Nintendo Wii U: No EA Games for You!
May 17, 2013 8:35 AM
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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
that, "We have no games in development for the Wii U currently.”
The statement comes as no surprise as the popularity and
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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RE: Gaming at an all time low
5/17/2013 4:17:31 PM
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 !
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