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FIFA 15 Is Lacing Its Boots For A Wii And 3DS Appearance, But Is Skipping The Wii U

Posted by Damien McFerran

Foul play

EA has revealed that it is releasing a stripped-down version of FIFA 15 for the Wii and 3DS, but won't be bringing its best-selling soccer series to the Wii U.

FIFA 15 will hit next-generation machines with a host of new features, but the publisher has stated that versions for older systems won't come with the same amount of content:

A version of FIFA 15 will also release on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system this Fall. Not all game features are available on all gaming platforms.

This is in line with previous "Legacy" editions EA has released on the Wii and 3DS, which amounted to little more than the previous year's game with new kit designs.

It's an odd choice on one level, but understandable — there are still millions of Wii consoles in active use, many more than there are Wii U systems. FIFA 13 was the last title in the series to grace Nintendo's current domestic console, but FIFA 14 skipped the machine following "poor sales" of its forerunner.

[via news.ea.com]

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User Comments (126)

kenzo

#5

kenzo said:

EA knows a FIFA game for WiiU would be superior than PS or XBOX.

Because the gamepad would allow better tactical view and control of the game, and thereafter EA could not do a lazy and convincing backport to those other consoles.

In order to save face and its profits EA has slammed the Wii U instead.

Looks like its back to Mario Strikers and Rayman Legends Kung Foot.

S-Miyahon

#6

S-Miyahon said:

Happier but off topic news: MK8 is in second position in the individual charts in UK this week :)

DESS-M-8

#7

DESS-M-8 said:

Dearie me, EA are silly.
I wouldn't have bought it anyway. Madden and NHL I would day one buy, but if FIFA ain't coming, Madden and NHL definitely arent

jenkje

#13

jenkje said:

EA will regret this as Nintendo is the only hardware/software company to survive looking five years ahead...

FullbringIchigo

#15

FullbringIchigo said:

I still don't get why they are saying bad sales off the Wii U is the reason it's not coming to the console even though the Wii U has sold more world wide than the XBOX ONE so if it's about sales then shouldn't they be skipping the xbox then?

Goginho

#16

Goginho said:

They just don't want to put in the effort and make something useful with the GamePad, which has a lot of potential here. That's all I can assume :/

DualWielding

#17

DualWielding said:

Simple, the Wii U sales are just not bad, but whatever sales the Wii U has are concentrated in Japan and USA, Fifa does not sell in Japan because the Japanese league and the Japanese National team are the two exclusive licences Konami actually owns, so PES sells better them, and football is not that popular in the U.S. Wii U is virtually a non entity in Most European and Latin American markets which is where the game would sell best

wayneyrob22

#19

wayneyrob22 said:

the gamecube sold around 19m in a six year period, ea released loads of games, i guess something deeper lies within, an argument with nintendo maybe, it`s catch 22 no fifa less sales, they are just updates really but they are always no 1 in charts, a big loss for nintendo whatever the reasons.

WalupeachyTime

#20

WalupeachyTime said:

And to think indie devs are more willing to develop for the Wii U than multi-million dollar companies. For goodness sake, EA.

Peach64

#23

Peach64 said:

Not sure how anyone can honestly believe this is stupid. Putting out a Wii U version is guaranteed to lose them money. Any business person that gives that the go ahead works be the one with dubious decision making.

Morph

#25

Morph said:

The irritating thing is if they released a proper version for wii u, I would definitely buy it, but until they do then I wont buying it on any format. So another year and no fifa for me.

Kyloctopus

#28

Kyloctopus said:

Some people should learn not to take this news emotionally. If you really don't care for EA, don't bother with this article.
First of all, this is not a dumb business move, because they really don't have to change the game, and Fifa fans will still buy it, from the bandwagon effect Brazil 2014 will give off.
Plus, this may be hard to believe, but alot of families still own and play a Wii. Hence why Skylanders Swap Force and Disney Infinity sold well on the Wii last year.
@jenkie What makes you believe that? Especially with Nintendo's 3 straight years off profit loss and new focus on a QOL system? The Playstation 4 has just topped the Wii U in sales and Xbox are on the way. I think in 5 years, the PS and Xbox line will stay intact.
Plus, how should that idea affect whether or not EA should release their game on a currently failing console?

CaviarMeths

#29

CaviarMeths said:

Yeah, really not that stupid. FIFA 15 on Wii U would sell about zero copies, give or take.

jenkje

#31

jenkje said:

@Kyloctopus

I believe Microsoft and Sony's core business will struggle the next five years, so X-Box and Playstation will be sold out or closed down. In two years we will know...

Nintendo has no other core business...

ScorpionMG

#32

ScorpionMG said:

did anyone expected them to release it on wii u? seriously? after nintendo declined the origins we haven't seen an EA game for wii u since (only mass effect 3, fifa 13 and most wanted u) but that's it. Same thing happened with fifa 14, came on wii and 3ds

AJ_Lethal

#33

AJ_Lethal said:

The worse thing is not that they are not releasing the game on Wii U, but that they are literally recycling a 3-4 year old game and charging full price just for a updated roster.

Disgusting.

Farmboy74

#35

Farmboy74 said:

I can understand it from a business point of view, but how many copies of the Wii version are they expecting to sell?

danjohnson141

#36

danjohnson141 said:

This sucks, i still play fifa 13 on my wii u and even a updated version wud have done me! Come on Konami please see a whole in the market now...

Starwolf_UK

#37

Starwolf_UK said:

I'm surprised the PS2 version is no longer made (and that the Vita version sells at all) as it has a niche outside of Europe. I guess in Europe people who didn't move on to 360 or PS3 moved onto Wii.

Takerkaneanite6

#39

Takerkaneanite6 said:

1.Seems legit 2.The only Fifa game I have ever played was Fifa 10 on Wii, it cost £5 and was terrible, I only put 10 minuites into it 3.It's EA, what do you expect..............

HugoSmits

#41

HugoSmits said:

This is probably a unpopulair opinion, but I think it’s great what EA is doing. It’s not their fault the WiiU has such as small userbase, that’s something Nintendo should solve.

You cannot expect a public company to invest into a platform or product they cannot make a profit on.

This however does show that Nintendo is moving in the right direction; because one of the biggest third party developers/publishers is back on the system!

CaviarMeths

#42

CaviarMeths said:

@jenkje What makes you think Microsoft is failing? Their operating systems and software have an astronomical market share. Almost every office in the world uses them.

And Sony is still very profitable, especially with Sony Financial and Sony Entertainment Network. The only Sony products/services that struggle is their TVs and PCs, the latter of which they no longer manufacture.

Riptide515

#43

Riptide515 said:

EA is seriously dumb!
I wouldav bought fifa15 day one if it came on the wiiU. now im starting to hate EA!

JosieC84

#44

JosieC84 said:

Haven't played a FIFA game since PS2 and not planning on getting it newer systems.

heyzeus002

#45

heyzeus002 said:

Shame really.say what you will about ea but they do make a very good football game.the thing that annoys me is that they released fifa 13 on the u and then not the subsequent ones citing poor sales but don't seem to understand that most wii u owners aren't stupid and didn't buy it as it was fifa12 but with new kits. Which as someone above says is disgusting behaviour and one of the reasons why I cant wait to see the fall of ea.

Mahe

#46

Mahe said:

Last year, Wii still sold more games than Wii U, even with Wii U getting all of Nintendo's backing as well as more third-party games. EA operates for profit, and it's simply not there on the Wii U.

TruenoGT

#48

TruenoGT said:

Kind of surprised they wouldn't just release it on the eShop and call it a day, especially if they could just roster update the 13 version of the game. Oh well, EA's eShop support is pretty dismal anyway (NFS still $60? Really?)

El_Scorpio

#49

El_Scorpio said:

FIFA on 3DS is enormous garbage... Do not even think about buying it! It's a direct port of FIFA 06 or 07 for PSP with few new modes. However the last 3 editions are exactly the same without any new content. Graphics are really ugly, gameplay too easy and overall feeling is just bad. If you want to play football on 3DS choose Pro Evolution Soccer (2012 or 2013). That game is excellent!

Mk_II

#50

Mk_II said:

Frankly, who cares about FIFA anymore? In my opinion it's just shovelware nowadays.

MrGawain

#52

MrGawain said:

There are 6 million+ owners of Wii U in the world, and if you said 5 percent of them would be willing to buy the new FIFA, that's 300,000 sales that EA are missing out on.

Frankly, now they're only hurting their own business, which actually makes me happy.

theBluntKnight

#54

theBluntKnight said:

Oh no EA games for wiiU. I might have bought one or two if they had interesting gameplay experiences to offer. Ah well that is cash that can be spent on other things. I just recently bought a cheap copy of fifa 13 to practise on for when I play it on PS3 at my friend's place.

the FIFA series is decent enough but not enough to make me want to grab an xbone or ps4. However if Konami got their heads out of their asses long enough to make a good PES game for WiiU I would seriously consider buying it. they wouldn't even have to do a yearly rerelease like EA does every two, three or 4 years would be ok if they can do online upgrades and expansions with out being dicks about it.

andrea987

#55

andrea987 said:

So Wii and 3DS re-skinned versions lacking online and UT, and the one where they should have actually made some work (still a lot less than PS4/X1, though), the U version, they won't consider it? Yeah, that sounds like EA.

dumedum

#56

dumedum said:

It is a stupid business decision by ea no doubt. There is profit to be made on Wii u if you do it right like nintendo.

TheRealThanos

#57

TheRealThanos said:

@HugoSmits They're not "back". EA was never gone on the Wii. Fifa games have been brought out nearly every year and they were all garbage. So nothing to celebrate really.

BassLostie

#58

BassLostie said:

I'm from Chile, and let me tell you that FIFA and PES series, are the top sellers for PS3 and Xbox 360 here. But everyone who plays online, create USA accounts because for many Latin American countries the eShop benefits (or PS Network in the case of Sony consoles) or the access to buy is NOT available. So, we create american accounts and buy prepaid cards with dollars.

Marshi

#60

Marshi said:

And this is why I only buy pre owned EA games. I refuse to give a penny to this company. I dont give a flying hoot if this is a good business decision or not (i actually think it is a good move NOW), the point remains that EA are bitter and very very childish. 1: They have thrown their teddy out of the pram because of the whole origin on wiiu debacle. And 2: The reason fifa 13 didnt sell is because it was a gimped version and why would anyone buy an inferior version of a game when you can get the full version on any other system you may own.

EA discust me

HugoSmits

#62

HugoSmits said:

@TheRealThanos sorry, thought they skipped a year. But still, I’m happy to see the biggest third party developer/publisher to hang in there with Nintendo.

Sure, I would love to see games of better quality. But with the market totally down, small user base and high investments, that’s unlikely to happen at this moment.

kyuubikid213

#63

kyuubikid213 said:

Um... what?

Why not on the Wii U? If you like motion controls that much, EA, you can implement them on the Wii U...

Heck, you don't even have to do that much. Just mirror the TV and GamePad screens and port over the 360 version. Easy money.

Or put as much effort into it as you did Mass Effect 3: Special Edition.

I dunno. I wouldn't buy FIFA anyway because sports games aren't my thing, but come on, EA. You can't use this to say "We're supporting Nintendo, but no one's buying!"

gojiguy

#65

gojiguy said:

They'll release for consoles with lower install bases and even release for dead platforms but won't put it out on Wii U.

I don't understand the justification here. Maybe next year?

gojiguy

#66

gojiguy said:

@HugoSmits Yeah I have to disagree. The original Fifa 13 sold poorly because EA couldn't trick as many people into purchasing their garbage product (iirc it lacked most of the features of the PS3 and 360 versions even, I dont even know if it had online). And still, for a half-hearted port the game sold over 150,000 copies. Not a terrible ROI considering they put very little money into the game to start.

EA has been treating Wii U owners as second-tier customers and has been bombarding them with awful, overpriced ports (Fifa 13, Mass Effect 3, Madden) and then calling foul when no one is dumb enough to buy them. They launched ME3: Wii U alongside a lower priced ME Trilogy on competing platforms. Absolutely daft.

LazyShell

#67

LazyShell said:

It just seems odd to me that a title like FIFA is skipping a system with online capabilities, but supporting one that no longer has online play. I know Wii still sells apparently, but I also know online is a big feature for these sports titles.

I can see where they're coming from due to previous systems still having fairly large player bases. Perhaps down the road as more Wii U systems hopefully sell later this year, perhaps they'll bring in more sports games to help give the system a more varied library.

Sports games aren't my cup of tea, but many players out there do enjoy them. I'm all for Wii U having a varied library for all kinds of gaming tastes out there. Here's hoping in the future the Wii U sales will get better and they will consider releasing on it.

Gerbwmu

#68

Gerbwmu said:

@Peach64 - my only argument would be......they already have a FIFA game released on the system. It wouldn't be as costly for them to update and tweek FIFA 13 and release it on the eshop. Would be a cost effective way to keep your consumer base happy.

PikminWorld

#69

PikminWorld said:

EA: We'll bring games once the console starts to sell but until then we'll completely ditch it and expect it to sell anything!

I can understand why publishers like EA are wary but, really do they expect things to get better when they don't support the console or give the console horrible ports or games that had already been out for months on other platforms? By the way EA, it's probably a lot less wiser to sell FIFA on a practically dead console with discontinued online and the 3DS which I can only imagine it doesn't run the best on than selling it on the Wii U where some people actually want the game (not really me but, you know).

WanderingPB

#70

WanderingPB said:

This news much like it's negative comments is no surprise since we know where EA stands and we know the Wii U sales records…

As a business decision this makes sense whether u agree or not the numbers dont lie but they also dont tell the whole picture. Who expects Mass Effect 3 to sell well on the Wii U when they announce the Mass effect trilogy a few months later for everything but the Wii U…seriously thats just STUPID

Or a gimped Madden version…really?

The only good game EA released for the Wii U is NFS:MW

As a company EA seems to have given up on Nintendo fans regardless of the Wii U bad sales because when their sales increase and are no longer ridiculed im absolutely not buying their games

SahashraLA

#71

SahashraLA said:

So this will be the, what, 4th reskinning of FIFA 11 on the Wii now? Why support Vita and not Wii U? Who would buy FIFA on Wii with no online? Confusing stuff.

Guitardude7

#72

Guitardude7 said:

EA are idiots. I've really stopped caring if their games come to Wii U or not. We don't need them.

LazyShell

#73

LazyShell said:

@WanderingPB Yeah the Mass Effect thing was stupid. They should have released the trilogy on the Wii U as well. They sabotaged themselves then complained about the low Wii U sales.

lamco

#75

lamco said:

I've seen fifa 14 on ps4, god it looks AWFUL. The players movements, particularly during celebrations and the clothes phsyics is in dire need of improvement. Ea also needs to sort out the manager mode. Also, why make a game for a dead console??

Yosher

#77

Yosher said:

Who cares? EA games are trash anyway. If I want a frisbee I'll just buy a cheap plastic one at a toy store, not a 60 bucks one with a FIFA logo on it. :)

WanderingPB

#78

WanderingPB said:

@LazyShell i know right but ur points on the Wii no longer having online i didnt even consider…EA really needs to wake up even though more people have a Wii FIFA is best online…this is just sounding more and more ridiculous

WanderingPB

#79

WanderingPB said:

@Peach64 wow u r absolutely correct hell EA should release FIFA on the GBA or better yet the SNES cuz tthey have 2 things in common the install base was huge and it has no online features.…yay logic!

Peach64

#81

Peach64 said:

@WanderingPB Nothing to do with install base. People are saying this makes no sense because the Wii is dead, but it's clearly not when it's shifting about 50% more software than Wii U.

@Gerbmwu I agree with this. Don't see why they're not putting out a legacy version like the Vita and 3DS get.

Ryno

#82

Ryno said:

This game can be played on your Wii U in Wii mode, problem solved.

WanderingPB

#83

WanderingPB said:

@Peach64 That's a good point and it wouldnt surprise me that those numbers make up the uninformed consumer since unfortunately Nintendo hasn't truly made it clear that the Wii U aside from being a new console also has backwards compatibility. Funny i still have a backlog that helps me during droughts or new release dry spells. But still business aside this hurts the potential of the future customers who already own a Wii U. Sure out of the three its second but one shouldnt burn their bridges IMO

unrandomsam

#86

unrandomsam said:

@MAB The 3DS one has only ever been exactly the same as the 2012 release.

@Ryno It will be worse than the Wii U version that does exist doing that. (I suspect it is just a roster update perhaps refixing the online if they need to).

The_Ninja

#88

The_Ninja said:

This is a good thing and a bad thing.
It's good that EA won't put their game on a Wii U because no Wii U owner wants anything from that piece of crap company.
The bad thing is that the game is on Wii and 3DS..

Ryu_Niiyama

#89

Ryu_Niiyama said:

Why don't they just do a "legacy edition" roster update of the last fifa for wiiu game and call it a day. I get that they don't want to have to scale their new engine but seriously there is no reason why they can't just update the old versions for those that would buy them.

Splatom

#90

Splatom said:

Not surprising. If FIFA 16 comes to the Wii but not the Wii U I'm done.

I'd laugh if the Wii U starts printing money and EA gets jealous.

Jazzer94

#92

Jazzer94 said:

@Splatom No I found it on deviantart drawing something like this would take far to much time that I don't currently have.

FullbringIchigo

#94

FullbringIchigo said:

@unrandomsam what I heard was that EA wanted Nintendo to use origin for all their online functions, online multiplayer, eshop, Miiverse you name it and that Nintendo said no so EA decided not to support the Wii U

yes it is just a rumour but you have to admit the way EA just turned on the Wii U and publicly attacked it then it kind of seems true

3DS_excel

#95

3DS_excel said:

Nintendo should just make their own football game and make ingenious use of the controller. FIFA and PES have both lost the fun factor for me anyway so it doesn't bother me that they're not Wii U bound. Nintendo should make it like a sim game where you get a GTA type character and have to get him to the top of the football ladder. Just don't get caught in the strip club by the paps lol

SahashraLA

#96

SahashraLA said:

Skylanders not being on Wii will likely be the dagger that does the Wii in. I'm thinking this will be the year Wii U software sales finally eclipses Wii software sales. EA will be re-examining the Wii U by the end of the fiscal year, but only for a small portion of it's software and only if the trend continues climbing throughout early 2015. As a Canadian gamer, I'm still slightly disappointed 2K never made another NHL game, but I guess their last one was garbage and sold appropriately. The last multi plat NHL2K game was so much better, I don't understand why the follow up was such a set back.

SahashraLA

#97

SahashraLA said:

I only bring the 2K omission up as Wii U has had American football, real football, is getting Wii Sports Club Baseball (which I'd honestly rather play than any of the MLB games) and has both Tennis and Golf in Wii SC. The only real omission has been hockey. The VC game isn't terrible, but it's still not even as good as Blades of Steel.
That being said, where are the original Contra, Metal Gear and Blades of Steel? In addition, I hope Capcom releases Bionic Commando on either the eShop or VC at some point.

gatorboi352

#98

gatorboi352 said:

@Peach64

Normally I agree with what you say around here, but I cannot in this case.

If there is a PS360 version of ANY game coming out, there's absolutely zero reason for a Wii U version to not exist, at least from a financial standpoint. A company like EA would lose next to nothing on a Wii U port of the PS360 version.

midnafanboy

#99

midnafanboy said:

Wow that's amazing that they would do that and i dont care i never buy anything from EA anyway.

gatorboi352

#100

gatorboi352 said:

This news begs of a larger question: what happened to Nintendo's own first party/second party funded Sports line of video games? This would be a more opportune time than any to put out their own sports titles.

Jellitoe

#101

Jellitoe said:

They are pretty smart, any Wii U owner that wants one will have to get the Wii version, and there is still a large group of Wii only owners, 2 birds, one stone.

Hy8ogen

#102

Hy8ogen said:

@Peach64 Yes. Comparing a 100million+ install base and a 6 million install base is not crazy at all. By that logic EA shouldn't have made the game on the PS4/Xbone as well since PS360 has way more install base/sold more games.

People can argue about this all day, but really guys, EA's fragile heart is still aching. We have nobody to blame but Nintendo for dumping EA's @ss.

swampertdude

#103

swampertdude said:

Good, ea games are garbage anyways, they don't need to be on Wii u to begin with. Personally I'm boycotting the company too, not one of their games even interests me at all

Williaint

#105

Williaint said:

Well, it's still coming to Wii U, unless they make a block that doesn't allow you to play it on the Wii U's Wii emulator...
I'll liken EA's decision to supporting the NES in 1994.
The Only EA game I want to play is The SIMS 4, but not on my game console (If it was, then Wii U would be the best choice).

Tender_Cutlet

#107

Tender_Cutlet said:

They'd develop for the last gen PS3 but not bother do a Wii U port? That's just silly.
Please refrain from using slurs here — TBD

Hernandez

#108

Hernandez said:

Corporations exist to make money. End of story.

If the game isn't coming to the Wii U, it's because it wouldn't sell, not because of some personal grudge over Origin or whatever. It really isn't that complicated, so stop trying to make it so.

PS: You may not like this particular sport, and you may not like EA, but the quality of the FIFA franchise isn't up for debate. At this moment — come on, Konami — it is the only option for top quality football.

DakotaM47

#109

DakotaM47 said:

Wii... What a joke. EA thinks that going to sell, and the 3DS version? What a bunch of jokers. No wonder why Battlefield 4 never worked, EA was too busy about their yearly sports games and day one DLC.

Hikingguy

#111

Hikingguy said:

@Hernandez No wiser words have been said. They have to answer to shareholders. And like it or not, people keep buying what they put out otherwise EA would change direction.
It is strange that a very popular sport only has 2 major players. But I guess this has to do with licenses deals more than anything.
But if you remember when EA boycotted the Dreamcast, Sega put out NFL 2K and it was a light years better than anything EA was doing with Madden at the time. Real competition is good.

Ryu_Niiyama

#112

Ryu_Niiyama said:

@gatorboi352 I love Nintendo's arcade style sports games like 1080 and wave race but without a real roster a second party sports game won't sell well. People play these now as sims, not just because they like the sport. Since EA has many of the sports games rosters on lockdown... no one else can come in. 2K sports games don't sell well and even the PES series has gone down in sales compared to FIFA the last I checked.

SKTTR

#114

SKTTR said:

FIFA finally found its place. I hope we'll have a long break from this series until it's more than just updated graphics and updated roster. The FIFA group is doing horrible things lately and it would be better for the sports if they just cease to exist.

Nintendo serves us three different and great football series (Nintendo Pocket Football Club, Inazuma Eleven, and Mario Strikers) so we've got nothing to worry about.

kenzo

#116

kenzo said:

Perhaps Nintendo could make a soccer board game called "Button Football".

This is a real life board game that is passionately played in Brazil.

I saw it on a World Cup highlights show and it looks like serious fun.

Its available on phones too, but Nintendo could do a better job.

WaxxyOne

#117

WaxxyOne said:

I know it would never happen, but the more articles I see like this, the more I wish for the day when Nintendo returns to the forefront of sales with a console (Wii U or otherwise) that boasts the sales figures of the Wii... and then denies EA any right to release games on it.

firebird3334

#120

firebird3334 said:

Well, bought FIFA 13 for the Wii u recently and it looks exactly the same. i guess the graphics is improved a bit and physics but still fun to play with friends when they come over!!

Link506

#121

Link506 said:

I was waiting for this one to see how it turned out and compare it to FIFA 14, but know I know which one I'm getting...

soup4life

#123

soup4life said:

Last year I saw Fifa 2013 for Wii U for £3.50 in Tesco. I only had Wind Waker at the time and I still didnt buy it. Hahahahaha F*** you EA. Your games are S*** and Fifa is a pile of W*** !!!! Pahahahaha. Stupid company.

Gruber

#124

Gruber said:

This time EA has taken FIFA 15 to a whole new level. I seriously believe that those who don't play FIFA are really missing some amazing things that today's video games have. The amount of realism is simply astounding.
Hats off to the designers & developers of the next-gen consoles, too. It is these mean

miya-nica

#125

miya-nica said:

oh well i'm not really that worried about ea not being on wii u. i'm not into sports need for speed sucked since the gamecube, what else do ea even do a bunch of shoddy shooters that aren't even as good as what rare where doing on the 64 you showed us ea, ea through a tantrum because nintendo didn't want to use their network so refused to put games on the wii u. poor ea no one cares

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