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As a first attempt at releasing FIFA on Switch, EA has nailed the look and feel and given us a brilliant console and (more notably) handheld game. For that reason alone, Nintendo fans – especially those who haven't owned a good football game in a while – should consider this a must-buy. This won't be enough next year, though: a few little additions aside this is essentially a Legacy Edition port, and while EA Bucharest gets the benefit of the doubt this time as its relatively new to Switch development, if the inevitable FIFA 19 doesn't have full mode parity with the other main versions of the game then no amount of spin will justify it.
FIFA 18, is a good start point for the series with a Nintendo Console. There are few gameplay problems, some modes aren't available, but the game itself, in the portable mode, is very enjoyable.
Review in Italian | Read full review
FIFA 18 on Switch is by far the best portable edition in the FIFA series. It works great in the handheld mode: no framerate issues, quick loading and easy to start. Sadly this version still feels like an old one, but we hope EA Romania can improve the game in the next entry.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
It's difficult to reflect on FIFA 18 for Nintendo Switch. On the one hand, this is definitely the most fully-fledged portable version of FIFA ever. When docked, it performs extremely well, delivering crisp 1080p, 60 frames per second visuals, with enough extra polish to keep it in touching distance of the more powerful consoles. However, it's disappointing that old code couldn't be given the same touch-ups that FIFA 18 received within modes on other consoles, particularly when it comes to Ultimate Team.
We can justify certain absences due to hardware limitations, but FIFA 18 for Nintendo Switch has too many unexcused disappearances of game modes and features.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Don't hope for the same game you can can encounter on PS4 or Xbox One. The Switch version of FIFA 18 is a pleasant but a bit dated one that, despite some embarrassing flaws (keepers, especially), has to be considered as an excellent choice for a handeld experience, single or with a friend.
Review in French | Read full review
FIFA 18 on the Switch brings the series back to Nintendo and with this delivery, it achieves some accolades while leaving stones unturned. If the gameplay is perfectly fluid and playing FIFA on the go is a very welcome feature, it also suffers from several technical limitations which put it one step behind other versions of the game. Harder to understand is the absence of online play against friends and of other functionalities found in other deliveries of FIFA 18.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
The experience falls short of the standards that FIFA 18's console version has set this year, but for times when you're on the go or don't have access to the real thing, the Switch version is decent substitute.
Ultimately, FIFA 18 on Switch is a story of what could have been. Watered-down game modes give the whole experience a feeling of it being a work-in-progress rather than the complete package offered in the PS4 and Xbox One version. If you only want a quick FIFA fix in single-player or local play, the Switch version delivers. But it's such a diluted, Sunday League experience it's impossible to recommend if you're already playing on home consoles.
Being able to play FIFA on the go or with a friend is gratifying, and if you're happy to just play through Career Mode for the next year, then this port will satisfy your needs and is the best mobile FIFA you can buy, but compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, this port is inferior in every other way.
The dream of having a proper version of FIFA that you can take outside with you is finally here, except it's essentially a port of a three-year-old game… Does that really matter? Well, it depends on how desperate you are to play FIFA on a handheld. This is by far the best version of a handheld FIFA, so if that's all you are after then you are sorted. However, the price point (£50/$60) combined with the cut content makes this difficult to recommend to anyone with a current generation console. If you own an Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or PC, do yourself a favor and buy the real version of FIFA 18. You may not be able to take it outside but overall you are getting a much better deal for your money.