The demo for FIFA 13 on the Wii U has been available in Europe and Australia for a few days at this point, but it’s now also available via the eShop in North America. The file size clocks in at 1263MB.
There’s a new, Wii U-specific trailer for FIFA 13 after the break.
There’s a video after the break with footage from both Mass Effect 3 and FIFA 13.
The folks at CVG have gone hands-on with FIFA 13 on the Wii U, and walked away with positive things to say. They believe the game to be “a confident first effort that points to FIFA having a strong future on Wii U”, going as far as to say that “once you’ve experienced the satisfaction of having all that tactical power in your hands, you’ll never go back”. Their main ambivalence is the wondering of what control systems Nintendo’s competitors will reveal over the coming months. For the moment though, the Wii U is the clear leader.
You can read the full preview for their complete thoughts.
As explained by Matt Prior, a producer for FIFA 13, there’s an ever-present “Friends” tab on the Wii U’s GamePad. You simply tap this to open a list of your friends, from which you can either invite someone to a game, or send them a message. As far as the messaging is concerned, it’s:
…much better than the 360 Live virtual keyboard where you’re moving it up and down. …we really want to connect friends and allow people to game with friends as easily as possible.
And with all this talk of friends lists, I’m thinking we’re going to need to get some football matches going between readers. What do you think?
Matt Prior, the producer of FIFA 13 has said that the game looks its best on the Wii U, sharing that the graphics “are on par (with 360/PS3) and there are a couple of features that we have been able to graphically enhance.” From there, he elaborated:
It’s not going to be miles ahead, but two things we have improved just in terms of the fidelity and quality are the pitch. If you have a look at the pitch texture there’s a lot more detail in it and we’re working on that as we speak to hopefully improve it even further.
Any improvements are fine by me. It might take a full high definition television to spot them though.
The first screenshots of FIFA 13 on the Wii U (including a look at the GamePad-based features) can be found after the break. The game itself is scheduled for the launch of the system.