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Trash talk heats up between EA and Nintendo

Apparently unsatisfied with quietly pulling the plug on its support of Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (TYO:7974Wii U console, a top developer Electronics Arts Inc. (EA) has lashed out with a pointed attack on the company and its console.

A developer in EA Sports' Canada studio posted a series of since-delete tweets in which he called the console "crap" and joked that Nintendo was "the Walking Dead".  Bob Summerwill, a senior software engineer had posted:

The Wii U is crap. Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet.  Nintendo are walking dead at this point.

He later added:

Instead, they make this awful console.  It is an utterly intentional decision to focus our resources on markets which actually matter.

His tweet came in response to questions about EA's lack of Wii U announcements.

The Wii U initially sold well during the Holiday 2012 season, but has since struggled with sinking sales.

Facing financial and image problems of its own, EA's corporate chiefs have looked to distance themselves somewhat from the developer comments.  In a statement to Kotaku, EA's PR department writes:

EA has a strong partnership and an active agreement with Nintendo to develop games for the WiiU. Last year we released Mass Effect 3 and several of our EA Sports titles on that platform. So far, we have not announced any new titles for Wii U this year, but that does not preclude more games in the future.

EA also confirmed it would not be releasing Madden NFL 25 or its latest version of FIFA for the console this year.

The Twitter controversy mirrors somewhat Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) creative director Adam Orth, who in April told fans to "deal with" DRM, and proceeded to insult multiple U.S. cities saying he didn't know why people "would want to live there".  Those comments led to an apology from Microsoft and Mr. Orth's firing.  It is unclear whether Mr. Summerwill is still at EA; however, EA Canada is already scheduled for layoffs, so Mr. Summerwill could be in trouble.




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