When I first read that EA were not going to be releasing FIFA 14 on the Nintendo Wii U I didn't really care. I've always played the FIFA series on my PlayStation video-game console. However, recently I was gifted with a Nintendo Wii U and, naturally, the first thing I did was check the eShop to try some demos. I quickly spotted FIFA 13 and downloaded it; very eager to see how this Nintendo Gamepad ultimately changes the game.
At first I wasn't impressed. FIFA 13, on the Wii U, was a slightly improved port of FIFA 12. It looked great, sounded great, and even played great... but it just wasn't FIFA 13. The revolutionary changes that EA had made to the FIFA franchise were lacking, so it felt wrong calling this game FIFA 13. Also, playing the game with the Gamepad felt a little awkward. I found it rather hard to pull off trick moves and more often than not I would always hit the wrong button when trying to pass. But, after awhile, I got used to it and things started getting better from there... much better.
FIFA 13 on the Wii U is probably one of the greatest FIFA experiences available to fans today. My biggest beef with the FIFA games has always been the disconnect you feel when you really try to manage your team. Simple decisions like changing formations or even making substitutes become a nuisance in a cluttered pause menu; the Wii U version of FIFA completely revamped this by allowing you to completely manage your team on the Gamepad, and on the fly, no less. Though managing your squad while trying your best at FIFA can be a little too overwhelming, especially when you have to keep looking at different screens, what makes this a truly amazing experience is that you can assign the management position to your friend; let him make the game changing decisions while you focus on the teams performance on the field. The Nintendo Gamepad truly lets you manage nearly every aspect of your squad, you can even change plays and set pieces by tapping on the players and dragging them to where you want them to run.
FIFA Wii U, as it shall now be known as, is an amazing FIFA experience that true fans will really appreciate. FIFA 14 on the Wii U easily had the potential to be the greatest football game ever made, and I truly think EA is making a huge mistake by neglecting the the console. It pains me. Though we will never, or not any day soon at least, get to experience FIFA 14 on the Nintendo Wii U, perhaps EA will continue with these genius and innovating features and create an app for the PlayStation Vita that will allow similar remote-play and management system on the PlayStation 4.