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EA says no Wii U games in development

EA has its fingers in the video game segment on just about every device out there from portable consoles to traditional consoles, computers, and even mobile devices. However, there is one particular platform that EA has no interest in accommodating.

That device is the Nintendo Wii U. EA spokesperson Jeff Brown recently told Kotaku that, "We have no games in development for the Wii U currently.”
 
The statement comes as no surprise as the popularity and sales figures of Nintendo's Wii U console has plummeted since its introduction. Nintendo bet big on the Wii U and its touchscreen controller hoping for the same sort of success Nintendo have early on with original Wii.


That success has failed to materialize and things keep getting worse and worse for Nintendo.
 
EA's statement that it has no games in development for the console is a marked contrast to EA's plans of only a few years ago. EA was on stage during the Nintendo Wii U was unveiled in 2011 at E3 promising an "unprecedented partnership" with Nintendo.

EA did deliver on several games early in the Wii U lifecycle, including ports of Mass Effect 3, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Madden, and FIFA. Each of those games have been available on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 for a long time before hitting the Wii U.

EA's decision to not develop games for specific console has resulted in the death of consoles in the past. EA decided not to publish its incredibly popular sports games on the Sega Dreamcast back in 1999 and that move was seen as one of the big signs of Sega's decline as a console maker. The Dreamcast was the last game console produced by Sega. 


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I hope Nintendo does not die!
By ertomas on 5/17/2013 9:06:44 AM , Rating: 5
I want Nintendo to stay alive, whether as a console maker or as a game developer.

I want my 3 month old son to play Mario and Zelda when he grows up.

Current games have no characters' kids can relate to. How can a kid relate to a guy on COD:MWWWWLAASSS 34? Or fifa 2003333?

I may sound old (I'm 31) but old games where challenging and/or made you think a lot in order to advance. Most current games just require you to mash buttons mindlessly or spend money to go forward.

/Rant end




RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By DanNeely on 5/17/2013 9:14:43 AM , Rating: 5
I'm just as old(?) as you; but over the last few years I've found myself gravitating increasingly to indie, and often retro, games that while lacking the eye candy of AAA titles provide characters that you can relate to and stories that aren't just a rail line for the cutscenes.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By Mitch101 on 5/17/13, Rating: 0
RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By Samus on 5/17/2013 1:13:10 PM , Rating: 5
This is irrelevant because Nintendo has always been about first-party titles.

EA never contributed anything meaningful to Nintendo's lineup. It's usually just a bunch of bad ports from other consoles.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By inperfectdarkness on 5/17/2013 3:17:46 PM , Rating: 3
I bet they're also butthurt because they wouldn't be able to require "online at all times" DRM BS.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By karimtemple on 5/17/2013 3:22:27 PM , Rating: 2
Ostensibly, the main reason is they were displeased with Frostbite 2 performance on the Wii U and didn't want to spend resources working on Wii U for Frostbite 3 (which is supporting about 15 upcoming games right now).

Naturally this is hilarious because Frostbite platform performance is their fault, not the Wii U's.


By GulWestfale on 5/17/2013 7:25:21 PM , Rating: 2
i remember when EA made a huge deal out of not supporting the dreamcast (without us, it will fail etc etc), and then selling dreamcast games -quietly- in japan. two-faced bastards.

as far as nintendo is concerned, has anyone in the history of videogames, and this is a serious question, ever bought a nintendo console because they wanted to play an EA game? has anyone ever bought any console just to play an EA game?

no? that's what i thought.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By InsGadget on 5/18/2013 12:01:16 PM , Rating: 2
So it's EA's fault the Wii U is such crappy hardware?


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By Alexvrb on 5/18/2013 7:46:23 PM , Rating: 2
EA could get Frostbite 3 running on Wii U as well as it does on the other consoles, of this I have no doubt. But the problem is, is it worth all that effort when they already have invested in getting it working well on PS3 and Xbox 360, with 100 times the userbase of the Wii U?

I guess I'm saying that it's not strictly a hardware problem, but people forget just how much time, money, and effort it takes to really extract all the performance out of a console. The Wii U just isn't worth the effort. It's on par with existing consoles... so why bother? Why not just release on PC, PS3 and 360? In addition, the upcoming PS4 and Xbox Infinity will both run it better, even before lots of optimizing.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By EricMartello on 5/20/2013 7:20:29 AM , Rating: 2
More like frostbloat...

Kinda tired of this fixation with "game engines" which once used to represent a compact library of optimized code that was at or near machine-level and today are more like a multi-layer crapwich of APIs, classes and APIs for APIs and wrappers for classes because of incompatibilities that accompany the clusterfcuk that is a modern game "engine".

To put this another way - the fact that frostbloat has high hardware requirements is not something for its makers to be proud of; it's representative of the general decline of human intelligence, as they cannot figure out a more efficient method of coding the engine.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By karimtemple on 5/20/2013 9:52:48 AM , Rating: 2
DICE has actually done a really great job with Frostbite over time. The most likely scenario here is that EA simply would not allow resources to be allocated to the Wii U, because it was determined to be a dud, or because of some secret disagreement with Nintendo, or something.

Popular multi-use game engines are super necessary today because of the complexity of modern hardware and game expectations. Middleware has always been a thing.

It takes a lot of resources to make "AAA" games these days, and "multi-layer crapwich of APIs, classes and APIs for APIs and wrappers for classes" are now economically necessary because nobody wants to pay $150 for each video game they buy.

It's less about human intelligence and more about waiting 8 years for a dev group to put out each piece of software with a 70% increase in price each time.


By EricMartello on 5/20/2013 1:42:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Popular multi-use game engines are super necessary today because of the complexity of modern hardware and game expectations. Middleware has always been a thing.


Yes, middleware is a business that spawned out of the desire to shift from a few quality games to a lot of crappy games in a given time period.

How many REALLY good games can you name over the last decade? Not some niche that you and 1 other person likes...I'm talking about legendary games like Final Fantasy 7, Chrono Trigger, Zelda (SNES), Xenosaga, Street Fighter 2, Mega Man.

Ok, I can name one - Tales of Vesperia - that game was great, but it was not FF7 caliber and I only found out about it because amazon suggested it to me while I was searching for toon porn.

Back in the 16-bit era and for a some part of the 32-bit era we had a solid title come out every 1-2 years and we didn't mind waiting because we knew it was worth the wait. More importantly, the games I mentioned had staying power. You could play them more than once and enjoy them, and they took time to complete.

quote:
It's less about human intelligence and more about waiting 8 years for a dev group to put out each piece of software with a 70% increase in price each time.


My point is that the eye candy is not a REPLACEMENT for quality game design. What are the two big titles now? Battlefield and Call of Duty? These are dumbed-down FPS games that keep getting recycled every year.

Innovation and true creativity seems to have shifted to the start-up devs and individual game makers. Maybe that's what needed to happen.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By The0ne on 5/17/2013 2:07:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a retrogamer so I love the old games. Not much involve with the new games really, or the new systems. But since I have interest in the technology, both software and hardware, I keep up with the tread.

The funny thing is I see people, including my nephews and nieces, that are playing retro and indie games on their next gen consoles. It's hilarious frankly but I am glad. What it tells me is that there are great games that doesn't require the oohhh, aaahhh graphics of today. What you're experiencing isn't odd to me at all. In fact, I think it's natural. Call it nostalgia or what have you but there's nothing like grinning happily when loading up Zelda or Mario from the past :)


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By maugrimtr on 5/20/2013 11:26:14 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm just as old(?) as you; but over the last few years I've found myself gravitating increasingly to indie, and often retro, games that while lacking the eye candy of AAA titles provide characters that you can relate to and stories that aren't just a rail line for the cutscenes


Not to mention...Kerbal Space Program ;). Indie games don't need to be traditional either. KSP was so damn addictive I had to deliberately will myself not to play it several weeks after purchasing it in November. Indie games also don't need to make crazy profits - something which drives companies like EA into really bad directions.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By quiksilvr on 5/17/2013 9:19:57 AM , Rating: 4
Uh...those classic Mario games still exist. Introduce him to those old retro games and ween him in to the later ones as he gets older.

Just because its not 4K, 60fps, 3D and on a 100" screen doesn't mean it's inferior.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By karimtemple on 5/17/2013 9:49:51 AM , Rating: 3
Actually, it kind of does. You're right that the technology doesn't make the game, however the technique does. That's why as much as much as people try to deny this, newer things really are [capable of being] better than the older things: movies, music, people, etc.

The techniques; they've grown, they've evolved, and they've been enabled by technological advancement. If in 2013 you put out a movie filmed on 1955 hardware using 1955 acting and directing techniques, it would be really really difficult to like. Similarly, if Mario doesn't change he will get...well... old.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By drlumen on 5/17/2013 12:12:35 PM , Rating: 3
The technology does not make the content better. It may make it more marketable in this 4k, 3D, IMAX, Dolby, THX society but not necessarily better. Capable of being better? Content wise, I'm not sure about that...

There are many movies from the 50's that still stand the test of time and are better than the majority of the crap that Hollywood is releasing today.

Now, where did I leave my game punch cards for the Eniac?


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By foolsgambit11 on 5/17/2013 2:19:04 PM , Rating: 2
And there are many movies from the 50's that are worse than the majority of crap that Hollywood is releasing today. The good stuff is the stuff that sticks around. Just like with the NES - out of the hundreds of games released for that system, only a handful are so good they deserve to be played for any reason other than nostalgia.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By inperfectdarkness on 5/17/2013 3:26:11 PM , Rating: 2
I can't even count on both hands and both feet all of the games on the NES that are worth their weight in gold. I still have over 30 in my own personal collection. Here's a non-exclusive list, and I don't even need to go look at my shelf:

tecmo-bowl
double-dribble
punch-out!
pro-wrestling
excitebike
blaster-master
bionic-commando
mario 1,2 & 3
zelda 1 & 2
faxandu
bubble-bubble
contra
cobra-command
gauntlet
star tropics
zoda's revenge
kirby's adventure
metroid
commando
dr. mario


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By karimtemple on 5/17/2013 3:53:30 PM , Rating: 2
Video games didn't exist before video games existed. Are you asking for old games to be mimicked more closely? I feel like we need to be fair about this.

Games were a niche market back then. It's really rare for a great game to translate to the mainstream market. EA wants to make mainstream market games; that's where the money is. These are not artists. At the same time, the market is just people and the games we like to think are so terrible and uninspired are the games that are selling*. EA doesn't make games you dislike because they're your antagonists, they do it because they've got their heads in the game.

*and creativity is expensive


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By augiem on 5/17/2013 4:16:09 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Are you asking for old games to be mimicked more closely?


iPhone/Android games. Nuff said. Phone devs have no qualms about outright stealing old game designs, throwing their own graphics on top, and selling it. I wish someone would sue their butts off.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By Manch on 5/20/2013 4:27:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Video games didn't exist before video games existed.


Thank God you clarified that for all of us!


By karimtemple on 5/20/2013 9:54:52 AM , Rating: 2
Any time. :D


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By Mitch101 on 5/17/2013 10:53:05 AM , Rating: 1
Ive built a few retro arcade cabinets and in order to have the full experience I highly recommend proper controls no gamepad can replace a happ joystick. No thumb machine with real buttons you can smack with the index fingers.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By Manch on 5/20/2013 4:24:14 AM , Rating: 2
When i was a kid i used to go into the stores in Japan and the PI where they had mario on the gigantic screens. I always wanted to be able to play on that. When I got my first projector (720p) I just had to bust out the SNES and N64. Mario games on a 100inch screen is awesome! Hell Pilot Wings is awesome, blurry, but awesome!I have SNES Super Mario All Stars, and I still play it, Metroid, and seve4ral others.


By karimtemple on 5/17/2013 9:41:48 AM , Rating: 2
A world without Nintendo hardware would be pitiful. I didn't like the Wii or the Wii U, but I absolutely do not want the ideas to stop.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By TSS on 5/17/2013 9:41:56 AM , Rating: 2
To be honest i want my son to play new nintendo IP on par with mario or zelda when he grows up.

Mario and zelda are older then me. Even older then you! Yet we're still getting mario and zelda games which are hardly any different from the ones that came before it. Because if they where, they'd suck.

I keep a directory of dosgames on my PC at all times (C64/msdos for me, never had a NES/SNES) which my future kids will be certain to enjoy. Those games where good back then and are still as good now. And it'll teach the brats to put gameplay over graphics, too.

But aside from those experiences i want them to grow up with their own IP, their own experiences to relate to. So they both get the same level of excitement we used to have, while we get to keep our memories of great games intact. Don't forget it's those memories that make it great for you, imagine being a 6 year old kid now having to go through the mountain of backstory and other games before you're able to enjoy the current generation of the same game.

Unless nintento remembers how to go balls out with technology and makes a new SNES, i'd rather them go full software atleast in the console market. Without their own system to push their shovelware they will have to innovate, which will bring more goodies to us all.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By elleehswon on 5/17/2013 10:24:51 AM , Rating: 2
yeah, i hear you.. this one time, i changed my arm out for a blaster and then i was all like..man, i'm just like megaman...


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By ertomas on 5/17/2013 11:51:28 AM , Rating: 2
That's kinda what I mean, even today you do not see kids disguised as "the guy from COD", you see them as Mario and Luigi!

Well, anyways, we'll just have to wait and see. Maybe by the time he grows up there will be no videogames. What if he is The One and gets unplugged from the Matrix or if the machines do raise and nuke the hell out of us???


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By KFZ on 5/17/13, Rating: 0
By inighthawki on 5/17/2013 1:30:27 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I didn't want to imagine myself as a short, fat plumber in red overalls jumping on turtles

Neither did I, but then again that's not even remotely what I was thinking when I was having fun playing...


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By Nortel on 5/17/13, Rating: 0
RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By ertomas on 5/17/2013 11:47:24 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Seriously? I want my children to read books and live life, not play a particular franchise of video game.


You took my words out of context. We're talking Nintendo here, hence my statement.

I played Mario, Zelda, COD, BF, HL, etc etc, and also read a lot of books and played outside with my childhood friends. Learnt to play guitar, drums, became a BSc, MBA, a husband and now a father.

I want my kid(s) to have their own experiences as well. I didn't mean that all I wanted for him was to play video games...


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By The0ne on 5/17/2013 2:10:49 PM , Rating: 2
I had to LMAO at his reply to yours. I hope it wasn't serious. I read tons of books...I mean shopping cart loads of books when I check out. Back then libraries reward kids for reading as many books as they can and that's what I did :P There were no limits to the amount of books you can check out and they know me and trusted me so they allowed me to check out cart full of books :D

Then my other addiction was NES and my Amiga500.


By karimtemple on 5/17/2013 2:25:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Seriously? I want my children to read books and live life, not play a particular franchise of video game.


This seems unironic, which is simultaneously hilarious and sad.


RE: I hope Nintendo does not die!
By Falacer on 5/17/2013 12:19:52 PM , Rating: 2
Nintendo isn't going anywhere just because the Wii U has failed. They are still far and away the top portable game developer. So they swung for the fences and struck out on the Wii U.

It won't stop them from coming out with something else in a couple years. If anything maybe it pushes up the R&D on their next console.

And there are many ways to play the games we grew up on (I am 41) so our kids can enjoy them too.


By TakinYourPoints on 5/18/2013 5:46:19 AM , Rating: 3
Nintendo getting out of the hardware business would be a huge loss for the entire industry.

The d-pad, shoulder buttons, analog stick control (defined by Super Mario 64), trigger buttons, rumble, motion control, these were all physical interfaces and features that were brought to market by Nintendo and then imitated by other companies.

You need a company where hardware R&D and software development happen under the same roof.


Gaming at an all time low
By Shadowmaster625 on 5/17/2013 10:27:01 AM , Rating: 2
The state of gaming hasn't been this abysmal since 1984. There is nothing new or original in any games. No companies can figure out how to be creative with all these touch and motion interfaces. It is an epic disappointment. The people are to blame for this also, not just the devs. Kids today would rather play garbage flash games that spew ads and sport recycled mindless badly programmed content. Just because it is new and in their face to match their microscopic attention spans. Really, how else can you explain why a kid would want to play some stupid flash game rather than a 10 year old console game that is better in every way?




RE: Gaming at an all time low
By deathwombat on 5/17/2013 12:52:08 PM , Rating: 2
Since 1984? Good sir, the Super Nintendo enabled all kinds of new genres that would have been impossible, or at least horrible, on earlier consoles. Mode 7, for instance, made games like F-Zero and Super Mario Kart possible. Super Mario World clones for NES suck-diddly-ucked. There's a reason Nintendo didn't let Mario ride a dinosaur until the SNES. Super Metroid is still a classic.

The N64 allowed for true, free range 3D environments that just wouldn't have worked on SNES. Super Mario 64 was revolutionary and still one of the best games ever made. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is still one of my favorite games ever.

The PlayStation's combination of more powerful hardware and the massive capacity of CDs made Final Fantasy VII possible. I'm sorry, but I've never played an Intellivision game that drew me into its world and amazed me with its plot twists like FF7. Yes, stories with a plot were possible on the NES (Dragon Warrior IV was pretty epic), but the FMV cinematic sequences and vastly superior audio hardware definitely created an immersive experience that wasn't possible on 1984 hardware.

I think an argument can be made that improvements to hardware and storage capacity have not really allowed for the creation of new genres since the N64/PS1 era. Subsequent consoles have improved the experience of existing genres by having superior graphics and sound, better physics and AI, and larger worlds and more content with less loading time. The Wii introduced a new way to interact with video games, which is why it was so successful. My Nintendo DS is my favorite handheld console ever, and I do feel that the second screen and touchscreen funcationality have improved my gaming experience. I no longer need to pause my game to see map and status screens or change my character's equipment, and I do enjoy some of the gameplay and battle options that a touchscreen allows. If you ask me, the state of gaming has only been in trouble since 2004 or 2006, depending on how much you appreciate the Wii.

I think the problem with the Wii U is twofold.

1. The new gameplay option is a feature that is better suited for handheld consoles. I don't want to look at my controller when I have a huge TV in front of me.
2. Nintendo's strategy of selling inferior hardware and hoping that the new gameplay option would sell the console was successful for the first few years of the Wii, but it's not enough this time around. If the Wii U could compete with upcoming "eighth generation" consoles from Microsoft and Sony, it could be worth buying regardless of whether or not you like the new controller. If you don't like the new controller, a console with "seventh generation" hardware is not going to be worth buying once the PS4 and Xbox 720 get here, unless you really REALLY like Nintendo's first-party games.


RE: Gaming at an all time low
By inperfectdarkness on 5/17/2013 3:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
He means 1984, as in "The day all the E.T. cartridges were buried in the desert." And he's quite right in that assessment.

I don't think the verdict is in on the Wii-U just yet. I'll wait until some more 1st party Nintendo games come online--and hopefully other 3rd party stuff as well. I'm also itching to see if Nintendo will make use of the new controller & make a DS adapter for the Wii-U (there hasn't been a game adapter since the GCN (and prior to that, the SNES). I actually still have my GCN primarily for this reason.


RE: Gaming at an all time low
By karimtemple on 5/17/2013 4:23:48 PM , Rating: 2
This.


RE: Gaming at an all time low
By wempa on 5/17/2013 4:17:31 PM , Rating: 2
You hit on an interesting point. I think there are a few problems for video games right now. First off, games have only marginally improved over the last decade or so. Part of this is hardware-related. I remember back in the Sega Dreamcast / Sony PS1 days when a new console launch brought about a lot of excitement. That's not really the case anymore. Secondly, our attention is scattered across a lot more things now. Smart phones, tablets, laptops are now a lot more available now. Movies/shows can now be streamed/downloaded in addition to being seen on the 100s of cable channels. So, a lot of times we settle for some other form of entertainment rather than load up a console or PC game. Finally, the video game market is way over-saturated right now. There are loads of older PC or console titles available for dirt cheap. With all of these factors, it's easy to see why video games are struggling right. Heck, if MS decides to make their next console online-only, I'll ditch that in a heart beat too !


RE: Gaming at an all time low
By Ramstark on 5/17/2013 5:33:50 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree completely with you. There is nothing new or original since 1984? Besides previous breakthroughs pointed out by the previous reply to your post, I'll say that Kinect is a huge advancement that you appear to dismiss ...
Now, "flash" games are another story, but for gaming there has been a lot of interesting advances nowadays...


I just may
By Asetha on 5/17/2013 9:59:29 AM , Rating: 2
Go out and buy a Wii U just because of this. Thanks for informing me that I will never have to put up with the troglodytes at EA with a Wii U.

Saved me some heartburn.




RE: I just may
By DiscoWade on 5/17/2013 10:31:28 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I wasn't going to buy any of the latest generation of consoles because I prefer computer games. But now I'm thinking about buying 2 Wii U's just to stick it to EA.


RE: I just may
By karimtemple on 5/17/2013 10:57:31 AM , Rating: 2
Logic: You're doing it wrong.

- EA's software does not affect you either way if you don't use it.
- Wii U sales don't hurt EA.
- Wii U sales help EA, if enough are sold to create a viable user base for EA to deploy software to.
- Purchasing a Wii U would contribute directly to the real problem, because the real problem is Nintendo. They've failed to produce a satisfactory flow of interesting software and they've failed to do anything else to compel developers or players to invest in their new design. They truly need to just double down on their software R&D right now, as well as invest in some 2nd-party development contracts. As cookie-cutter as the other two consoles are, Nintendo has a lot of opportunity available to them that they're just squandering somehow.


I don't think so
By karimtemple on 5/17/2013 9:02:02 AM , Rating: 2
Myth: EA is a console killer.

Fact: EA is a video game killer.

Double Fact: No one ever expected the Wii U to succeed.

When they announced the Wii U and its core tech, the entire world had the same reaction -- fans, analysts, investors: ".....whaaaaa? Why?"




RE: I don't think so
By mcnabney on 5/17/2013 9:06:14 AM , Rating: 2
Truth: EA is a video game production company killer


Dreamcast
By Hellfire27 on 5/17/2013 9:05:10 AM , Rating: 2
I miss the Dreamcast. Skies of Arcadia, Shenmue, Soul Caliber, Phantasy Star Online: all staples of my early teen gaming years. It was the first console with true internet capability and it was fun as hell.




RE: Dreamcast
By xti on 5/17/2013 11:42:34 AM , Rating: 2
that one olympics game was awesome with 4 players. took forever to load, which gave us time to down a beer.


A controller I must look at
By bug77 on 5/17/2013 9:14:06 AM , Rating: 3
Who would have thought such a brilliant idea could fail?




Nintendo
By warun on 5/17/2013 9:50:54 AM , Rating: 2
if they remove the region lock thingy, it will do better, slightly at-least.




Stupid complaint
By BPB on 5/17/2013 10:45:52 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The statement comes as no surprise as the popularity and sales figures of Nintendo's Wii U console has plummeted since its introduction. Nintendo bet big on the Wii U and its touchscreen controller hoping for the same sort of success Nintendo have early on with original Wii.

Who wrote that paragraph and where did he go to school? It reads like the poor English I expect from one of my Indian co-workers.




Another nail?
By ballist1x on 5/17/2013 11:00:57 AM , Rating: 2
Look, i know EA get a bad rep, but ultimately they do make games that sell by the bucket load.

By not having EA games, they are effectively alienating a large part of the buying market who want the latest fifa, or NHL or whatever it is.

Yes Nintendo do have their own nice IP but (flame jacket on)they are more suited to a younger audience, the games are more cartoony...

And before you call me a hater, i actually prefer games like Mario Kart (original SNES), Mario World, Zelda (SNES) etc than their reborn 3d counterparts on ANY console, be that N64 or WiiU.

This was a time when graphics were basic but usable and really gameplay and story were king. The time before absolute polygon processing power took over and dev's devoted too much resource to the graphics and not the story.




Misleading.
By CZroe on 5/17/2013 11:03:56 AM , Rating: 2
"Each of those games have been available on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 for a long time before hitting the Wii U."
Out of context, this makes it sound like EA was reluctant to support the Wii U with those games but the reason why it took so long was because the Wii U did not exist.

Giving us a bunch of games we've already played and then complaining about understandably poor sales isn't supporting the Wii U. Ubisoft showed how it was done with the original Wii by launching new franchises on it at launch (Red Steel, Rayman Raving Rabbids, etc). SEGA did the same with the Nintendo DS launch (Feel the Magic XY/XX and Puyo Puyo Fever). For them, it paid off, but that may not have happened for EA even if they supported it similarly due to cooling interest in consoles over-all in a market where smart devices are stealing casual players and $60 a pop for software just doesn't fly with the average consumer especially with the reduced value of 1-time DLC/no online resale trends.




Why can't Nintendo..
By just4U on 5/18/2013 3:42:15 AM , Rating: 2
.. simply go into their own games library (which is extensive..) and re-introduce old games with all new graphics? There are a ton of older games out there that I'd be willing to buy/play if they didn't look so 1990ish.




What we've been wishing for...
By In2Boost on 5/18/2013 10:54:52 AM , Rating: 2
"Nintendo Wii U: No EA Games for You!"

The Wii U may have just become the best console ever.




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