Those paying attention earlier today may have spotted FIFA 14 in the European Nintendo Download update, which is nice. Unfortunately it's priced at €49.99 / £39.99 on the 3DS eShop in the region, which is almost as ambitious as Ubisoft's download pricing of Splinter Cell Blacklist on the Wii U eShop.
Of course, the suspicion has been that EA would simply apply a kit and roster update and leave it at that on the 3DS, as it often has in the past. This time there's no actual doubt, as the Nintendo download press release said the following about the new entry.
FIFA 14 Legacy Edition delivers unmatched authenticity that reflects the current football season with updated kits and rosters but no updates to gameplay or game modes. It features 30 officially licensed leagues, 50 real-world tournaments, and 500 authentic clubs. Play traditional matches or free your game in epic 5-v-5 street matches with 3D effects. Play as a real-world superstar or re-create yourself. Optional touch screen controls deliver pin-point shooting and passing at your finger-tips.
We're not sure calling it "Legacy Edition" does it any favours, though at least the pretence of doing any actual work on the title has been dropped. It can be argued that it's cynical to sell last year's game re-skinned, but Nintendo footie fans should be used to it now, though only EA knows why it couldn't simply re-skin last year's entry for the Wii U. After all, there is a FIFA 14 "Legacy Edition" on Wii, too.
So, who's picking up FIFA 13.5 on 3DS?