Nintendo and EA under fire
The fastest footballer
Now the Nintendo Switch is a proven success after being on the market for nearly two years, more companies are open to the idea of porting bigger and better games to the system. Third-party industry giant EA looks as if it might also be upping its game. According to NintendoSoup, a Youtuber by the name of Doctre81 has made an...
Nintendo players benched
Last week, news surfaced about a Christmas promotion being advertised for the Switch version of FIFA 19 that wasn't actually available within the game. The fine print underneath the original EA announcement further highlighted how these themed daily and weekly objectives were not available in the Nintendo version. Despite...
Nintendo and EA under fire
Right now, there's a Christmas promotion being advertised for the Switch version of FIFA 19 that allegedly isn't available within the game. This annual event - known as 'FUTmas' - allows players to participate in squad building challenges in the game's FIFA Ultimate Team mode and unlock special rewards. What has...
Must be the money?
FIFA 19 is one of the most authentic representations of the world's favourite sport that money can buy, boasting thousands of real-life players and hundreds of clubs. However, it's not entirely faithful to The Beautiful Game, because there are some odd omissions. Our friends over at Eurogamer have pointed out that Croatia -...
The fastest footballer
You may or may not have heard the 32-year old Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt is currently trialling with the Australian club side Central Coast Mariners, who play in the nation’s top flight competition known as the A-League. After training up at multiple clubs around the world - including German powerhouse Dortmund -...
You may have heard the FIFA 19 cover star Cristiano Ronaldo - arguably one of the world's most famous sports personalities - has recently been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Las Vegas in 2009. The Portuguese striker, currently playing for the Italian side Juventus, has denied the accusations. In an email statement to...
Could end up in court
The Belgian government has reportedly launched a criminal investigation into FIFA developer EA over a potential breach of gambling laws active in the country. Earlier this year, the country's Gaming Commission declared that loot boxes present in Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and EA's FIFA 18 would...
Nintendo has shared another new video directly from the show floor of Gamescom 2018, this time treating us to a look at the upcoming FIFA 19. Aside from admiring the lovely footage being shown off for the new Champions League mode (a first for FIFA following the expiration of the deal with Konami's PES), we couldn't help...
Take the L
If you're a footie fan, you were very likely glued to your TV screen over the summer taking in this year's rather weird and wonderful World Cup. Amongst the VAR shenanigans, players caught the attention of gamers everywhere - and the mainstream press, for that matter - by performing dances from battle royale epic Fortnite after scoring...
The complete experience
Part of the allure of the FIFA video games is the licensing of real-world clubs and leagues. As EA has already publicised, this season's game will include the UEFA Champions League - the most prestigious club competition in European football. Now, the latest news to emerge is in regards to a new league that will be...
A better tomorrow
With governments worldwide now cracking down on loot boxes and other forms of micro-transactions within video games, various companies have been required to make adjustments to key franchises in order to pass the new rules and regulations. Speaking to Eurogamer at the Gamelab conference in Barcelona, EA Sports vice president and...
It's all in your imagination
EA must have been feeling pretty generous when it deployed the free World Cup update to FIFA 18 - the company has, in previous years, made the most of the licence by releasing stand-alone World Cup titles. While the update has gone down as a very welcome addition to the game, some players have voiced the opinion that...
"It would be a net benefit to the users"
After the recent Fortnite cross-platform play debacle - in which Sony has blocked players from using their accounts on Nintendo Switch - the idea of playing with friends regardless of system preference has been a hot topic just lately. One of the most talked about games for which players hope to see...
Not 'closing the door' on Frostbite in the future
Despite the almost inevitable FIFA 19 not receiving any official announcement or specific platform confirmation, it appears that a Switch version of the game is firmly in the minds (and therefore development) of the team at EA Sports. Speaking to DreamTeamFC, FIFA 18 producer Andrei...
Might be best to wait until EA provides a fix
With the World Cup fast approaching - taking place just as E3 is winding down, as it so happens - the recently announced free update for Fifa 18, bringing a playable version of tournament along for the ride, should have been a nice way to warm up for the big event. Today is the day of the update's...
We might have to wait until March before we see more EA titles
EA's company finance chief Black Jorgensen has told the Wall Street Journal that it's too early to accurately judge the demand for the company's games on the Nintendo Switch. EA has released FIFA 18 on the console so far, one of its biggest franchises, but reports suggest that the...
Other increasingly 'evergreen' Switch titles hold on in top 40
FIFA 18 has been a notable release on Nintendo hardware in the past week, a first for a number of years. Plenty of focus has been on assessing whether the Switch audience will back the game and, as a result, encourage EA to continue support. Based on initial UK launch results we'll...
The little details
FIFA 18 is finally with us, and if you've already consulted our exhaustive review then you'll know that, despite missing some key features, it's the best football (soccer if you're in North America) game we've seen on a Nintendo system in years. While it was always clear that the Switch version wouldn't be a match for its...
The best Nintendo FIFA ever
Video game spin is a curious thing. It must be difficult for publishers and developers to turn a negative into a positive, but sometimes the excuses are so odd our eyebrows can’t help ascending skyward. The FIFA series has been a good example of this for a number of years. Nintendo fans need only cast their minds back...
Jumpers for goalposts
FIFA 18 launches today, but EA has been curiously reluctant to show off very much of the Switch version; aside from off-screen footage recorded at events like this year's Gamescom, we've been unable to pick apart the Nintendo version's visuals to see just how favourably they compares to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions...
Producer also explains the limitations of single-console Joy-Con play
EA's yearly line of sports titles have been a common feature of PlayStation and Xbox release lists for decades, but on Nintendo consoles things are bit more sporadic; while the Wii was well-served with FIFAs some of them were simply re-skins with new kits, while on Wii U EA...
"This is a full FIFA that players players will enjoy.”
When FIFA 18 was first announced for Switch some expected a lazy port from EA Sports (perhaps justifiably based on previous Wii efforts). However, early reports are that the Switch version runs at a rock solid 60FPS in both docked and handheld modes. However, there is still one element
1080p when docked, 720p handheld
There's been plenty of speculation regarding the upcoming FIFA 18 on Switch. We already know that it's not using the Frostbite Engine like the PS4 and Xbox One versions, but a custom engine designed specifically for Nintendo's console.
EA has shown off some footage of FIFA 18 running on the Nintendo Switch at Gamescom 2017. The popular football title marks a return of sorts for the series on Nintendo systems, but the gulf in power between the Switch and other home systems has led some to ponder just how good it can possibly look. During the demonstration, it is...
Back of the net
EA has released a new trailer for FIFA 18 at Gamescom, and even if you have no interest in football (or soccer, if you're in America), you have to admit that it's pretty impressive. The clip - which is set to a rather mangled version of New Order's classic Blue Monday - showcases the stunning animation present in the title, with...
Just call it Switch Soccerball and be done with it
It was pleasing back in January when EA appeared on stage at the major reveal of the Nintendo Switch and offered its backing to the system with a release of FIFA later in the year. There was speculation over whether it'd be a full entry in the series or an alternative, however, when it was listed...
He shoots, he scores
EA's forthcoming FIFA 18 for the Nintendo Switch has been shown off for the first time in a Japanese commercial for the console. The clip - which also showcases Dragon Quest Heroes - gives FIFA 18 some generous screen-time, and things are looking pretty decent. There were rumours that the game would be based on the PS3 and Xbox...
Reiterates that it's a "custom built version"
When EA popped up at the Nintendo Switch Presentation in Tokyo to announce FIFA for the system, it was suitably vague in how it pitched the upcoming release. It didn't take long for rumours to swirl that it'd be based on the last-gen iterations that are still produced, though Peter Moore somewhat slapped...
"We've been with Nintendo for a very long time"
EA is opening its Nintendo Switch account with a FIFA title, but the company's executive vice president Patrick Söderlund says that owners can expect more games in the future. Speaking to IGN, Söderlund outlined EA's decision to support to the console at launch, and why working with the Japanese...
Based on the PS3 and 360 versions, or a new deal entirely?
While EA didn't have anything to show at the Nintendo Switch presentation, the fact that Vice President of EA Worldwide Studios Patrick Söderlund was on-stage showed that it considers the platform to be of some importance. It's also bringing one of its biggest brands - FIFA - to the machine...
The world's biggest game is back on Nintendo
Electronic Arts is bringing its popular FIFA franchise to the Nintendo Switch this year. The news was revealed during the Nintendo Switch Presentation, and while no footage was shown, the strength of the concept is clear. You'll be able to challenge friends in local co-op matches or play online with...
Soccer action absent on Wii, Wii U or 3DS
Electronic Arts has confirmed that its best-selling FIFA series is skipping the Wii, Wii U and 3DS this year. Pocket Gamer got the scoop on the lack of a 3DS edition of the game, and EA's soccer series has famously been absent on the Wii U ever since FIFA 13 underperformed commercially. EA's official press...
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...
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...
Not even the "award-winning HD gameplay" could save it
EA confirmed last week that it has no Wii U games in development at this moment in time, which pretty much confirmed FIFA 14 would not be coming to Nintendo's system this time round, joining the likes of Madden NFL 14 and
Nintendo version to offer enhancements over its console rivals
EA producer Matt Prior has told Official Nintendo Magazine that the Wii U edition of FIFA 13 will boast the best visuals out of all of the console editions. Having previously stated that the Nintendo version would be visually superior to its PS3 and Xbox 360 counterparts, Prior elab
Extensive GamePad controls detailed
As we wait for more big developers and franchises to commit to Wii U, we have one more that we can tick off the list today. FIFA 13 has been confirmed for Nintendo's upcoming console, with no solid release date but a variety of details being shared as part of the announcement in the Official Nintendo Magazine. To...
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