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FIFA 14 on 3DS is Officially Just a Kit and Roster Update

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

It's called "Legacy Edition"

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?

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User Comments (63)



deusy said:

I haven't given EA any money in a loooong time, and don't plan to.



unrandomsam said:

So Xbone / PS4 gets the proper new version.

360/PS3/PC get some changes.

The rest get a kit and roster update.



dizzy_boy said:

Didn't EA re-skin fifa 12 when they released 13? If so, this actually a 2 year old gane now.
No wonder people don't want to waste their hard earned cash buying EA games, they're only their worst enemy at times.



AlexSora89 said:

"Hey, those kiddy Pokémon games just add characters with each update! Go play a more serious game, like FIFA!"



DualWielding said:

I have fifa 12 for my 3DS and its actually a pretty good game, I still play it sometimes even if I also have it on the Vita, but I don't care about kit upgrades so no interest in upgrading they should offer the kit update as a dlc for people who want it instead of selling it as a new game



Koapa said:

Last time (2 months ago) I was at Saturn they was selling FIFA 13 for Nintendo 3DS for 5€ !!!
That´s price I recommend to EA



pepsiplunge said:

So they outright say that this is the same game as fifa 13 and make it the most expensive game on the eshop?
Oh EA....



fluggy said:

Don't know why they can't offer the same gameplay experience as the console (not Wii) version. Obviously graphics will be pared down but u could create a similar version. . . or not ... Given the crappy omission of dual sticks and 4 shoulder buttons (which the vita is guilty of 2)!



Peach64 said:

It's the same for Vita and PS2 versions. It's obvious they don't sell enough to make it worth the cost, and they probably don't think the Wii U one sell enough to even justify the cost of kit updates.



edhe said:

That price though - £39.99.

Are EA going to be surprised if it doesn't sell at least a million? I think they'll pretend to be, and use it as justification not to release anything else (FIFA or otherwise) on Nintendo platforms.

Personally, until EA bring their A-game, I will strive to buy EA games 2nd hand, though judging by what they have to offer, I won't be missing out.



McHaggis said:

Clearly, people are blind enough to fork out another £40 on new kits and rosters. This is why I haven't bought a FIFA game since FIFA '98.

This is living proof of greed on EA's part. They could have quite easily released this as FIFA 13 DLC instead and charged people much less for it. Instead, they deceive unsuspecting customers into thinking this is a new game, when it isn't.



Gnoll said:

I actually think they're telling it clear so we "informed" gamers stop buying it and then whining for a full year, leaving it for the kids it's actually meant for, who actually don't expect nothing but a kit change...



SammyOfMobius said:

This is pathetic. No one should waste this much cash on the same old bull crap. I'm never buying this.



Link41x said:

Will pick up second hand for sure, just to make sure that EA doesn't see a penny



Freeon-Leon said:

I think it'd be better for everyone if they didn't release those games instead of just copy-pasting and adding new names.

And that price... Are they serious?



Macarony64 said:

@Peach64 Now tell us why still it most be done this way? Sometimes you post the most intelligent commentary and others you post things like this. Do any one else use your account to post here?



Zaphod_Beeblebrox said:

Should have called it the "FIFA 14 Unprecedented Edition".

I hope I live long enough to see EA file Chapter 7. Rot in hell, EA.



Chris720 said:

Who buys FIFA anymore? I've only ever played FIFA 12 and that was beyond terrible.



Quickman said:

@Chris720 Idiots, I mean "people" still do because of the official license, EA are the only publisher to have "full rights" to every league because they have exclusive deals with a lot of clubs.

Without that monopoly they wouldn't have had the biggest selling football game for so long as even if other companies make a better football game, people still want to see all the official teams, players and kits etc.

Damn! Without those rights EA wouldn't even be allowed to call it FIFA...




Peach64 said:

@Macarony64 Why is it such a dumb comment? EA, like everyone else is in this business to make money. Based on the last couple of years, they're not expecting to make enough money from the 3DS, Vita and PS2 versions to cover the cost of porting/downscaling the console games. I know it's nice to think some of these companies are around to make us happy, but they're not, and it would be a pretty silly business decision to go ahead with a project that you know will lose you money. The alternative is no release at all, but I'm sure some people will want this, and those that don't can just leave it. On the Eurogamer article there's quite a few people asking why they don't do the same for the Wii U so obviously some people would prefer this to nothing.

@AJ_Lethal It's not something I'd do, but if people want to spend their money, then it's up to them. To some people, they could feel it's worth $40 to have everything looks the way it does when they watch it on TV. To be honest I find it far more crazy how many people on here are dropping $300 to buy a second Wii U because the new one has some gold paint around the edge of the gamepad.

@Chris720 Who buys FIFA? Quite a lot of people. The top 3 selling titles in Europe last year were FIFA 13 on PS3, FIFA 13 on 360 and FIFA 12 on PS3. FIFA 13 was also the 10th best selling game in North America.

@Cohort It's widely accepted FIFA is the best game these days. Pretty much from the early 32-bit days, up until 2009/10, Pro Evo was known as the better game, and it's sales were getting better and better, but EA kept coming out and saying they didn't like being behind Konami's game in the reviews and since 2010 have clearly been the better game.



Dyl_73 said:

Gave up on these games years ago. Just the same thing churned out year after year with a few tweaks and certainly not worth shelling out hard earned cash for. It's lazy money spinning by a company relying on the braindead idiots that repeatedly buy this crap. I don't blame them for doing it if stupid gamers carry on buying it. Same with CoD, other sports games, pokemon...



Quickman said:

@Peach64 FIFA now plays exactly the same way that PES used to so it's not like EA have done anything "revolutionary" themselves to improve the game.

You can go on about how many units the game has sold and how EA tried to change the game engine in order to make it a "half decent" football game, but it still doesn't change the fact that nobody would care about the game if EA didn't have the monopoly on a "full, exclusive" license..

Like I said before, without the official license, EA wouldn't even be allowed to call it FIFA.



andrea987 said:

They could have at least added online. But it was too much effort, I suppose. I'll stick with PES then.



thanos316 said:

damn ea really is lame. thanks a lot for the support ea. .and then they have the nerve to price it at full price.. smh



Darknyht said:

So FIFA 2012.2 has been released with the roster updates then? At least they were smart enough to admit that it is essentially what they were doing, while secretly hoping everyone forgot about last years reskin.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox said:

Please don't insult the integrity of the triple fried egg chili chutney sandwich. EA is not equal to the task of making said sandwich.

EA makes unprecedented "air sandwiches". And sells them for €49.99 / £39.99.



CaPPa said:

EA makes s#it sandwiches.

This is no surprise though, it has been EA's policy to sell the same game for several years for full price each time.

After the way they treated Wii U owners I don't buy EA games anymore. I'll only buy them used so that EA don't get any of my money. Hopefully other people will stop buying their games too and they'll take a well deserved fall.



SKTTR said:

Wasn't the Wii U version of FIFA 13 the Legacy Edition of FIFA 12?



blinkpunk02 said:

This is why for the past 10 years I've had Sony's handheld for my sports fix and my Nintendo handheld for all my other gaming needs. The GBA Maddens were fun but other than that, Nintendo sports games are atrocious.



Rei7 said:

It's not only the 3DS that has the label special edition. The Vita has it too.




MAB said:

I'm just thinking about that poor tree that was cut down to make the box for those Vita games... What a waste



Rei7 said:

@MadAussieBloke You mean the Vita isn't getting any sales right?
Problem is all those games are pre-orders and has been shipped out already. In my country there is more Vita owners then 3DS, and used games and hardware has a better reselling price for the Vita then the 3DS.



Caryslan said:

What an utterly classless move by EA towards both 3DS and Vita owners. I could maybe excuse the PS2 version just getting a roster update since the PS2's main status is now a legacy system or a key platform in developing regions.

But the 3DS is the top selling handheld on the market right now, and the Vita is still a major platform. Why can't they be given the new features alongside their console counterparts?

And if EA felt there was not enough of a market on either platform beyond roster updates, than price the games at $19.99. I still enjoy Madden to some degree, but this is an utterly classless move by EA and its them flipping the bird at Nintendo and Sony fans.

EA, this is the reason why you get put in second place when you can't buy a sport and maintain a monopoly over a license. How's the new NBA Live going?

EA should be ashamed of themselves. Do they love winning the prize for "Worst Company of the Year" that much? Because this move is not going to earn them alot of fans on the 3DS or Vita.

It's a real shame PES opted to skip the 3DS or Vita this year. I would have loved to see EA get burned for this decision.

As for me, I'll just stick with Fifa 13 on the PSP for right now.



NodesforNoids said:

It's incredibly late to say this, but at this point, FIFA 15 on the 3DS would be more like FIFA 12.3 than 14.5.
I hope Nintendo keeps EA's crap off Nintendo systems from here on out.

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