FIFA 10 Wii Hands-On

The Wii version of FIFA 10 is a "whole new game" this year, as we found out with our first hands-on play test.

While last year's Wii version of FIFA was good, the series was still somewhat hamstrung since it was based on PlayStation 2 code. However, according to FIFA 10 Wii line producer Sid Misra, those days are over. "The Wii audience is looking for something specific to them," Misra told us on a recent visit to London. "We've come up with the idea of over-the-top, nonstop football, which means arcade-style gameplay and a whole new look to the game."

Misra isn't kidding. As we sit down to play the game, we find it's a totally different beast to any other version of the game. The main difference is a concept called momentum, which allows you to activate special skills as a reward for controlling the pace of the game. For example, if you're moving the ball up the pitch towards your opponent's goal, your momentum bar begins to fill up. Once it's full, you can use this momentum to unleash faster, more-powerful shots on goal, and the game slows down time and zooms in on the action to heighten the intensity.

The look of the game is also much different, and while it's less realistic than before, we love the caricatured style. Players are split into skinny, average, and stocky frame sizes and move accordingly, while the special shots on goal are extravagant to say the least. There's also a comedy aspect to the game--if your player gets hit in the face, he'll check his nose to make sure it's not bleeding; if he's hit in the groin, he'll drop immediately to the ground.

FIFA 10's online features have also been bolstered, with support for up to four players in two-versus-two matches. "It was a technical challenge to accomplish," says Misra. He also promises that all of the technical issues with last year's online mode have been addressed, and the focus is on getting people online and letting the community grow from there.

That's not to say that offline players have been forgotten, though. When you create a profile in the game, it will keep track of all your stats, such as goals scored and cards collected, and your head-to-head record against other players on your Wii. The game will then draw up tables to see how you stack up against the CPU and other players and will then display them on the loading screen to motivate some prematch trash talk.

While the game is even more cartoony than before, we were surprised to hear that the "footii" minigames have been dropped this year. We've certainly given these minigames a hard time in our reviews of previous FIFA games, but we're still surprised that EA Sports has given them the boot. "We wanted to make a cohesive experience, centered around the gameplay itself. We do have some game modes that we aren't announcing right now, but they do focus on that social side of gameplay."

That might sound like a bit of a teasing statement, but we won't have long to wait for more details on these new modes. The team has about two and a half months of development time left on the game, so according to Misra, we should start hearing more in August, possibly at Gamescom. We'll be certain to bring you more on the game when we have it.

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24 comments
jetstopia
jetstopia

This is a a bad sign, clearly EA have given up on FIFA games for the wii. But worse still its a sign that developers are giving up on the wii's ability all together I understand that the wii can't visually match it with the other consoles but the game play IS the most important thing. Why can't someone make the motion controlls worthwhile having because most games play and look like a N64 version with fiddly controlls. Bad signs ahead for wii owners if developers are giving up how much longer will the supporters last

goldgin
goldgin

After playing about 10 matches I can say this game is the best FIFA on Wii. I'm glad they toned down the gfx and simplified gameplay. The use of tricks is also a bonus, simplistic but clever producing awesome results and impressive goals sometimes. This game is very fast paced, arcade style with a hint of dribbling but mostly fun ! (Fifa 09 PS3 > PES 2008 Wii > Fifa 10 PS3 > Any PES > Fifa Wii > Any PC Fifa after 2000)

COD2-The_Pope
COD2-The_Pope

Just waiting for a Wii PES 2010 preview with some screenies to blow this crap outa the water lol. Wii FIFA had so much potential but no...EA had to go and waste it all.

fabz_95
fabz_95

An Arcadey football game? Oh dear... Please EA, you've got to keep football games realistic.

alexweile
alexweile

They realized they couldn't match the Wii P.E.S. and then EA chose a totally different way of playing. Now they lose most of their fans. How lovely for P.E.S. :)

masterjamil
masterjamil

if they r gonna make this an arcady game they should've kept the minigames. I'd rather have the minigames than these graphics (i actually thought the minigames were a good idea, it keep the wii having wii specifics).

AgentWash
AgentWash

holy crap im so tired of them making wii look like it was made for people who want to lose weight on wii fit, seriously when i bought the wii people said it was the best console ever made to date, and im pretty sure they took NES graphics and adapted it so you could swing your arm around while your playing!!!

DieBrothers
DieBrothers

it's not so bad but they forgot a lot of things i mean the x360 and the ps3 have a lot more stuff. It seems like they don't care about the wii

sabrenational
sabrenational

I hope someone at EA gets fired for the saturday morning cartoon approach to the year 10 sports games for Wii. People that like this arcade style dont care about the Rosters or Clubs. This style of gameplay could be made into a non licensed 20 dollar game and will sell just as much(not alot). I loved Fifa 09 and ill be gettin Pro Evo for now on. Same goes for Madden. Dumping on there sports fans and tryin to satisfy kids and moms is a horrible strategy for a sports franchise. Its a shame because Madden plays the best on Wii and Fifa had tons of potential too.... Lost costumer..

holebender
holebender

ohh this sucks its not realistic at all and no footi matches

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

Too bad EA!!! No Fotti matches..!!! And the worst part of all is that -in the main mode- you guys are thinking that all FIFA fans (in Wii) want a cartoony style game with supershots and all other super things... WTF are you thinking... Those players that want an arcade style soccer game, should go and play Mario Strikers Charged or Sega Super Slam (gcn-title/for the new gamers), or just wait for a (someday) release of FIFA Street Series on wii... Instead of this madness, FIFA 10 should offer to Wii players a more realistic emulation of a soccer match, but again EA prefers to fulfill the desires of casual gamers..!! Ahhh... Wii reality is sadly and sucks!!

PcGaming
PcGaming

honestly, the game does not appeal to me. don't get me wrong i love my soccer, but the player models look horrible,blurry and unappealing. umm.... i clearly remember FIFA 07 on the ps2 had much better visuals. Come on EA make this game the best soccer experience available for the Wii

COD2-The_Pope
COD2-The_Pope

@ Donutta: Lol, i'm with u on that one. I'm gonna stick with the Wii and go for PES simply cause of the great controls it has but i rekon EA will get a huge slap in the face in terms of sales for this Wii title, and i'm hoping they do cause that'll make them think twice about what Wii gamers really want. Seriously, do they really think that a bunch of 3 year olds go out and buy FIFA? In reality its a much older demographic, eg. 12+ cause that's who the bulk of gamers are.

Donutta
Donutta

"The Wii audience is looking for something specific to them," Misra told us on a recent visit to London. "We've come up with the idea of over-the-top, nonstop football, which means arcade-style gameplay and a whole new look to the game." Okay, now I'm starting to buy into the Wii audience being a detriment to other gamers. Pro Evo has an excellent control scheme on the Wii, one that makes the game perhaps the best footy simulation in terms of control. However, it lacks the bazillion leagues FIFA has. (I like my A-League.) All I wanted was for EA to refine the control from FIFA 09 so that it was on par with Pro Evo. Unfortunately, they seem to have decided that everyone who owns a Wii shuns a realistic experience. *sigh* Lost sale there. Maybe I'll check out the PS3 version instead, even if it doesn't control as well.

ganga_
ganga_

@megadisc wasnt this in every FIFA? it looks better then before, but PES owns this easily

COD2-The_Pope
COD2-The_Pope

lost my money there EA. Really, all I wanted was Be A Pro, better online and improved ball physics/player movement. Better graphics than 09 was what i was expecting considering its nearly the end of this gen and it is quite possible for Wii games to have great graphics. Now that is the "new" game that I wanted, not some cartoon-style, over-the-top, unrealistic kids game. I'm afraid that I will now have to convert to PES for this year...hopefully World Cup 2010 for Wii is the same as the PS3/360 versions.

isaacmj
isaacmj

I've bought every FIFA game for Nintendo consoles since 2004 and reading this just makes me want more

megadisc
megadisc

a free kick from a footballer point of view SWEET !

Sudarinho
Sudarinho

looking good soo far cant wait !!

ajs41072
ajs41072

If they want to add a new mode, I think a good thing to add would be Indoor Soccer. It's faster gameplay would fit just the direction they seem to be going this year. The orange ball from the old MISL would be a great option.

Kbs64
Kbs64

First Comment Baby!! It looks good but just 4 players? Cmon, are you serious? The Conduit had 12 players online at the same time but still its nice to know that they addressed the issues from later years edition :)