EA's Origin platform powering Wii U online?

Sketchy rumor indicates Nintendo is in talks to team with Battlefield 3 publisher for upcoming console's network services.

Source: Mostly unknown gaming blog Wii U News.

What we heard: When Nintendo formally unveiled the Wii U at its Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing this year, EA boss John Riccitiello appeared to extol the potential of the new console. Now, a new rumor suggests that collaboration between Nintendo and EA on the Wii U runs deeper than the typical symbiotic software relationship.

Gaming blog Wii U News reported over the weekend that Nintendo is in negotiations with EA to bring its digital distribution platform Origin to the console. Wii U News, which was founded in September 2010, attributed its information to an intern working at EA, who had reportedly been told of the deal by a network engineer.

One certainty: The Wii U's got to have a better online platform than the Wii.

According to Wii U News' source, Nintendo would be interested in partnering with EA for its online service because it feels "that only a massive western company such as EA understands what is needed to make an online service attractive to Western gamers."

The source also indicated that Nintendo aims to integrate a more "flexible" online platform into the Wii U. This desire, the source indicates, stems from a survey Nintendo conducted in which many publishers said that while they appreciated Microsoft's Xbox Live platform, they felt confined by its restrictions and guidelines.

Further, it appears as if EA's Origin platform isn't the only one that Nintendo is considering for the Wii U. Nintendo is also apparently in discussion with Valve to bring Steam to the new console, but EA is "aggressively persuading" the company to use Origin exclusively. Notably, Valve cofounder Gabe Newell said in late June that the Wii U "fits better" with its technology.

Launched in June, Origin is a replacement for the EA Store, and it serves as a hub and infrastructure for downloading and playing PC games, as well as ordering boxed products for other platforms. More than 6 million gamers have signed up for the platform, and EA has just begun to offer games from other third-party publishers, such as Warner Bros., THQ, and Capcom.

The official story: EA declined to comment on the rumor. Nintendo had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: One of the most requested features for Nintendo's new console is an online service that exceeds that of the Wii and the 3DS. And with both Microsoft and Sony finding significant success with their superior online platforms, it seems unlikely that Nintendo will make the mistake of not providing an adequate online platform for its latest console. From that perspective, this looks not bogus.

That said, the source of this information is about as unreliable as it comes and should be taken as such. Further, as the report notes, even if this deal is being considered, it is anything but signed, sealed, and delivered.

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115 comments
ermacos
ermacos

if wii U comes with this services (steam or origin), then I will believe what patcher (lol) says.. that is going to be the end of nintendo!! I will not buy a virus in my living room! Origin is proved with dozen of articles and videos, that they steal all kind of information from your hard disk. Imagine what will happen in the console market, with credit cards and phone calls!

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

As awful as Origin is, it's better than friend codes. Having said that, I imagine it's more likely Steam is the one to be incorperated, as Valve is much friendlier to other parties than the likes of EA. I can buy games from Activision, EA, THQ, SEGA, 2K, and dozens of other companies on Steam. Can't say the same for Origin. If Origin does become Nintendo's service, I feel like other comapnies won't get a crack at the WiiU because EA doesn't want to support their rivals (Looking at you, Activision).

nini200
nini200

Looking at some of you all's comments just make me see that no matter what Nintendo does, some of you will be upset. :lol:

ender707
ender707

6 million gamers have not signed up for Origin like the article claims, 6 million gamers were Forced to sign up in order to play games published by EA, there is a difference lol.

redskinStu
redskinStu

"that only a massive western company such as EA understands what is needed to make an online service attractive to Western gamers." Sony seems to be doing just fine.

usermikey
usermikey

Has anyone given feedback on Origin to maybe improve it? just saying.. Here's to company's heeding customer's responses I too only have it because of ME, DAO, & Battlefield....

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

Nintendo outsourcing their online platform? I'd say it's preposterous, except that Nintendo has not really gained much ground in that field over their last few systems.

Slash_out
Slash_out

I'd rather have steam than Origin or whatever nintendo would cook up.

metalkid9
metalkid9

a potato can probably power the wii u online with the amount of attention Nintendo puts towards online multiplayer.

Franzkill
Franzkill

In the words of Lex Luthor...WRROOOONG!!

ZeRo2545
ZeRo2545

Is it just me, or is Origin a pretty dumb name for a digital distribution service that's very late in the game?

snxx
snxx

Let's hope Nintendo make a deal with Valve.

Action
Action

Source: Mostly unknown gaming blog Wii U News. There's no way it could be a hoax to get more hits per day.

metalkitten
metalkitten

please not origin! only reason origin has so many users - including myself - is cause ure forced to have it cause of some games - not cause we want it steam is way better in that case

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

I think Nintendo doesn't have the infrastructure to do the online capabilities similar to what Microsoft and Sony has. It seems they felt it was more cost efficient to just use what is already there.

Vickman178
Vickman178

I don't think any of this is true.... :\

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

A lot of you who are asking for 'no friend code' are confused as to who Nintendo's base customer is...kids. The reason for the friend code is so that their customer's don't land in strange lobbies listening to older gamers or other 14 year olds who just spout the N word every 10 seconds. While I would love it if Nintendo games could be more online friendly - it doesn't make sense to their core audience. I'm guessing most people speaking in this forum aren't under the age of 18 so while it's nice to get the M rated group's opinion - it's not the main focus of Nintendo's buisness strategy to cater to. Personally, I like that Nintendo is considered a kid's system - after all, isn't that when we fell in love with gaming? Let the kids have their system. The Wii is a big hit because of this demographic - if they try to play catch up with the hard core gamer with their next system, they will fail.

dre256x
dre256x

Well, Ea's online network capabilities, will truly be tested when ToR is released. As of right now, i'm tired of getting Dc issues, it always seems like us gamers are playing on second hand servers and Ea doesn't care to upgrade there server infrastructure.. If this is true, i hope they reconsider or put it off until the see how Ea handles ToR release, because it makes no sense you come with an online service and its down in peak hours. Must says Xbox live handles the traffic thing well..

SillyMushrooms
SillyMushrooms

Origin's better than Nintendo's online but I would pick another company

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I simply cant believe a company with so much imagination and financial clout would even consider using a 3rd party 'online' platform, especially when said platform happens to be owned by EA.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Say what you will about Origin but it's a huge improvement over Nintendo's current online offerings.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Well, at least it'll be better than current Nintendo online.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

"that only a massive western company such as EA understands what is needed to make an online service attractive to Western gamers." yeah.....this kinda shows BF3 wasnt that popular on pc in japan

Mariner32
Mariner32

Whether they go with EA or not, it's bound to be better than the Wii's current online...

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

I personally have zero interest in either service. I don't like EA, but I'm not jumping on the Valve bandwagon either. My ideal choice, would be to offer both, merely as services, not as the foundation of the online systems infrastructure. Neither one should be tied that deeply into the system.

tmorri603
tmorri603

Nintendo needs to do their on network service for the Wii U. MS and Sony does their own. Nintendo can do the same. If they let EA do it, they will be making the biggest mistake of their life before the system comes out. Most other developers are not going to want deal with EA because they are big time rivals (like Activision).

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I mainly buy Nintendo systems for first party titles (Mario, DK, Zelda, Metroid, etc.), but if this system can support the same games that the PS4 and 720 will be able to, then I'll see about buying the third party games.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

WOW. If Nintendo does this, I will disown them faster than rabbid Pomeranian with typhoid. Origin is a HORRIBLE service.

chakan2
chakan2

I'm pretty agnostic when it comes to what platform to play on (I own a 360, PS3, and a massive gaming PC) as each platform has it's strength. However, if Nintendo does go with Origin, I will have bought my last Nintendo product. Origin is a poorly thought out excuse for EA to further rip off their customers with shoddy support, heavy DRM, and a really terrible sluggish interface. Go with Steam. It's a much better engine, and much more user friendly...and better yet, not associated with EA and their draconian money grubbing techniques.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Yawn...How many nails does Nintendo need for that coffin?.....I agree with @DS_fan_atic Nintendo should take control of there own online function....but among other things needed for the system...NEW CONTROLLERS and IMPROVED GRAPHICS!!!

megakick
megakick

I don't think using EA Origin is a good idea. IMO this would be very profitable for EA and may hurt or have other publishers look else where.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@King-gamer External HDDs are supported. They say it's "better than nothing", I say it sucks !

Rovelius
Rovelius

Wouldn't mind. Origin is a bit sketchy on PC but it wouldn't make a difference on consoles. That said, I'd rather have Steam. I trust them.

Talldude80
Talldude80

if nintendo is going to do it, they need to go all out. NO friend codes, have more games aimed at online-multiplayer, and fewer games aimed at little kids. we will see..... you can't have both nintendo. Either you're a kid platform, OR you are online.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

Is it just me, or should Nintendo be taking ownership of its own online platform? Create an online environment that is easy to use (no friend codes for the love of god) with lots of content to purchase/add-ons to current games. Microsoft and Sony have been doing this for years, learn from their mistakes and make the best online network yet.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Nintendo needs to pick one or the other. It could frustrate users to have multiple accounts for different online services on a single console (e.g. Nintendo ID, Origin Account, Steam Account). I like that Steam is well-rounded, has been out and well supported for years, and is positively critiqued by reviews and gamer's alike. Origins I am not as familiar with. I've got an account, but only because I play Scrabble on my iPhone. Origin on Wii U would be extremely beneficial to EA in that they could extend what they do by attaching the title "Service Provider" to their name. The popularity of Nintendo consoles would have a strong impact on the EA brand if Origins was chosen. I don't care what they use as long as it can stand ground with Sony and Microsoft over the next 5-10 years.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Sounds fine, as long as Nintendo doesn't let EA take charge. As long as they keep control, it should be fin.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

I'd say Nintendo should go with Steam. Steam doesn't use online passes or anything like that on console games, if I remember correctly. Plus maybe it will lead to Valve getting a chance at developing Star Fox Wii U.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Excellent if this is true. Nintendo is smart enough to know that they are unable to run an on-line gaming network. So to team-up with EA, Value/Steam or another. The Wii U will stand a chance. Nintendo just has to ensure that they can work with Whom ever they choose. Nintendo's previous partnerships with Atari,Sony and Phillips have failed.

atopp399
atopp399

If it brings great online gaming to the Wii then I am all for it. I would never install that spyware on my computer but it seems safe enough for a console.

GamerEye
GamerEye

This rumor, if true, is far from being finial. Something could go wrong in the negotiations, causing Nintendo to with Steam instead, or who knows, maybe neither of them. Indeed I would rather have Valve instead of Origin, but I would also rather have Origin instead of the Wii's online.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Hope this is true. It would mean Nintendo finally listened to hardcore online gamers requests for somethnig besides the ridiculous friend code system.

Bitterbub
Bitterbub

@King-Gamer Nintendo said there's no HDD for liability reasons, but they gave you the ability to use any external Hard Drive you want. It's actually smart, because they're not forcing you to work by their rules, and it's more affordable this way. Besides, Nintendo has stated it will come with on-board flash memory, and they've said it'll be A LOT. @badstyle True, and untrue, Nintendo's a company that is willing to make changes and to do anything and everything possible to appeal to gamers without ever becoming a third-party. That'll never happen. EA servers are actually very good, the only problem is EA shuts them down a bit too early, Nintendo will most likely fix that though. Nintendo is a bigger name than EA after all. And, this wouldn't be the first time they've let another team or company handle the servers or Online experience in general, they've let Treyarch handle their servers on Black Ops, and I believe Infinity Ward is handling the servers in Modern Warfare 3. That's why on the front there was no Nintendo Wi-Fi logo, just a Wi-Fi logo. This article here is another example, mostly of Nintendo joining with AT&T to give 3DS users free hot-spots. http://www.slashgear.com/nintendo-3ds-to-get-att-wifi-hotspots-netflix-streaming-02137334/

Hermiro
Hermiro

Well they need something better but Origin!? Rather see Steam than Origin, or at least not the beta Origin. EA and Nintendo is a rather unusual combination...