OK, This Is What You’d Call A ‘Roster Update’

OK, This Is What You’d Call A ‘Roster Update’

The Wii may have been the worst console for sports video games ever — not “worst major,” not “worst of its generation,” flat out the worst console for sports video games. I know it had Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and that version often outperformed the high-definition consoles in reviewer scores.

But the prototypical Wii sports video games were either cartoony arcade spinoffs or cartoony afterthought ports of simulation franchises or exergaming titles, nearly all of it helping cultivate the kid’s-stuff image that console’s fans so resented.

So, from sports gamers goodbye and good riddance, Wii. I know sports developers weren’t crazy about having to develop for you, either. But that doesn’t excuse the almost spiteful release of FIFA 13, probably the last major sports game to publish on the Wii. As Nintendo Gamer points out, the thing really is the worst slur you could call a sports video game: A roster update.

Chris Scullion took several comparison screenshots of FIFA 12 and FIFA 13 and they truly appear to be the same game, just with different rosters and updated uniforms. And it costs $US30 (£30 in the UK, where Scullion is.)

“Here’s a complete list of everything that’s new in FIFA 13 compared to last year’s game,” Scullion wrote in his review of the game for Official Nintendo Magazine UK, the only outlet to review it so far (nearly everyone gave up on reviewing sports titles on the Wii. You can’t find a Metacritic average for any title published in nearly a year).

“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,” he says. “That’s it.”

You really get a game no different than FIFA 12, so if you’ve got that on the Wii, a) God help you and b) save your money for a Wii U, or some other console that plays a proper game of football.

FIFA 13 Wii vs FIFA 12 Wii — The shocking truth [Nintendo Gamer. Images by Nintendo Gamer]


  • Just putting it out there…as an ignorant FIFA non-player but an avid NHL player, but isn’t a roster update essentially what happens every year anyway? Recent entries excluded, where I’m told the series really has been revamped, all of the ps2 generation FIFA games were just reskins for world cups etc, this news doesn’t surprise me… Besides, it’s the wii, a console no full-on FIFA fan will buy it for, to the best of my knowledge.
    My two cents.

    • … And we’ll be putting your two cents in the incorrect jar. Far more than a roster update these days. As a NHL-non player and an avid FIFA player, I could say the same thing about the NHL franchise, but I realise that would be silly on my behalf, because why would a roster update increase in sales every year?

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