FIFA Soccer 13 - 3DS

Release Date:

September 25, 2012

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.


FIFA Soccer 13 on the 3DS allows a mini portable version of FIFA to be played with touch screen controls. Pick a spot from the player’s viewpoint using the lower touch screen and then direct a shot with pinpoint accuracy. Choose to compete from over 400 officially licensed clubs or re-create yourself in the 3D Street Soccer Mode.

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by Electronic Arts
Release Date: 09/27/2011


  • Developer(s):
    • Electronic Arts
  • Publisher(s):
    • EA Sports
  • Release Date(s):
    • September 25, 2012
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Everyone
  • Series:
    • FIFA
  • Mode(s):
    • Single-player
  • Local Play:
    • Yes
    • Vs/Co-op 2 Players
  • SpotPass:
    • Yes
    • Roster & Kit Update
  • 3D Mode:
    • Yes
  • Not Compatible:
    • Download Play
    • Internet
    • StreetPass

Technical Information

  • Average Playing Time:
    • 29 Hours
  • Number of Club(s):
    • 400 Oficially Licensed Clubs
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FIFA 13 was developed and released by EA, and turns out to be a sad letdown for fans of the series (of which there are many). Despite excellent sales for the game overall, those thinking of buying it for a Nintendo console or handheld should think again. The game is nearly identical to FIFA 12 in terms of style and gameplay, and seems to have been updated little other than new skins.

FIFA 13 was widely reviewed and considered to be an excellent addition to the series. Scored at 90/100 by Metacritic, the aggregate scorer, and the game was praised for easy-to-learn controls, great offline modes and plenty of extras. Unfortunately, Nintendo fans are getting something else entirely. From the menus to the poses of background images, the game is identical to FIFA 12 in all the ways that matter. Although there are slight changes to the surface of things, this isn't enough to justify the hefty price tag of a game in a dominating franchise.

IGN contacted EA about this (specifically the PS Vita version), asking what had been updated. EA's response was typical PR, saying that the skins, team rosters and other features were up-to-date, and claiming they "felt it was important to continue to offer fans the opportunity to play an authentic football experience..." The game should be titled something different on the 3DS, because it really isn't the same game as FIFA 13 on the other consoles.

Despite all of this, the actual gameplay isn't all that bad. After all, it's just as good as FIFA 12; it just looks different (slightly) and comes with a higher price tag. Players will be able to pick from over 45 playable teams and, with the ever-popular career mode, there is plenty of replay value. Once again it must be stated, however, that if you've played FIFA 12 you won't be getting anything new that is noteworthy. There are no new modes and nothing to set it apart.

Reviews of the game were mostly good, but the "player scoring" section of Metacritic (which is for the game overall, and not for the 3DS version specifically) is weighted down by players that were disappointed by the game's performance on PS Vita, the Nintendo Wii and the 3DS, giving an aggregate score of 58/100. Out of 76 reviews, 34 were negative. Only 29 were positive, leaving the remainder mixed.

3DS Game Modes available in FIFA 13.

11 Vs. 11 gets you into a match with your favorite clubs in authentic stadiums.

Streets Mode

Play with your favorite players from your favorite club or national team in 5 vs. 5 matches in exotic locations around the world whilst on the go.

Match Types Change your win condition in Streets mode:


Choose how long you want your match to last. The team in the lead at the end of that time wins. If the score is even when the time runs out, you go into Golden Goal mode, first to score wins.

Score Mode

Choose how many goals to play to, first to hit the targets wins.

Tug of War

Choose the goal differential to win beforehand, then it is the first to hit that goal score wins.

Local Play

Use your local wireless connection to play head-to-head matches in both 11 vs 11 and Streets mode, other modes.

All in all, it feels as though EA is trying to dupe costumers of certain versions of the game into buying something a year old. While many companies do this, they usually title it in such a way as to indicate that fact, or they sell it as cheap DLC for particular consoles. In this case, the game is named FIFA 13, despite looking exactly the same as previous versions in the series and having very little in common with its brothers on other major consoles. It is better advised to save your money, or buy an older version of what is, in essence, the same game.

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