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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1634 comments
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.  

Mayleene
Mayleene

I am so relieved to hear this.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Who cares? EA games aren't system sellers, and if I wanted to play Battlefield I'd play it on PC.

TyrantT316
TyrantT316

"Link and Mario resign as Nintendo ambassadors—Look to Playstation or X-Box to continue their careers. Luigi remains loyal to Wii-U."

gamerINchief
gamerINchief

This is bad,to not have anything in development now means their will be no games for the console 12-18 months down the road either. This is as bad as the alarmingly low rumored april sales for the wii u. Nothing short of a boycott by EA against Nintendo. It will be interesting to see if Nintendo can increase sales and keep them healthy without the support of EA games. Probably would surprise EA more than anyone else.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

And the world said, "So what?! I didn't want Origin running in the background of my game system anyways!"

6orange6
6orange6

Reserves some space on my iPad 4 for Mario re-releases, gets a chair and some pop corn.

Then waits....

got to love the hipocrisy of Nintendo, they expect app store product to beat a path to their hardware via special dev kits, but mention them doing the same and release their 1st party games on iPads, and watch them run home to their mothers screaming not fair.

garysingh34
garysingh34

lol Wii U is proving to be pants but one things for sure; Nintendo will always be around. EA on the other hand should not even think about depriving themselves from a further user base. 

Kjranu
Kjranu

Talk about being dissed. 

Rusmurf
Rusmurf

I'm spending as much money($0) on EA as I am Nintendo, so I could care less what they do.

PyroX4414
PyroX4414

Having the extra screen would have been awesome for Madden.  Drawing up hot routes on the touch screen would have been sweet.  Oh well, I was gonna buy the Microsoft console anyways, so that makes the choice a lot easier on my end.  Pikmin is a great series, but by no means is it a real console seller.  That being said, I haven't bought a sports game on Nintendo in a few generations so this is really par for the course.

DARKKNIGHTPRABZ
DARKKNIGHTPRABZ

this is quite damaging.. espeically when devs are more excited about PS4 and 720. 


Nintendo is just being pushed away. Whats worse is when these consoles release. Nintendo will suffer even more

TyrantT316
TyrantT316

They should just go ahead and look to compete with a powerful system to rival Microsoft and Sony..I think their "we just care about gaming" approach isn't helping them in the market...unfortunately for them, in today's tech & gadget based world, you hook the gamers interest via specs first...then they will decide to give the system a chance...same with buying a smartphone or tablet...if the specs suck, people are less inclined to go for it because they don't want an inferior product

senjutsu
senjutsu

That's why I never buy Nintendo consoles unless they are at the end of it's life cycle with a low price. You only get few 1st party titles that are good, and nothing else. I'll buy a next gen on Sony or M$, depending on E3, but I'm not giving my money to Nintendo.

fdevega
fdevega

So no Ubisoft, no EA, Im guessing soon Nintendo will be itself on that list? Oh well, im so happy I don't owe the $40 paperweight f***U nintendo was seling. Im just waiting they go Sega and start making software only, in REAL platforms.

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

Te only good games they put out is the battlefield series and I don't play fps much so I don't care lol.

yavix
yavix

I could care less about EA. The last game I bought from EA was Dead Space 2. EA makes nothing that I consider a must play.