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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 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.


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