EA deletes nasty Wii U April Fools' tweets, calls them "unacceptable" and "stupid"

[UPDATE] EA COO Peter Moore apologizes to Nintendo for the tweets.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, EA COO Peter Moore issued a statement on the tweets via his Twitter account.

The original story is below.

Battlefield publisher Electronic Arts has deleted a string of tweets that derided the Wii U for being an underpowered system. The jabs were focused around the fact that EA's proprietary engine, Frostbite, cannot run on Wii U.

Here are some of the since-removed tweets from the Frostbite Twitter account, courtesy of Kotaku, which was able to capture them before they were removed.

"Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our 'netcode'. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU."

"Frostbite will power #HalfLife 3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive."

"Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda."

April Fool's Day is all about having a good laugh, but many thought these tweets went too far. It appears EA re-thought its position as well, seeing as they decided to take them down.

EA supported the Wii U at launch with games like Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Mass Effect 3, FIFA 13, and Madden NFL 13. However, the publisher is no longer working on any Wii U titles whatsoever. By comparison, EA supported the original Wii with 78 titles throughout its lifetime.

Frostbite technical director Johan Andersson said last year that Frostbite 3 has never been up and running on Wii U. EA performed tests early on, but the results were "not too promising," and so the developer "chose not to go down that path."

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Discussion

1002 comments
Zathic
Zathic

It was a joke at a product's expense. Oh no the Wii U's feelings! I understand EA's apology to a potential business partner, but everyone else is strange. 

gregrout
gregrout

If the tweets were funny that would have been alright, but they were kind of daft and malicious. Making an April Fools joke about Titanfall coming to Wii-U. Then make fun that Wii-U players have to hold the Gamepad sideways up their target and swipe each bullet would have been better IMHO. 

k41m
k41m

I prefer Playstation consoles and PC gaming but I like Nintendo but why is everybody getting butthurt about this? I know why, because it was EA. If it was anybody else you people wouldn't care in the slightest. They didn't even say anything that bad just some lame April Fools jokes. 


If people REALLY think this was unacceptable and wrong then the bleeding heart pussies are winning.

crymore_noob
crymore_noob

Poor Wii U... Wii was great, except the fact that very few games worth playing alone. Owned it about 6 years, but I'm sure total play time was less than 24 hours..

jlenoconel
jlenoconel

EA are trying to score browny points by bullying other companies, but it just makes them look stupid.  Nintendo is a much bigger machine than EA will ever hope to be.  I have a lot more respect for Nintendo than I do for EA.  Would be funny to see EA go under, if they haven't already for sucking so hard of course.  That way I can tell no one to feel sorry for them after they way they treated Nintendo whilst they were going through a hard time.  

croidhubh
croidhubh

Typical EA.  Everyone else does things bad, but oooh no, not them.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Frostbite can run on the PS3 and X360 though sooo.....what does that say? Kinda puts all the resolutiongate stuff between PS4 and X1 into a new perspective doesn't it? lol.

martynemec
martynemec

That amazing feeling when you wake up in the morning and remember that you haven't wasted money on an underwhelming Nintendo console in over 10 years...

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

The folks that did this really weren't thinking about what they were doing. They're representing the company as a whole and to openly mock a fellow publisher is below the belt.

Bravo to Moore for stepping up and apologizing.

MundaneHumanist
MundaneHumanist

The real joke is the assertion of quantum entanglement misrepresenting physics and physicists correlating it to something completely irrelevant just to make the appearance that those fat desk sitting nerds understand something about quantum theory.  

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

whats the matter with aprils fools. Seems americans get even more stupid than they actually are there, and everything seems to be permitted just for "the name of aprils fools".


I think americans are living the "entire year fools" rather than just "april". s

limbo12
limbo12

Hey, remember when Moore tanked Sega? What a d-bag; he's probably super popular at EA. 


Of course, the philistines at EA always hedge their bets; so, time to throw Moore under the bus.



Utnayan
Utnayan

Meanwhile, back at Nintendo Marketing: 


"EA gets Battlefield 3 to actually function 6 months after launch. Wait..." 


"Frostbite code for new Zelda game zipped to Nintendo for testing. With an estimated time going through an actual quality assurance team to function before ship along with decompiling the engine and giving it to real software engineers after, we should see destructible barrels by 2034." 


"Retro Studios tapped for Battlefield 4. Developers for Retro state, "We are very excited to work on Battlefield 4. It will be the first time they have had a playable version since the original Battlefield on PC" 


"Medal of Honor makes a comeback. Sells 4 copies in the US" 


"EA has announced a new expansion to Sim City Online. Sim City Offline will be available June 4th for $19.99" 



jackzor123
jackzor123

Ironic seeing as nothing seems to be able to run Battlefield 4 at the minute... good crack EA, fix this shit.

kingtrax
kingtrax

Nintendo responds that "When EA Sports stops reskinning the 2013 version of their games, which IS on Wii U, then they will play on the new Wii."


EA responsed by saying "NEVER!"


Wii U fans didn't shed a tear.

JoInfo
JoInfo

When PlayStation and Xbox go bankrupt years from now, and Nintendo is still alive, we'll see who's laughing.

logansnider
logansnider

Yes, let's talk about the "Origin" of the jokes bad coding. See what I did there? Origin, bad coding... :P

Superfunk2000
Superfunk2000

Hey Peter Moore, why don't you pour yourself a nice big cup of STFU!

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

did anyone really expected a high end machine system from nintendo?

I think the graphics doesn't look bad and even better then most PS3/xbox360 games.


I think MK8 will be one of the best games this year, and maybe we don't have to wait to long for X, which is my most anticipated JRPG for next generation, the trailer exactly showed what i wanted while playing xenoblade chronicles - 

can't say that about FF15, while i still hope the endless years of waiting will bring us a good FF game after more then a decade of waiting, but SquareEnix just isn't the same anymore ...

FF7 Remake? ... sorry we dont' have any ambitions to make games of that quality ... says everything.


I will buy a PS4 and Xone when the good games have arrived, already did that with the WiiU cause of the great games, but i don't see any reasons to do that with PS4, Xone anytime soon.

Good Games matter and as long as Nintendo brings good games i will buy them cause they are v ery enjoyable and all exclusives are high quality games you won't find anywhere else.

Sure Nintendo made a lot of mistakes with the WiiU, but they always made a lot of mistakes but often caused by gameplay quality fictions and new ways to play games and enjoy them.

EA makes itself a joke by putting those comments, they may know about gaming but are far away fom what nintendo did for the whole market and i am sure no frostbite engine game would be good as any nintendo game, EA is just close minded about that.

It doesn't have to be the latest tech and engine to make the best games of its time.

EA acting seems just controvers and unproductiv but that simply fits for a company like EA.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

unacceptable... Wii U should not be discriminated under the veil of April's fool. EA should be ashamed.

dreamreaver721
dreamreaver721

It's funny, EA, how you'll pick on Nintendo and you don't even run your engine on their system. Why not focus on fixing the myriad problems with your engine that does run on other consoles? Maybe the April Fool's joke should've been: "We've released a completely bug-free Battlefield game for a change." That's a joke we'd fully understand and appreciate. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. I'm going out of my way to stay away from your games. #OverYou

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

The best joke would have been , Dice admitting that Battlefield 4 will be fully fixed after new April 1st patch .

dakillasalmon
dakillasalmon

I tell you what is a joke EA,on Fifa 14. I've spent a lot of money on Ultimate team and still you haven't gave me an inform player, where is my apology?

sdoc96
sdoc96

Strange.  I thought the joke part was that EA/DICE fixed something and another company wanted Frostbyte for their engine.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

"Unacceptable" and "stupid" sums up EA quite succinctly. 

zyxahn
zyxahn

Nintendo is really the only system if you want good and relavent console exclusives.   You really don't need an XBone and a PS4.  As long as Myamoto is breathing Nintendo will always have the best game designer.  Titanfall and Infamous are the standouts for the others.  Nintendo has their usual suspects but that's saying alot this year.  DCCountry Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World, Pikmen 3, Monster Hunter, Zombi U was better then the reviews.  While not on the same level obviously, it was like a Dark Souls game with difficulty of dieing so easy and suddenly, Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, LoZ Wind Waker HD and also they have the best version of Rayman Legends imo.  People can hate and game companies and designers can spew dumb sh*t at Nintendo but they can't touch the exclusives that they have over everyone else.

Beagle050
Beagle050

Uh... I was expecting something that was actually nasty and offensive, not harmless jabs at the WiiU. This is what EA calls "unacceptable / stupid?"

godfather830
godfather830

The Half Life 3 tweet was kinda funny... didn't care for the other ones.

RED564
RED564

I should make a tweet saying EA have you fixed Brokenfield 4

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

@martynemec  Meh. I bought a Wii U to play Mario, Donkey Kong and Pikmin. It does so quite admirably. I also bought Playstation and Xbox to play games, but I find that my PC plays them much better and much cheaper. 


Honestly, all these consoles can't go to the trash bin quick enough. They are all a huge waste of money. 

metallinatus
metallinatus

@martynemec  

That amazing feeling when you wake up in the morning and remember that you won't waste money with the 2 times worst company in USA for the rest of your life....

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@eze_sl89 I don't like April Fools' either, but you're no paragon of enlightenment either.

rtainc
rtainc

@eze_sl89  You're representing your country well, by not being stereotypical, nor generalizing. April fools! Fuck off, you "wanger."

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@limbo12 Moore didn't tank Sega.  They were tanked long before Moore came into the picture.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@JoInfo  You mean Sony and Microsoft, conglomerates that are far more than just PlayStation and XBox that will more than likely not be fading into the ether in the foreseeable future, no matter how much they may deserve to.

neroist
neroist

@logansnider I download games off Origin at around 4-6 MB/s on steam it's only 3-4 MB/s. Then I keep the install files for later so I never have to redownload the game again on Origin. Yeah it's better than Steam.

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

@Karmazyn "Discriminated"?  It's a fucking console not a race of people.  Good lord, the melodrama....

snugglebear
snugglebear

@dreamreaver721  The only problem with that is : the root of any truly good April Fools joke must at least be plausible. 

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

@zyxahn This is the age where exclusives have little to no value at all though. No one wants a Wii U because the most sought after games are NOT console exclusives. GTA, Assassins Creed, COD, Dark Souls, Need for Speed, Final Fantasy,  Madden & Nba2k, Saints Row, The Elder Scrolls....not to mention all the new IP's going forward for next gen are all going to only be possible on the PS4 and X1. Mario and Zelda can't keep a console going on their own even if the games are usually great.

69
69

@neroist  When I download games on steam they DL at +25MB/s which maxes out my fiber op connection. I have not DL'd anything from Origin in a while so I can't speak to its DL speed in comparison.

vannacut
vannacut

@neroist  origin lets you download and keep install files? why the f steam wont do that?there are 4-5 games i wanna play but cant, just because they are huge and i dont wanna redownload them on steam...

swordstaker
swordstaker

@rickphoenixxx @zyxahn  Donkey Kong, Fire Emblem, Super Smash Brothers, new Pokemon game hinted to be for the Wii U, Beyonetta, Yoshi the list goes on. Also Assassins Creed 4 and 3 were on Wii U. So was Madden, and Need for Speed.  

neroist
neroist

@vannacut The only problem is that the install folder is anywhere from half to 3/4 the size of the game...

So you would need external storage to hold them if you running out of space on your hard drive(s).