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Wii Version Of PES 2013 Looks Rather Familiar

Posted by Andy Green

Reduce, reuse, recycle

The Wii has rather awkwardly come to the end of its product life cycle at around the same time that sports franchise games emerge for their yearly updates. This has meant that companies like EA have had to ponder whether or not to bring games like FIFA to Wii, as well as the other major consoles.

Of course EA did decide to bring FIFA 13 to Wii, but when fans of the franchise got home with their copy of the game and eased the disc into their console they found something was amiss — it was the same game they bought a year ago with no changes other than a roster update. It's understandable then that these poor souls felt a little short changed. Naturally EA attempted to justify the decision to simply copy and paste FIFA 12 over to FIFA 13, saying it was important “to continue to offer fans the opportunity to play an authentic football experience on Wii”; not an argument that went down well here.

It seems EA aren't the only ones that like to dabble in a spot of copy and pasting, as now Konami has released the Wii version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 to the general public and, as you may have guessed, it's almost exactly the same as its predecessor. Surprising, considering the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions were released way back in September — we have no idea why Konami needed more than six weeks to churn a carbon copy out for Wii.

The game features exactly the same interface and menu system as last year’s iteration, and the gameplay has seen no notable changes, with the only visible modifications being kit alterations and, of course, player transfers. It's understandable that publishers want to get their games available on every console, enabling as many players as possible to buy them, but it's pretty shocking to see them con Wii owners into buying something they most likely already own. The only redeeming feature for Konami is that it's at least offering the game at a budget price — £14.99 in the UK — but that's still a lot of cash considering roster updates are typically free of charge on other consoles.

Below is a tremendously taxing game of spot the difference as put together by Nintendo Gamer; one is PES 2012 while the other is PES 2013. Good luck.


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User Comments (27)



Tsuchiya said:

Proof if proof were needed that football games are literally the same exact thing reboxed.



Praneet said:

@tsuchiya.thats always right buddy.EA is actually tge worst in stealing its konami.i cant think about the future of this industry.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Good to know. Not that i have a huge interest in these yearly sports games anyway but now there's not even a reason to get it cheap.



OorWullie said:

There is 1 noticeable difference,no Rangers in the 13 edition haha.Great choice of pics.



TheChosen said:

This is all too weird. I mean, same things happens to two football games and at the same year? I smell conspiracy.



thanos316 said:

damn konami. at least give it a minimal upgrade. well hope they not charging over 20 for this. i have come to love pes soccer. this really isn't good and makes the company look bad. they should have just skipped this game for the wii and just develop a proper soccer game for the wii u. but hey devs gotta get that money right. so i hope devs don't complain when i keep my money in my pocket.



Auracle said:

Hm, I think the grass is a little greener in the 2013 edition. This is all the reason they need to re-release the game, greener grass.



AVahne said:

Why is it that soccer/football gets this kind of treatment this year?



MegaAdam said:

These PES games had some of the best use of Wii controls anywhere. It's a shame they didn't get more publicity after the first year.



Gridatttack said:

Doesn't surprises me at all. Ive always viewed FIFA like this every time they release a version each year



FonistofCruxis said:

Looks like Konami have been just as lazy as EA. They may as well just not release the game if they're going to do this. That way they won't be ripping people off.



andrea987 said:

Fifa on Wii U for me this year, thanks. Until Konami decides to join the party. And hopefully they'll keep the PLAYMAKER control optyion from Wii, with updated graphic/modes. One can hope...



SheldonRandoms said:

Now that you mention it, all these Soccer/Football games every year are the same thing, is there something so different every year, that's why the only sports games I get are usually the Mario sports games, because those games are released once for every console, if you want a sports game, just go to a gamestop, thrift store, flea market or wherever they sell games, and there should be old sports games for like 99 cents.



Henmii said:

I am happy that I never buy these kind of games, but man: Those companies show a lot of disrespect to Wii owners!! We deserve better!!



MAB said:

I will only buy a sports game if they code in fighting and big explosions



grimbldoo said:

When I saw this article, all I could think about is the video our teacher showed us in anatomy of soccer players breaking their lower legs...

@joker94 #18
Whoa, watch yourself there. You aren't exactly in friendly territory with that statement.



RetrogamerFan said:

At least Konami aren't charging full price for this. Some of the updates on these yearly games aren't very extensive so i'm sure there must be people who only update every couple of years, in which case picking this up at budget price wouldn't be so bad. However, for those that do update every year this is a complete rip-off.



Urbanhispanic said:

Fans of these kinds of sports games are getting a raw deal, even if the new version comes with a budget price.



sinalefa said:

Haha, most likely the developers will say

"It did not sell as much as last year's. So we were right in not making a new game. People seem to be losing interest"

Kinda like Capcom, these things won't be easily forgotten by fans. I hope this gets a huge backlash so they stop these kind of things.

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