EA not developing anything for Wii U

Battlefield and FIFA publisher confirms it has no games in development currently for Nintendo's latest console.

Electronic Arts is distancing itself from the struggling Wii U, the Battlefield and FIFA publisher has confirmed with Kotaku.

"We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," company spokesperson Jeff Brown said, noting that this could change in the future.

As Kotaku points out, during Nintendo's 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata welcomed then-EA CEO John Riccitiello to speak, where he talked up the console.

"What Nintendo's new console delivers speaks directly to the players of EA Sports and EA Games," Riccitiello said at the time. "Nintendo's new console will produce brilliant high-definition graphics and new gameplay opportunities. We look forward to seeing great EA content on this new platform."

EA launched several titles for the Wii U early during the platform's life cycle, including Mass Effect 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, and new installments in the Madden and FIFA franchises. Brown told Kotaku that these offerings were indicative of EA making good on its E3 2011 partnership.

The original Wii saw steady support from EA, as the publisher launched 78 total titles for the platform, according to the company's website. EA has released just four games for the Wii U.

The Wii U has officially sold 3.45 million units worldwide as of March 31. Nintendo has attributed the platform's slow adoption rate to a lack of major titles and marketing failing to communicate the novelty of the system.

Nintendo plans to spark system sales by launching key first-party titles on a more regular basis moving forward, beginning with Pikmin 3 in August. The company also aims to reduce manufacturing costs to make the Wii U profitable.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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warrner11
warrner11

Ill grab me a WiiU once X is rdy to go

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

Nintendo's problem is that they sometimes try to create something new and different when it's completely unnecessary . In the case of the Wii U, they thought the console itself would sell without a decent library of games. I was thinking about buying a Wii U, but with shit for games, there's no point.

RoachRush
RoachRush

You can't spell "weak" without EA.

ophelja
ophelja

Oh no.... No EA games! Whatever shall we do.
/end sarcasm

playniko69
playniko69

never liked any of the nintendos that came after gamecube. Never understood why people liked Wii so much..... 

edinko
edinko

I don't know whats the pikmin story. Its not like its a killer game for the masses. I suspect that most people that want pikmin ake within the milions that already bought the system

91210user
91210user

EA never misses a console and this company has alot of fun making games, even if most of the players don't like them, but hey, that's business for them! It comes across as Nintendo is missing out on a really big publisher if you ask me!

The_Last_Ride
The_Last_Ride

I have to agreem there isn't that much of a cost for a port, They have the basis for the game

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

This looks like the end of the WiiU. Similar to the Dreamcast's fateful end.

Umitencho
Umitencho

They will change tune once the install base is larger.

BlazePh
BlazePh

Now if only they'd stop making games on all consoles...

javalino
javalino

I see this news in other site, and came here to see the commments. I guess that most people agree with the idea that nintendo must leave the home console market, and focus only on handhelds.

JumpyLuweegee
JumpyLuweegee

Todday's Nintendo Direct was complete fucking shit.  WiiU is a piece of shit console and Nintendo is doomed.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Further proof the Wii U will be Nintendo's last console.  Look at the Dreamcast.  EA felt screwed by Sega killing the Saturn too early, didn't support the Dreamcast, and Sega died as a console manufacturer.  Bye Nintendo, ROT IN HELL! 

alenth
alenth

In the worst case scenario the Wiiu will tank the entire new gen just like the gamecube did with  a monster like the PS2.

The problem here is that a lot of people says "we don't care about EA games in my Nintendo system", yeah, for a lot of people this is something irrelevant because we are another group of gaming, BUT in the other side games like Fifa and Madden are system sellers believe it or not, some people buy consoles just for those games, all my workmates play fifa and they don't care about anything else, fifa is the biggest party game in the world and one of the best selling franchises of all time, in the gamecube and wii era some people just had that console and guess which games they had on their libraries?.

We don't care about EA on Nintendo systems sure, but this is a huge warning sign for Nintendo because they're practically losing millions of potential customers for the system and potential interest on future titles from Nintendo.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Ha! They don't learn from the mistakes do they.  The did the same thing when the Nintendo Wii came out and then they had to play catch up once the Wii took off. 

grnsuperman4
grnsuperman4

EA doesn't really sell consoles because EA puts their games on multiple platforms. EA has a line up of popular games. So this does hurt Nintendo. I don't buy EA games full price anymore, I wait until an edition with all the DLC comes out. But I still buy them eventually.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

so i take it EA and Nintendo still ain't on speaking terms then after their big argument then?

dragonkantus
dragonkantus

there still people here? lol i will help trash nintendo for a while but then i go....

b09h
b09h

who cares, people should not buy EA games at the first place, don't support evil companies that treat gamers like dirt

namdar
namdar

On the plus side I should be able to find a WII U for super cheap at a garage sale 

northArrow
northArrow

Can't say I blame them. Why waste the time and development costs to make games for a system nobody wants to buy?

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

D'OH!  Don't worry fanboys, Nintendo has about 2 years to change things around if they can push out Mario 64 HD, Zelda HD, Donkey Kong Country HD, etc. quick enough.  Only then will the sales of their system increase enough where third party developers just might notice.  Right now, it doesn't make much sense from a business perspective to port to the Wii U.  

LtReviews
LtReviews

@ophelja  

You are part of the reason third party developers are abandoning the Wii U.

They see a bunch of Wii U owners basically saying "we could care less if we don't get any of your games"- and that just encourages other developers to jump ship with them.



Shahada1976
Shahada1976

@playniko69 I hate to admit it, but I hear you on that. The Gamecube was awesome. I never bought a Wii. I can't stand motion controls.

Mario Galaxy was excellent, though. I doubt I'll get a Wii-U at all. It's too bad because I've loved Nintendo since the NES.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@91210user EA never made games for the Dreamcast,thats why NFL 2K was created to be a contender with madden,of course when NFL2K's franchise took off EA payed the NFL to monopolize the football game sales

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@jrabbit99 It's not similar at all. EA pulled support from SEGA and SEGA was in the hole for money. Nintendo has a surplus of money set aside and are profiting with each sale of the Wii U and purchase of a game. Dreamcast suffered from not having a DVD drive in the system. People bought a PS2 because DVDs were new and you could get a new game console too. Most people spent that first year of the PS2 watching DVDs because there was such a drought when it came to games. The XBox suffered during it's first year as well, but it had a DVD player built in for movie watching. The Gamecube did fine during this time because of the 1st party games, but it did finish last in install base. Gamecube was still profitable though for Nintendo. 

The Wii U will be just fine and will sell well during the holiday season as it will be less expensive than the competition in not only console costs, but if you own a Wii U, you may notice the game costs did not jump up to $69.99. You will see this with the PS4 third party games and will see this happen with the next XBox game costs. The publishers have been waiting for the opportunity to charge more like they did with the start of the last gen consoles.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@javalino Use your head. Have you ever bought an EA title for the Wii or Wii U? No because all of EA titles are ports from other consoles. EA has never developed a game specifically for a home Nintendo console. Nintendo fans don't care if EA is on the console or not. If EA designed games to take advantage of the specs of the Wii or the new Wii U, then maybe we would grieve.

They only port it over. EA wants to get Origin into every console so they can control the content that gamers get from them. It runs in the background and slows down processing power. I have it on my computer as they require an installation of it if you buy any of their newer games. It sucks. Origin is also responsible for the problems with Sim City that they just released. EA uses Origin as a form of DRM to fight piracy of their software as well.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@javalino Because supporting one f***ing thing is going to help them, right? The 3DS may make more money for Nintendo, but they can't support one thing. They need to spread out.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

it's a lot more dependable than crapbox 

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@DrKill09 You have no clue what you are talking about. Nintendo has a surplus of cash and is making profit with each Wii U they sell with a game. SEGA was bleeding money when they introduced the Dreamcast. They also did not have a DVD drive so that people could watch movies on their TV with it. At the time of it's release, DVDs were a brand new format. People bought PS2s just for that feature and new there would be a place to play there PSOne games while waiting for PS2 games. PS2 games trickled in during the first year just like all launches of new consoles do. EA is irrelevant here as most Nintendo console owners don't purchase games from EA for it. Since EA titles are ports to the system, gamers with other systems would pick up the game on other systems. EA wanted Origin on the Wii U. Nintendo told them no so EA is making these statements now in spite. You will see EA change its tune as the Wii U base grows after the holidays. Then ports will start coming back over. EA was careful to not say they would never make a Wii U title.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@alenth Nintendo could check with Konami about bring over Winning Eleven. EA will be back when the install base grows because they love to port games over as a shovel ready project to get extra money. EA has had to fire a lot of people lately so it's more indicative that they're not as savvy as others would think when it comes to the game business. They are just a publisher with lots of money to buy talented development houses, but they drive the talent out of the development team and that ruins the games. Nintendo could always make there own first party NFL game and FIFA if they needed to because the exclusive licensing that EA has is for 3rd party game development. They probably wouldn't but Nintendo could if the desired to.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@grnsuperman4 You probably don't buy those for a Nintendo console though as most people do not if they have multiple consoles in the home. This is why EA's move here is moot and is just grand standing. EA will have to do a deep bow as they will come back to Nintendo after the install base grows. Nintendo will still tell them they cannot have Origin on the Wii U.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@northArrow EA has never developed a gmae for Nintendo. They only port their games over to make an extra buck. The new games they have in development require Origin to be installed to work. The PS4 and the new XBox are X86 consoles that will have Origin running in the background while you play an EA title. EA may require an always online function to verify that you own the game you are playing in the system. Nintendo said No to having Origin on the Wii U, so EA is pulling support in the form of ports with no DLC. Wii U owners don't care because EA didn't even support the launch titles the brought over for games that had been out for at least 6 months already. Wii U players don't care about EA games at this point. They're irrelevant.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@plm3d_basic 3rd party publishers claim the install base is too small. The Wii had the largest install base this past cycle and 3rd party publishers didn't support it. Logic would dictate this is a statement used with shareholders to placate them. Nintendo consoles have always done well based on 1st party games and innovation. No worries about the Wii U. The games will come.

bennehftw
bennehftw

@plm3d_basic I just think it's too late, by the time they start pushing out the train of first party titles, gamers are going to focusing on the next gen xbox/ps. The only people who will be focusing on the Wii u will be the fanboys and people who own multiple consoles; as in they own a Wii U already. But considering the price of the newer gen, especially when they first come out.


So group 1: they bought the Wii U already, because they support Nintendo

Group 2: Were waiting for Wii U to get good games before thinking of getting it, but since it's too late, will focus on the newer gen systems.

Group 3: Rich people, who buy their kids everything, and themselves.

Summary: Nintendo is screwed. And I love Nintendo.

ophelja
ophelja

@LtReviews I'm honored you think so highly of my opinion.

I don't care for EA. And EA doesn't give a shit about me just my money. I have an issue with a company that treats people like that and I make a point to avoid buying any of their games because I don't support their way of doing business and I hope other developers don't follow in their footsteps in that regard. That said I like my WiiU and I have no problem supporting other developers. In fact I prefer to support other developers.

So yes. I could care less about EA or any of their games FOR ANY CONSOLE OR PC. This is in no way related to the WiiU. This is in every way related to their horrible business practice. EA pulling out of the WiiU should hopefully encourage other developers to step forward and make a name for themselves.

91210user
91210user

and you're right, I forgot about the EA and how they missed the Dreamcast. Nintendo is still missing out!

91210user
91210user

@mkeezay22 @91210user Maybe... EA never made games for the Dreamcast because of the failure of the Sega Saturn. The Sega Saturn didn't give EA the profits it needed, so they skipped the withdrew away from the Dreamcast. EA even created games for the Sega Genesis and even put Madden on it. That's why Sega created NFL to attempt to go against EA. It's almost the same thing as this article is almost explaining!

Slade968
Slade968

@ominous_prime @jrabbit99 I remember paying 100 bucks for Wave Race 64 right after N64 release. Ah the good days, but now there is steam and no reason to pay over 25 bucks for a game.

Zeran_kariashi
Zeran_kariashi

@ominous_prime @jrabbit99 GC would've been MUCH more popular is they'd bothered to actually import more of the good games that haven't seen the light of day outside of Japan.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@bennehftw Here is a better picture of what is going on.

Software costs for the Wii U titles range for full games at retail $39.99 - $59.99.

Software costs at retail for the new systems from Sony and Microsoft will be $59.99 - $69.99. (I only include the $59.99 because Sony stated 1st party games would be priced at that and 3rd parties could charge what they want to charge.)

Console Prices are unknown for the consoles that have yet to launch but expect them to run $399 or higher. (There are rumors that you may get next XBox cheaper by paying monthly for two years for XBox Live service, and they makes the overall cost very high.)

The price for the Wii U will not be dropping so at most it will be $349.99 for a Wii U.

The early adopters of the new consoles will run into the same drought problem that plagues all console launches for software. Wii U will have 1st party games coming this holiday season.

Because the economy is rough, I will go with the scenario that people will only get one console. Grandma and Grandpa and non gamers looking at new consoles for their grandchildren are going to get a Wii U because it's cheaper.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@bennehftw i brought a Wii U because my Wii disc drive broke and it seemed like the best idea

and i only get nintendo consoles for their first party games anyway (mario, zelda etc) also as a big sonic fan (grew p with them) the fact that the next 3 sonic games are nintendo exclusives would have been reason enough for me to have brought one anyway and zelda wind waker hd (best zelda in my opinion)

bennehftw
bennehftw

@ominous_prime @bennehftw But even to oblivious people to the gaming world, such as Grandma, ect; I would think they would go for the newer systems, regardless of the price difference, then the cheaper one. Maybe that's just my view of how the image of a Wii U is, by advertising and such. I would assume by the time they are officially announced, Microsoft and Sony will both do a much better job at advertising their product then Nintendo, if anything by avoiding what Nintendo did to start with.


bennehftw
bennehftw

@MajinSquall @bennehftw I was an avid fan of the windwaker as well :P. It's not to say they are going to go bankrupt or anything of the sort by any means, I'm just saying that I don't believe they can bounce back to any sort of competitiveness as they would've been or have had been. 

I will be probably forced to buy it though, as I'm a huge fan of SSB. Funny as it was the only reason I bought a Wii in the first place. But nothing kept me on that system at all, other than that one game.

I was also a huge fan of the joystick+ nun-chuck combination, which is a huge let down for me to see them let it go.