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EA is finally back on Nintendo consoles with FIFA 18. But how exactly is the game from a technical standpoint on Switch? Digital Foundry investigated the game to find out.

The initial impression is that FIFA 18 on Switch has roots from last-gen versions of the game, but expands with new graphical features and gameplay tweaks. It’s sort of an in between release. The Switch version feels like it’s an extension of FIFA 17 instead of down-porting from FIFA 18 on other consoles.

As things stand now, the Switch version of FIFA 18 has a notable omission. The game currently lacks a way of connecting with friends online. If you’re hoping to challenge a buddy through the internet, the only hope you have is by some matchmaking miracle.

Unfortunately, EA isn’t saying much about the situation. When Eurogamer asked why FIFA 18 has no support for online friend battles, the company merely stated:

“FIFA 18 on Switch offers Local Seasons allowing friends to play against each other across two consoles in close proximity to one another, and we encourage those looking to compete online to take advantage of online modes on Switch including FIFA Ultimate Team, Online Seasons, and Online Tournaments.”

So that’s that. If you want to play against a friend in FIFA 18 on Switch, your best bet is doing so locally.



As you might have seen in our post on last week’s UK software sales, FIFA 18 finally launched and naturally dominated the charts. The Switch version placed at #7 in the individual charts, which is fairly decent. However, the Switch version was outsold by not only the other current gen-versions of the game, but even the Xbox 360 version, which took the fifth place in the sales charts. MCV reports that the Switch version only accounted for about 1% of the total sales of FIFA 18 in its launch week in the UK.

That certainly isn’t a great number, but it’s important to put it into perspective. As mentioned, this only accounts for physical sales – the Switch version might have had a stronger showing on the eShop. There have also been accounts of the Switch version being hard to find in stores – it’s currently sold out on, with new stock only arriving on October 9th. It’s impossible to know for sure, but perhaps the Switch version of FIFA 18 fulfilled EA’s sales expectations – even if those were fairly low expectations.


We reported on one glitch in the Switch version of FIFA 18 earlier today in which player faces are removed, replacing them with a checkerboard design instead. That’s not the only strange bug in the game.

Below we have a look at another odd glitch, and it might be even more bizarre. Player models are completely absent and take on a dark, block-like appearance. This one seems to be a rare occurrence, so it’s something most players may not come across.


Players are encountering a strange glitch with the Switch version of FIFA 18. When it occurs, faces don’t load, and the default model face is swapped in. Early reports suggest that the bug doesn’t appear in any other modes other than a normal match. It may happen when downloading a squad update, and turning on live form.

This video shows the glitch in action:

We imagine that EA will patch the glitch soon – hopefully anyway.


FIFA 18 does offer online play on Switch. Unfortunately though, the game has a huge omission. As the game is now, you have absolutely no way of playing with friends online. The only way you can run into a friend is through random chance.

EA patching FIFA 18 to support the feature may not be entirely off the table. But as the game stands now, that is a significant feature to be lacking.

Other elements missing from the Switch version of FIFA 18 compared to its console counterparts can be found here.



A whole bunch of gameplay has come in for the Switch version of FIFA 18, which launches today. Take a look at almost two hours of footage bleow.

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

FIFA 18 is the series’ first entry on Switch, and the first game in the franchise to hit a Nintendo system in quite a few years. On the whole, it contains many of the same features as other platforms, but some key elements are missing.

We do know that The Journey is missing from the Switch version of FIFA 18. The story mode won’t be present, seemingly due to how tied it is to Frostbite. Rather than using that engine on Switch, Nintendo’s console incorporates custom technology.

USgamer also put together a nice piece outlining other missing Switch features that you may not have been aware of. Here’s what the site shares:

The FIFA series makes its debut on Switch tomorrow with FIFA 18. Rather than taking what was on other platforms and transplanting it onto Switch, EA created the Switch version with a custom engine. If you’re curious about how FIFA 18 compares to other editions – namely Xbox One – watch the video below.

FIFA 18 will be released on Switch tomorrow, September 29th, which marks the series’ return to Nintendo consoles after several years of absence. However, it seems like not all Switch users will actually get to play it tomorrow. As GoNintendo reports, German retailer Media Markt has told those who ordered the Switch version of the game that it won’t be arriving this week. Furthermore, the Switch version is currently unable to pre-ordered at several stores, such as Amazon or Gamestop, or had its release date changed to “coming soon” on Thalia.

It’s currently unknown what the issue seems to be, or why it’s only affecting the Switch version of the game. We also don’t know yet if the digital version is affected as well. Its release date is still listed as September 29th on the eShop in Germany, though we won’t know for sure until tomorrow.


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