GC '07: FIFA 08 Wii Impressions

EA Sports is finally bringing its football franchise to the Wii, and we got a first look at it at the Leipzig Games Convention.

LEIPZIG, Germany--Like many EA Sports games, FIFA seems like a perfect match for the Wii and its motion-sensitive controller. After all, there are loads of movements made in the game that could be replicated with the controller: running, throw-ins, and goal kicks to name but a few. While the developer has made an effort to replicate some of these physical actions on Nintendo's console, it's also taken this opportunity to make a game accessible to non-football game players. We got a chance to see the results for the first time at the Leipzig Game Convention 2007.

FIFA 08's control system is split into an advanced mode, which uses both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk, as well as a family mode that uses just the Wii Remote. The family mode hands control of the players to the computer artificial intelligence, allowing people who are not used to football games to just control the passing and shooting. The advanced control system, on the other hand, uses a mixture of button presses, as well as control stick and physical movements to handle the onscreen action. Players are moved using the Nunchuk's control stick, while A passes, B is a through ball, Z sprints, and C enables tricks. Shots and tackles are performed by moving the Wii Remote up in the air, with the speed and height of the movement dictating the power of the shot. You can also move the Wii Remote to one side to add swerve to the shot.

Aside from the new control system, this version of FIFA 08 is pretty much exactly the same as the other console versions in terms of features. The game offers the same 30 leagues and 15,000 players as in the PlayStation 2 version. It also offers all the same cups and championships. There's even going to be an online play mode for Nintendo Wi-Fi connected consoles, and EA servers will be used to allow up to four players to compete in this mode. EA Sports has chosen to use Nintendo's Mii characters, and while you won't be able play as the characters in the game itself, they'll still represent you in your online games.

In addition to the standard game modes, the Wii version will have a selection of three party games hosted by Brazil's Ronaldinho, and we got to see two of the three on offer. The first is a table football (foosball if you're American) played via the Wii Remote, with twists of the wrist allowing you to play the tabletop game on your console. The second was a game of keep-up, where you have to press the right buttons to make your player keep the ball in the air.

Plenty of effort has been taken to make the first Wii iteration of FIFA 08 a substantially different offering from the other console versions. It's clear that while the game offers all the authenticity that the series has become known for, the control system adapts the gameplay considerably. We didn't get chance to play the game at our brief demonstration, although we'll endeavor to make it back to EA's booth before we leave to try it out firsthand. Luckily, it won't be long until the final game is released because the Wii version of FIFA 08 hits stores alongside the other versions this October.

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24 comments
labloverryan
labloverryan

Well, I Dislike this game, there is no! Manager mode, the closet to a manager mode is individual Leagues, Or single cups, which are just lines of games against other teams from that league.or from that cup The controls are pretty good, but the graphics are pretty poor, its okay, but needs a manager mode.

GreigieBlade
GreigieBlade

Just had a quick play before work and its pretty good! No manager mode and quite basic but season/tournament and FOOTii modes are pretty cool. Family controls were too boring for me, but the advanced ones with the nunchuk were great fun. Will give it another go tonight but great first impression!

J_Favs
J_Favs

I've always been a soccer fan and a Fifa fan and this sounds quite interesting.

Rockinplayer
Rockinplayer

I love the wii it is awsome, this game looks really great, the new generation its here Nintendo

mixalisg1
mixalisg1

I think it will be a great game especially with the online mode and i hope the gameplay and the controls will be good and easy.

Stoejer
Stoejer

I am so looking forward to a new installment of Fifa soccer. I think the latest I have is 2005 for the PC.

MrVOoO
MrVOoO

I like the idea of the two different control modes. Most of my family arnt game orientated but we all like to play the wii together. The shooting control sheme looks to be very interesting, being able to control the height, the power and the swerve of the shot in a single movment (like a hitting a football :) ). cant w8 for this to come out.

kelvingreen
kelvingreen

Good to see online play and Mii support. I'd prefer to see SWOS come to Virtual Console, but the Wii release of both Pro Evo and FIFA is still good news.

Newsboy
Newsboy

I love football games! Please be a good one, PLZ!!!!

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

the last football game I bought was fifa 2002! I still have it as I would only get £1 for it on trade ins and I am sure nobody would want it. But I might actually get this it sounds like more fun than the other console versions so if I get this it will be for my wii not the ps3 or 360 even if the graphics are worse. its only a football game anyway the graphics do not need to be that good.

heroofwinds1
heroofwinds1

i just hope the controls are good.football games are going to be big in wii with fifa and pro evolution both coming to wii and iam sure all will be happy for this.

boom023
boom023

is there any word on whether or not the Wii version will have Be a Pro mode?

EaaMees
EaaMees

Well I hope there is a view point change option and classical controller compatibility ...And if the graphics come close to xbox it wont hurt

linkyshinks
linkyshinks

Pro Evo on Wii is also due, but this looks great. Ive seen footage and it actually looks surprisingly good visually. The controls are different but the hope is that they are better than more conventional controls, throw ins look great and so do lobs, if you can play through balls with the IR that would be sweet also.

edger2006
edger2006

i hope they improved the visuals

supafly43218
supafly43218

Cheerio to getting this when it comes out! I'm a HUGE european football fan, and am so happy to hear this coming to the wii with wiimote actions and 4 player ONLINE PLAY! My girlfriend loves these games too and can't wait to play on the same team against opposing yanks.

Warfust
Warfust

Sounds great! This is on my "to get" list, though maybe not this year.

gary_safc
gary_safc

looking great cant wait for this its gonna rock big time

ross_wrx
ross_wrx

Sounds shockingly bad!!!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

The first football game that has captured my interest. God bless the Wii. It makes any game accessable.