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3DS Sports Wars: FIFA vs. Pro Evolution

by Neal Ronaghan - May 10, 2011, 10:00 pm EDT
Total comments: 4

FIFA is coming to 3DS this fall, and it is the "best soccer game available on the Nintendo 3DS" according to EA.

Fighting words were said in a press release today. "We are confident that [FIFA 12] will be the best soccer game available on Nintendo 3DS," said Matt Prior, producer of FIFA 12 for 3DS.

As some of you might know, Pro Evolution Soccer already laid claim to the 3DS pitch. The launch title from Konami was well received, featuring a dynamic 3D camera. It had uneven difficulty, according NWR Staffer J.P. Corbran.

FIFA 12, set for a fall release, seems a bit more ambitious than Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, which seemed to be more of a tweaked PSP port. The EA Canada-developed title offers up new touch screen controls and a 3D Street Soccer mode. In total, EA boasts that the title will include eight modes, making it their biggest handheld FIFA game yet. Unlike Pro Evolution Soccer's 3DS debut, it will feature online play using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D might be outclassed by the fall release of FIFA 2012, at least from a potential standpoint. We'll see if Konami elevates their next 3DS entry in the Pro Evolution series. We'll also have to wait to see if EA lives up to their idealistic goal of making the best soccer game on the system.



Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)May 11, 2011

Nothing new. FIFA has had the upper hand in the football (soccer) videogame war for a long time. I'm not really into football, but I know people who are, and the licence advantage that the FIFA series has seems to be a big factor in how football fans enjoy it.
Beyond that, for a while, Pro Evolution looked like it would take the footballing crown on Wii, when it introduced those innovative new controls in PES '08, but apparently, FIFA even trumped them there in FIFA '09, which supposedly improves the controls and offers way, way, way more content.

The_Darkest_RedMay 11, 2011

I fully expect FIFA to be the better game but that's mostly because I enjoy it more on consoles. Hopefully the physics and finer gameplay elements make their way over to the 3DS version.

I really enjoyed Pro Evo until I ran into the brick wall of its difficulty "curve." I was always more interested in FIFA, though. The series has been fantastic in recent years, and it has the MLS license, so I will definitely be picking it up in the fall.

No heavy air, no sale on PES.

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