EA Sports reveals what to expect from FIFA on Nintendo Switch

Posted June 13th, 2017 at 11:30 am

Much of the conversation around the FIFA for Nintendo Switch that will release in September has centered on what will be missing from the product. It won’t be on the Frostbite engine and it won’t have The Journey story mode. Now EA Sports has revealed exactly what to look for out of the game that appears to now officially be called FIFA 18 with the notation of this version being unique to the Switch. 

This new edition brings the modes fans know and love, including FIFA Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Kick Off and Local Seasons, making it the deepest portable game ever to be introduced by EA SPORTS FIFA. Ultimate Team fans will get to participate in beloved features like Squad Building Challenges, Online and Offline Seasons, Tournaments, and Draft. Players will enjoy live campaigns connected to the narrative of the football season, the Transfer Market, and more Ultimate Team features that will be revealed very soon.

With a variety of controller and display configurations available, as well as split Joy-Con support, FIFA 18 built for Switch offers a responsive and exciting experience – no matter how you play. With advanced rendering technology, FIFA 18 delivers the most technologically-advanced portable FIFA experience ever. Brand-new pitch environments, realistic character likeness, and new gameplay mechanics, all built for Switch.

Essentially FIFA for the Switch looks to be comparable to FIFA 16 with some minor upgrades in terms of gameplay. The main selling point will of course be the portability and its interesting to see EA specifically referring to the Switch on multiple occasions as a “portable console.” Allowing for the game to be taken on the go with Ultimate Team able to be played anywhere there is wifi could be huge but it’s unclear whether the crowd that pays a lot of money to play will be found on a Nintendo system or have the room to grow there. Whether the portability aspect is enough to compensate for the missing story mode and downgraded graphics compared to the other consoles is the question that won’t be answered until late this year.

  • Iown You

    I feel very sorry for Nintendo players. But they continue to accept this joke bed and they therefore deserve to sleep in it.

    • Smsixx

      The core Nintendo audience are not sport game players. This is Nintendo simply testing the waters with a 3rd party provider to basically see what happens.

      The Switch has already been labeled a critical and commercial success, and nearly four months after launch it’s still damn near impossible to find one on a shelf.

      You’re talking like the Wii-U just released. It’s a new day my friend.

      • Iown You

        The Switch is just a portable Wii U. Weak power for the times, poor 3rd party support.

        This video sums up Nintendo and the Switch quite well:


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        • ConCity Soldier

          @iown_you:disqus Why are you hating on Nintendo gamers for buying a Switch? You can’t tell a grown man what to purchase, just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean everyone else should agree with you.

          • Iown You

            Another millennial misusing the word “hate”. Yep, everything is “hate” when we don’t like something because nobody is allowed to say they don’t like something because if they do (OH NO!) they’re a “hater”. Smh, please.

            I have news for you, millennial drone, I don’t “hate” the Switch, I hate Nintendo’s CHOICES. And clearly, a tablet with poor 3rd party support is a bad choice that no honest non-fanboy would ever defend.

            Lastly, I never told you or anyone else what to buy or not to buy nor did I tell anyone they had to agree with me on anything, so save it.

    • BravesFan24

      No one in their right mind would ever buy a Nintendo system to play sports sims like FIFA or NBA 2K. Most people nowadays buy a Nintendo system to play the exclusive first-party games. Because love Nintendo or hate them, they do put out some awesome exclusives.

      With that said, I agree it’s a shame that this kind of thing is common on Nintendo consoles when it comes to not just sports titles, but third-party support in general. Perhaps the Switch will accomplish what the Wii U and its predecessors could not in that department, but lazy ports like this one from EA aren’t a good sign of what is to come. As someone else mentioned, if it sells well, EA will just keep releasing half-assed efforts for the Switch. If it doesn’t, EA won’t release anything for it all. Lose-lose either way.

      • Iown You

        The problem though, is that Nintendo fans spent the last 6 months running their mouths about how much 3rd party support was coming to the Switch. E3 came and went and we know now that isn’t the case.

        So, it appears Nintendo’s fanbase really does expect more than 1st party titles, but aren’t learning from history what the situation will actually be.

  • MoneyMayweather

    If I can get my hands on a switch before the end of the year I”ll buy this game but switches are hard to find online.

    • Boo

      Life’s a switch and then you die.

  • PS4 and Switch owner here. Can’t beat the Switch for portability, so would like sports games to succeed on it. Yes you can rig up the Vita to play PS4 on the go – but its not perfect and the controls are difficult as the Vita is missing the second pair of shoulder buttons (and the touch screen back is not ideal).

    All that said, starting the series on the Switch essentially two steps backwards means that even if FIFA is wildly successful on the Switch, EA will take that as a reason to rest on its laurels and release a similar rehash next year. If it doesn’t sell? Well, then no more FIFA on the Switch. Set up for mostly a lose-lose…