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FIFA 13 for Wii U will open the game up to casual players and smartphone users

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FIFA 13 on Wii U will open the long-running soccer franchise up to new players who are more used to touch screens than console controllers, according to the producer of the Wii U title, Matt Prior, in a recent interview with Polygon.

With the upcoming Manager Central feature coming to the Wii U game, users will be able to play in co-op with one player stepping into the shoes of the manager. Managers will access game statistics and information through the Wii U tablet, as well as have the chance to change formation and set up man marking.

"It allows for more casual players to become involved, with its touch screen," said Prior. "Most people have got a smart phone. With the manager system it's feasible to even just make player substitutions and sit back otherwise."

However, Manager Central can also offer a more in-depth way to play the game for those who are more statistically inclined, according to Prior who adds that there are "thousands of combinations" in terms of possible formations to explore.

In addition, how the manager chooses to play will affect the co-op team, which will be given a score or "report card" following the match, explains Prior, and will detail both how well you did overall and how well you worked together.

FIFA 13 launched in North America on September 25th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation Vita, 3DS, Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, and iOS. The Wii U version will launch alongside the console on November 18th.