It seems that despite the Wii U arriving after the launch of FIFA 13, it’ll actually have less features than its Xbox 360 and PS3 counterparts.
The biggest omission is the incredibly popular FIFA Ultimate Team mode. First Touch and FIFA Street skill also don’t make an appearance, along with the rather amusing Player Impact Engine.
“We don’t have Ultimate Team, purely and simply because Nintendo’s online is in its infancy,” said FIFA 13 Wii U producer Matt Prior to Eurogamer. “It’s building. FUT took five years to appear on 360 and PS3. They’re very complex features.
“It’s potentially something we could do further down the line. But in terms of initially getting the foundation set, that wouldn’t have been technically feasible, because it is such a complex mode.”
“Some of the later improvements on FIFA 13 we weren’t able to get into the game,” Prior added. “So we’ve got version one. They’ve got version two.”
This does tend to happen rather regularly with new hardware and multiple releases, which is a shame, but it should be remembered that the Wii U version will automatically boast features other versions don’t have thanks to its GamePad.