EA: Nintendo is not dead to us

COO Peter Moore responds to recent report, saying, "Nintendo's a great partner."

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Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore has responded to a recent report that featured a quote from an anonymous EA developer who reportedly said "Nintendo was dead to us quickly" after the Wii U failed to live up to expectation.

Moore says this isn't true.

"Don’t trust 'anonymous sources.' Nintendo's a great partner," Moore said today on Twitter. "They never have been, and never will be, ‘dead’ to EA…"

The author of the CVG report then tweeted at Moore to point out that source was from inside EA. Moore responded to this by saying, "I know where I, as the COO, and my company stands on this relationship, despite the comments of your anonymous source."

Last summer, an EA senior software engineer did not hold back when expressing his feelings for the Wii U, labeling the system as "crap." He would later delete this tweet.

EA supported the Wii U with launch titles like Mass Effect 3, FIFA 13, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and Madden NFL 13, but as of May 2013, the company has no Wii U titles in development. By comparison, EA supported the original Wii throughout its lifespan with more than 75 games.

The "featured platforms" drop-down menu on the EA website does not include Wii U.

Earlier this week, Nintendo cut Wii U sales forecasts by a colossal 69 percent from 9 million to 2.8 million for the year ending this March. The company also lowered full-year forecasts so deeply that it now expects to record a loss for the third straight year.

Discussion

417 comments
SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

Always the same PR BS: Nintendo is great, Wii U is great, the world is great, we are great and everything is great, but, of course, while everything is great we still won't make any games for it. It would be amusing if MS, Sony and Nintendo got together and boycotted EA and all their products until it resolved to support every platform.

A single joint statement: "we are closing the door at EA, none of our platforms will play EA games from now on". You can be sure that the lazy and overpaid brass at the top would come out of their coma and move their ass.

goldenagegamer
goldenagegamer

yeah the wii u is not dead to ea because they see that xbone has almost a million unsold units.  DOH

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Sure Peter, we believe you.


Said no one ever.

Danny_KickAzz
Danny_KickAzz

Im pretty confident that the Wii U would pick up when the new Super smash bro's launches. Mostly just a hunch, but you never know.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Considering they've abandoned the system this statement comes across as simple P.R trying to play nice while they watch Nintendo sink.

Lostat
Lostat

Well its pretty much impossible to believe EA's statement endorsing Nintendo, when they've pretty much abandoned Nintendo at a time when the Wii U desperately needs more titles.  If I were Nintendo I'd be thinking "f*** you EA you hypocritical two-faced piece of s***".

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

EA: Master of saying one thing and doing another.

kryotech
kryotech

Nintendo needs to abandon the gamepad tablet controller, cause its just not working. They should move on to something else.

thekorican
thekorican

Of course he's going to retract that statement.  EA might not make games for the Wii U but the 3DS is still very profitable and has a huge fan base.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

The way I see it, Nintendo is a partner to no one but themselves. Yeah they say they want more third party games on their system, but they somehow fail to be convincing. And the publishers are d**ks to Wii U too, but there's a vicious circle here. Wii U isn't selling well because it has a poor library of games because it doesn't sell well. And to be fair, if the news that Watch Dogs is cancelled for Wii U, (which I personally doubt, but could be true) it's only because the hardware is trully outdated. I don't hate Nintendo or their products, but these are the guys who practically pushed modern console gaming to what it is today. I'd hate to see them become Atari.

snaketus
snaketus

But yet they don't have any Wii U games in development...

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

I've heard EA stating PC is dead to us, before, when they took Madden off of PC.

VintAge68
VintAge68

Good to hear :D

If only Nintendo could lower the price: until now customers did prefer buying a Wii for 100 bucks rather than a Wii U for 300, as more as the available games are still more or less the same. But if now after ceasing the production of new Wii consoles Nintendo could offer the Wii U for 200 (perhaps when sold separately from the GamePad), it might really become an alternative to future purchasers, I guess.

draco934
draco934

of course Nintendo isn't dead.......IT IS UNDEAD MWAHAHAHAHAAHAAHAAAAAAHAAHAAAA

Fiendvinny
Fiendvinny

Hahah- Nintendo is not dead to us, but we have zero plans to make any games for them, or even have a "drop down menu" on our website. Yet, we loveeeee them! Hahaha

angeloti83
angeloti83

Nintendo NEEDS URGENTLY to release a new console more developer friendly, it really hurts to see this great company doing so poorly.

digishah
digishah

Lol, EA thought that the X1 & PS4 would include policies to hinder second hand sales which the Wii U doesn't, and thus increased revenue.

Since Sony didn't and MS went 180, they have no choice but to retract that statement since they wont be seeing a dime from second-hand sales. 

Now they're just waiting for more people to buy the Wii U so they can make a profit releasing a games on it. 


EA you dumb f**k.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

EA you're drunk. Go back to talking about how free to play is the future. Also sneak in your pointless DLC and micro transactions. 

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

I've really wished how Crysis 3 will look on Wii U and knew it's not Crytek team mistake to cancel it.

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

EA saying what earns them interest to make money .They don't have faith on gamers anymore.

noandno
noandno

But EA is dead to us

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

You "EA" call yourself not dead to us!.What the hell you're thinking ea?.You're the only one who think it's dead and who you gained on yourself.

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

Next star wars game is dead, What's next?


Oozyrat
Oozyrat

I think N's best bet is to stick with handhelds. After awhile, then they can make another console, but right now, they can't because they're in limbo. The Wii U has games that still need to come out, so they can't already make another console after people are just now starting to invest in it, but if they don't, then they'll be left behind.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

If Nintendo isn't dead to EA, why don't they currently have any games in development for the Wii-U? O__o

vindictivecow
vindictivecow

what i hate more than a lie is an obvious lie. fu ea and stfu

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Well yeah obviously you are going to say that. To you Nintendo is just another shovelwear platform for you to offload as many of your rehashed titles as physically possible, before YOU start to die when every gamer on the planet organises a boycott. 

You are a disgrace of a company and I don't find such an idea so hard to believe. 

I don't think it would work since most of your sports fans will still be coming back for their football (American and European) rehashes each year but we sure will try our hardest. I'm already on the boycott train. It is just the thing is pretty empty.

Which also goes along to say why would anyone listen to what you assholes have to say? Try bringing out a game after you have alpha tested it and we might listen to you.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

ea your about as dead as a door knob right now so get lost wiiu isn't dead , that's a fact

tonytones21
tonytones21

Nintendo will never die. Name too big.

maxpowr3
maxpowr3

I believe the phrase is "persistent vegetative state".

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

I don't know about you guys, but I am buying a Wii U as soon as Bayonetta 2 came out, I need my fix of Non-Stop Infinite Climax.

borelarox
borelarox

It's true that the Wii U isn't doing well but I've seen that last paragraph on every nintendo-related article on this website this week. We all have seen the "colossal losses" and "nintendo doomed" thing... 

BradBurns
BradBurns

I recently bought a Wii U but I've never been a fan of any EA games. I do like Dead Space but didn't they take that franchise out back after part 3?

thomasn7
thomasn7

Nintendo blew it when they gave devs a weak console to develop for. That just killed any chance of the Wii U being successful. I liked their gamepad and I liked Miiverse a lot but that doesn't work when you don't put games on your console for the mature audience as well. They need to grow up and stop milking Zelda and Mario.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@xsonicchaos

Anyway Nintendo has a captive audience in Japan. All they have to do is create a new console, a fiftieth iteration of Mario Bros, and the Japanese will buy millions in the first few days. It's a well trained and very obedient public. 

angeloti83
angeloti83

@noandnoFor a nintendo gamer developers like bethesda, rockstar, EA, from software, Arkane, konami are DEAD already. Nintendo has to do something to have these companies make games on the wii u or on the next console.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@TenraiSenshi If I remember correctly, Madden 11 (or 12) on the Wii only sold around 50,000 copies. Madden sells millions each year so you can see why they've abandoned them for awhile. I think EA honestly wants to just let them get back on their feet because it's just money not being earned on both of their parts. So in business, it's not always people rooting against someone else, so they probably really are trying to make more content for them. But first, N needs to get back in the game.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@Grimkillah Really excited about that game. It might make me get a Wii U myself lol

JoSilver
JoSilver

@thomasn7 Tell that to the Wii. Developers aren't making game for it because it's not selling, not that it's underpowered. I guarantee you that if the Wii U had sold like at least 10 Million units by now, Every Major Publisher and Developer would be clamoring to put games on it. Activation sure did it with Call of Duty and the Wii and for godsakes Capcom ported Street Fighter 4 to the 3DS and it plays perfectly fine, you're really telling me they couldn't have done so for the Wii.

It's all a numbers game not a specs game.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@JoSilver umm no that's not true. The Original Wii was very successful. Yet, it missed pretty much every 3rd party game out there. Games like Madworld and No More heroes(my personal favorites) sold like crap. Also most ports were crap. Who wanted a ugly port of dead rising with less zombies on the screen. Power matters too. In fact Nintendo use to use it as a sale slogan. WTF happen? 

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@JoSilver Any point you had was lost to me due to the fact I am not reading a blog. Is a comment section not a blog. Keep it clear and to the point or I am not bothering. To me the Wii was never a real console. In my opinion the Wii U has more real games than the Wii. 

wayanbros
wayanbros

@JoSilver If Wii U had the power and online infrastructure it would be able to compete with the other consoles. you only give half the story. the Wii was different because of motion controls etc. and a lot cheaper.

Core gamers aren't going to get the "Wii U" because of the online and power factor.

Mainstream ppl, Mums, lil kids and old ppl: according to the analysts theyre not getting it because they think the Wii U is the same as the Wii.

And If you have a Wii why would you need a U!?

JoSilver
JoSilver

@ExplicitMike@JoSilver Let's be fair though... at least the game were there. I'm not saying raw horsepower can't actually improve a game beyond graphics, as a student of computer science and someone who's done my fair share of coding I understand a more powerful machine is often the best answer. But it's not the only answer and as the years went on developers understood that and didn't try to give us Dead Rising and instead games like Monster Hunter they gave us game that actually gave us an excuse to wipe the dust off our Wii's if only for one game.

The PS3/Xbox 360 Library of games are practically Identical while the Wii's Library is vastly different. Sure there are shovel ware games and waggle fests but there are a number of fantastic games for it, well beyond Nintendo first party games, game that could only be done on the Wii like Silent Hill Shattered Memories which used every nuance of the controller to scare the living shit out of you.

It offered something so different from the PS3/Xbox 360; My sister just recently bought a PS3 for her self just for GTA V, And I'll tell you I was excited. I sat there thinking to myself what game for it I really wanted? I took me a day or two to realized it but most of the games I really wanted for I had already bought for PC ages ago! In my eyes the PS3 is like the console with not many game that I want but a few that I did and that's because most of them I already have, but if my sister hadn't bought I wouldn't have been able to play GTA V.

And that's why raw power doesn't really matter, because by embracing it's limitation and saying we can't shove a million enemies on screen Developers were forced to think outside the box and gave us game that were unique and different and fun.

So because I care about game so much I think the Wii was a great console because then I didn't just get to play the PS3/Xbox 360 I got to play all the games. That's what the Wii U needs, something different and too be honest I'm sure developers know this and if the Wii U was selling better, they'd give it to us.