EA teases FIFA 13 and Madden 13 for Wii U

Posted by Shane McGlaun

There are probably many gamers out there - like me - who purchased a Nintendo Wii and then became bored with the console after a few short weeks.

Think about it. I mean, the graphics on the Wii were less than stellar compared to the Xbox 360 or PS3. And inveitably, the motion controls also lost some of their initial novelty fairly quickly.

The Wii U, however, may very well offer a different experience than its predecessor.

Indeed, EA Sports is teasing images and details about two of its most popular franchises that will be coming to a Nintendo Wii U near you: FIFA 13 and Madden 13.

Now, one of the things I've been wondering about is how sports games like these will take advantage of the touchscreen controller on the Wii U game pad.

Fortunately, EA Sports has offered up an official image of FIFA 13 - complete with the touchscreen controller underneath demonstrating how the game play onscreen works in tandem with game play on the controller.

The image you see here shows  how I originally suspected EA would pull it off, giving players something akin to a clipboard look on the touchscreen controller - while the main action takes place on the TV screen.

Of course, showing you where all your players are and allowing you to choose plays isn't all the touchscreen controller can be used for. Rather, EA confirms FIFA 13 players will be able to hold the controller up and use it to align shots (and penalty kicks) on the big screen.

"We challenged our teams to develop innovations designed specifically for the Wii U, and to create new ways to play that would bring players of all abilities together," said EA Sports exec Andrew Wilson. "Our teams have truly delivered creative new football experiences with FIFA Soccer 13 and Madden NFL 13 for the Wii U."

Unfortunately, EA Sports didn't offer similar images for Madden 13, but I'm quite sure it will look similar to FIFA 13. So yes, Madden 13 players can use the touchscreen controller to streamline play calling, make pre-snap adjustments and manage team personnel.

Will the touchscreen feature, (on a controller that almost didn’t happen), tempt you to purchase these games on the Wii U rather than the next-gen Xbox or Playstation? Or are you holding out for more raw graphics horsepower?