the pitch, making decisive passes with precision and long balls with ease utilizing the touch screen.
  • Play Together – You decide how to play-hands-on, manage, or play and manage. One player manages while up to four others play in Co-op Mode. Available in Exhibition Match, Tournaments and Career Mode.
  • Connect with Friends – Use the Friends Tab while playing the game. See friends online and invite them to play using touch screen typing and real-time messaging.
  • Complete Control – Full Team Management Control on the GamePad lets you change formations, make subs, switch player positions, change every facet of a team’s tactics, and even set man markers all without interrupting the game. Use the Interactive Radar to control all of your players on the pitch. Make your own defined defense splitting runs or get defenders to track back on defence.
  • Manage the Match – Take the reins as the manager and watch the game unfold, making key strategic real-time decisions using the GamePad. Make half-time team talks and try to motivate key players. Gamers can chose to manage the team in all of the main game modes, including Tournaments and Career, and can even intervene and take control if the outcome is in doubt.
  • Manager Hub – Analyze the match by looking at match or player specific stats to help make managerial decisions. Tap on any player to get full statistical analysis, including the opposition. See who’s having a great game or who is having a shocker. See where all the shots are being taken from to know where to strengthen or who to man mark. See a player’s performance stats and even their energy to help you make more informed substitutions.
  • Real-World Drama – Experience the same drama as real world of football, either as a player or manager, with their consequences being played out on and off the pitch in Career Mode. See storylines play out in the press, experience the emotion and urgency of Transfer Deadline Day, and discover new talent using the scouting network.
  • Go Online – Compete in ranked online seasonal play with promotions and relegations. Play 10-game seasons and earn enough points to be promoted or avoid relegation. Higher divisions mean better competition. Compete for Cups and in dynamic tournaments.
  • Touch Screen Navigation – Utilize the Gamepad to quickly select your favourite game modes and features. A much simpler and quicker way to get to the action.
  • Complete Authenticity – Over 500 officially licensed clubs and authentic stadiums from around the world.
  • HD Graphics – Stunning player models, graphics and animations in High Definition.

FIFA 13 for the Wii U will launch alongside the system on November 18 in North America, and on November 30 in Europe.

Thanks, CVG.

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  1. OlderGamer

    That seems like good stuff. I wonder if they will do this type of treatment for Madden?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. viralshag

    Personally, as someone that plays a lot of FIFA, I have no idea how you could be expected to do most of that while in game without pausing.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    Two player Madden would really benefit from two screened controllers – more so than FIFA.

    This sounds reasonable though – I’d use the managerial stuff more. Shake and Shoot sounds horrific.

    #3 2 years ago