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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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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

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...

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