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EA Will "Jump Back In" If Wii U Becomes A "Viable Platform"

Posted by Andy Green

"We're a rational company"

A lot has been made of the lack of third party support from certain developers in recent weeks and Electronic Arts has been right at the centre of it all.

The company has already said it has no games in development for Wii U, including its annual sports titles such as FIFA 14, Madden NFL 14 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14. However, it hasn't turned its back on Wii U for good and is currently monitoring the situation.

So what can Nintendo do to entice EA back to its latest home console? Well, according to the company's Labels President Frank Gibeau, selling more units would certainly help matters.

In an interview with Joystiq, Gibeau had the following to say on EA's position when it comes to Wii U:

Look, the only thing they can do to fix it is to sell more boxes. We're a rational company, we go where the audience is. We publish games where we think we can make a great game and hit a big audience, and make money. That's why we're here, that's why we have an industry.

EA did of course show some support for Wii U upon its arrival last year and four games currently reside on the system.

We shipped four games. We shipped Madden, FIFA, Need for Speed and Mass Effect. In fact, the last Need for Speed shipped 60 days ago had a pretty good Metacritic [score]. It was a good game. It wasn't a schlocky port, we actually put extra effort into getting everything to work. And it's just not selling because there's no boxes.

We're not quite sure if Gibeau is admitting Madden NFL 13, FIFA 13 and Mass Effect 3 were "schlocky" ports here but either way he doesn't seem too impressed with any of the four game's sales.

He went on to say people should never count Nintendo out, but said EA is firmly focused on creating content for the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

We'll look at the Wii U, we'll continue to observe it. If it becomes a viable platform from an audience standpoint, we'll jump back in.

Nintendo has stated it aims to sell more systems by creating more great first party titles.

What are your thoughts on EA's standpoint? Sound off in the comment section below.

[via joystiq.com]

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User Comments (124)

Aqueous

#1

Aqueous said:

If I see the Need for Speed, I'll likely get it. The others held no interest. Well I guess EA titles in 2015

Grubdog

#2

Grubdog said:

They will never support it, and I'm OK with that. These guys care more about metacritic than the gaming experience. Need for Speed was twice the price of other console versions, and he's also taking credit for Criterion's work like a jackass.

andrea987

#4

andrea987 said:

lol, I get it now, EA is for Extremely Alternating. Just give me Fifa and Star Wars and shut up.

MrGawain

#5

MrGawain said:

EA like any company are in it to make money. It's fair for them not to support a system that it loses money on. But they if they want to support Nintendo and expect its customers to buy its games they must do so with good content, not rehash poorly thought out ports.

You do wonder if EA is a little nervous about the Xbox One backlash to be commenting on the Wii U again though.

DualWielding

#6

DualWielding said:

You may hate EA but the truth is the Wii U needs EA more than EA needs the Wii U... Xbox One will be lucky, even if no one is gonna buy it it'll still get games because it'll cost practically nothing to port them from PS4, both consoles being basically the same architecture wise... Wii U won't get to turn the third party support situation around, its a shame because after playing SM3DLand and DKC Returns on 3DS I really want to play their sequels on Wii U but a console that only has Nintendo games and nothing more is not enough for me....

pntjr

#7

pntjr said:

This is buisness. Not happy-friend-buddy time. For once, I'm going to have to say that I agree with EA on this one. Why in hell and on earth would you develop for a system that nobody is buying? This is why other companies are not developing for this system, because nobody is buying it. I think that the Wii U either needs a price drop, or more first party games in order to sell.

Hunter-D

#8

Hunter-D said:

When the Wii U starts to sell to it's targets/expectations then we'll not only see EA return but many more will jump on board too.

Sinister

#9

Sinister said:

Ok ME3 released over 8 months later and NFS nearly 5 moths later. Fifa 13 or should we say Fifa 11 that does not even run smooth and Madden is pretty much the same deal as Fifa.

Why would you expect good sales from any of those titles? While ME3 and NFS are great games that were released way too late. Both sport titles are poop ports and gamers are not that dumb to buy those in masses.

I just got my WiiU and i am considering buying NFS but it is hard to justify paying 60€ retail if i could get the game on PC for 10€.

placidcasual

#10

placidcasual said:

I wanted to buy need for speed but whenever I've been in the mood for it (I suppose you could describe this mood as when I've felt "the need, the need for speed" top gun fans) it hasn't been out in any game shop in Cardiff. Perhaps EA should look at their distribution because that could ge a big reason why it hasn't sold.
Or maybe the fact it came out on the Wii U more than a month after PS3 and Xbox360, hey that could have something to do with it too...

C-Olimar

#11

C-Olimar said:

"We go where the audience is."
That's bull. Everyone who cares about personal rights and freedoms hate the Xbone atm, and they're pretty committed to that.

dizzy_boy

#12

dizzy_boy said:

Where is need for speed in the shops, I've not seen a physical copy yet.
Not everybody is willing to download games from the eshop or buy from online retailers.

Nintenjoe64

#13

Nintenjoe64 said:

There are almost no copies of NFS in the wild. EA have only made 50,000 discs and are going to complain they only made 50,000 sales!

Monkeyofthefunk

#14

Monkeyofthefunk said:

I think EA should be renamed Gollum! Was once Smeagol a happy go lucky friend to everyone then he found The Ring or "Microshaft" and was corrupted by micro transactions, DRM and exclusive DLC for the precious ONE. Now Gollum fights his good side. "Master wants games", "REGGIE WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH DRM REGGIE WANTS TO KILL SMEAGOL!".

Mk_II

#15

Mk_II said:

OTOH they do seem to believe that both the PS4 and XBone will have an instant install base of many millions more. Which won''t happen any time soon of course

Monkeyofthefunk

#16

Monkeyofthefunk said:

As for Most Wanted, I'm not sure what happened but in the UK there are about 2 copies on eBay and none in our shops. I can imagine EA did this on purpose but why would they? Oh because they want to rip us off with DRM and online passes.

Gamer83

#17

Gamer83 said:

In other words, 'when Nintendo lets us screw customers over on products they've purchased, we'll make games for Wii U.' I despise this company, possibly more than I do MS right now because I believe EA is 99% responsible for a lot of what MS is doing with Xbox One. There was never an issue with used games until this asinine company brought it up. I wish idiots here in North America would stop buying its games but they love their NFL, so that will never happen. I'd love to play Mirror's Edge 2 but I will never buy another game with the EA logo on it and I wish the vast majority would think the same way.

timp29

#18

timp29 said:

Interesting that they are claiming the console has failed when they have nothing relevant to compare it to. When XBox1 and PS4 hit the shelves, and even then, probably 3 months post launch, we will know how the consoles stack up against each other.

I understand XBox360 and PS3 have a large install base... but they've been out for 5 years give or take. It certainly makes sense to develop for these consoles. You could make the argument that at the moment no XBox1 or PS4 consoles have sold, so why waste money developing for them. Frankly I am getting sick of all the WiiU hate from developers.

FritzFrapp

#19

FritzFrapp said:

Most Wanted was going for £22ish last weekend on EA's own store.

Just had a look and it's still there, with free delivery: http://store.origin.com/store/eaemea/en_GB/pd/ThemeID.850300/productID.256083000#terms

It's an excellent game with absolute tonnes to do and that awesome off-tv play. And it's great fun just blasting around the open-world. Criterion did a great job. My youngest son likes it so much it's pushed him into getting his own Wii U soon.

Fazermint

#20

Fazermint said:

I bet EA would hop on the Wii U train if Nintendo enforced DRM and allowed the sale of half-completed games.

Gamer83

#21

Gamer83 said:

@ferthepoet

The real truth is nobody needs EA. The sooner its gone, the better for gaming as a whole. The few non-scumbags who work there will land back on their feet, the pieces of crap like Gibeau who've already made their money have enough that they can get by just fine and could always just move on to one of the billion other slimey companies (in any industry) that exist.

Varia01

#22

Varia01 said:

EA seems to think it is the king of gaming. Well in my opinion, it is NOT! Sure they may have clever gameplay techniques, but Nintendo has always cared about the consumers, even children, which I have immeasurable application for. Nintendo builds entertainment that they want people to enjoy, not to compete. EA is just creating powerful titles to gain speed and fame. They probably see that Nintendo's fire is vanishing and they don't care. They aren't gonna help Nintendo and make the company who cares about consumers fall apart. That is just wrong. People will be disappointed if Nintendo is done, including me, and EA is not going to help Nintendo get back up on its feet. EA just wants to be known for its big titles and technology. Once Nintendo's titles announced at E3 show up, EA will see that Nintendo has power. Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. U, and possibly Super Mario 3D World will prove to EA that Nintendo has what it takes. Nintendo has Ocarina of Time, Metroid Prime, and Super Mario Galaxy 2, some of the games with the greatest reviews in gaming history. EA will be proven wrong and "evil".

Einherjar

#23

Einherjar said:

No EA, you are not a "rational company", you are a "stupid, ignorant, back stabbing and anti-customer oriented piece of you know what"
No need to thank me for enlightening you ;)

GiftedGimp

#24

GiftedGimp said:

There's been a few statements like this since Xbones drm announcment by microsoft. This is EA trying yo dig themselves out of the hole they put themselves in by choosing not to support WiiU.
EA chose to not support WiiU before the Start of the year, the WiU sales were at a excellent rate prior to January and if they had based thier reasons for not supporting WiiU on sales then they would of had a few other projects already in development for WiiU beyond NFS.
Fact of the matter is they like the Xbones DRM restrictions, either they assumed or was led to believe ps4 would have followed suit so opted to back out of the system which was more consumer friendly, The WiiU.
Now its turned out Xbone is the only system with the anti-consumer drm rights which is hated by all but the hardened Xbox fanboys EA know that in al likely hood WiiU will out perform Xbone and they need a believable reason as to thier up-coming u-turn on thier publishing on WiiU stance.

Raycon

#25

Raycon said:

I love how they go out of their way to point out how they actually put effort into Need for Speed.

It's like they know the other three were just lazy ports / cash ins or something.

real_gamer

#26

real_gamer said:

It is Nintendo job to sell the Wii U and the Wii U had its ups and downs and I feel that the Big N should have been more prepared hardware and software wise to capture a specific size audience. But alas that is not the case and I can only support and hope that things will def turn for the better.

Jaz007

#27

Jaz007 said:

They also probably see that a lot of the consoles that have been sold have owners who hate EA with a passion. I don't really care who the publisher is to be honest, just give me good games. Hopefully we'll get some good stuff from them later on when Wii U sells more. I honestly can't blame them for not supporting Wii U right now though.

Kirk

#28

Kirk said:

At this point I don't anything other than "schlocky" ports and a handful of casual titles coming from EA, if we even get that.

It's basically going to be like the Wii all over again in terms of their support. In fact, it's going to be even worse because it looks like Wii U will receive far less EA games than the Wii received ultimately.

Why would they even bother though, when the system is not only under powered this time around but also hasn't even sold enough units to convince them it's even worth putting their crappy casual games on?

In this situation you can't really blame EA for not putting any of it's upcoming games on Wii U (be they shoddy ports, casual titles or whatever).

Sinister

#29

Sinister said:

@Frapp Wish i could buy that from germany. But everytime i try to connect to the uk store i am getting redirected to the german store and that one does not sell console games.

ungibbed

#32

ungibbed said:

This is the perfect example of "catch 22".

Not enough games to sell systems at this point so when/if the Wii U gets a great second wind and plenty of systems sold, would it be enough to fatten the bank account of the largest monopoly cough publisher...

The Wii U is essentially at a certain standpoint, a fighter or a failure all due to companies like EA and others that buried the original Wii with low risk shovelware and I have a sinking feeling that if they do return, the same will happen on the Wii U.

The Wii U needs quality games to sell systems, if EA would at least grow a pair, bring some games that the entire gaming audience is interested in, certainly more systems would sell instead of the BS bad press that has already hurt sales even further. We can thank EA for that.

I did my part and bought both Mass Effect 3 and Need For Speed: MWU. Four games IMO are not a great example to "test the waters". Port the heavy hitters from Crytek and other publishers stuck on a leash by signing with EA. You can't expect a system to sell when third party developers turncoat and then point fingers. Only then dangling the carrot before the horse.

/soapbox

Birthday_Boy

#34

Birthday_Boy said:

It was pretty obvious
For those who subscribe to ReviewTechUSA on Youtube, Rich totally predicted this.
And basically Frostbite does work on Wii U and EA is just feeding us bull manure.

ZidanU

#35

ZidanU said:

EA needs to make proper great games, not just stupid every year remakes that have one new feature and new socks. They need to be innovative that's what games Wii U owners want not new games with poor innovation and the addition of a few new players and a single mechanic, so it's actually EAs fault

GreenDream

#37

GreenDream said:

That's all bogus corporate speak- if EA applied this same "rationale" to every console, they wouldn't support ANY console within 1 or 2 years of launch at all.

Relias

#38

Relias said:

Bull crap.. EA did not want to support the Wii or Gamecube either.. they only supported the Wii because it had a big crowd.. even though their games didn't sell as well on Nintendo.. and EA should know consoles after initial launch takes time to sell.. especially in this day and age... so when XBOX One and PS4 are six months in and only selling 3 million or less.. I expect to hear a bunch of excuses from EA as to why they stopped porting their games there.. most likely you won't.. because of the fact that developers can get creative.. and all of a sudden it takes time for a new system to develop a fan base.. so we have to keep making games.. to either A. Help the system along.. or B. Make sure the fans of the systems get what they want.. In other words this is nice BS.. for ignoring Nintendo..

Shambo

#39

Shambo said:

nfs has had my attention, but i watch my wallet as well so i wait. fifa and madden -even IF they WERE good ports- never interested me whatsoever. mass effect 3... much as i know i'll probably love the trilogy, i don't just want part 3 on wii u. especially not since i can buy the complete trilogy for half the price on ps3.
it just didn't make the slightest sense. if you had another system than a wii, you could play them ages ago or get all 3 for far less money. if you didn't, you won't be interested in part 3 only. if they'd made trilogy on wii u for the same price as on other systems, or if i didn't dislike the ps controller, i'd have gotten it day 1. even if i in fact haven't finished a couple of other lengthy games yet, 'recently'.

GearsOfWarU

#40

GearsOfWarU said:

EA can screw themselves... I for one will not support that trash company... Unless its a great Star Wars Game or Titanfall !!!! Just say No to EA!!!

BrightBeing

#42

BrightBeing said:

So platforms that are in zero homes are more "viable" than a console in millions? Welcome to EA logic.

Akira_1975

#45

Akira_1975 said:

Where's the damn advertising? I love the Wii U but c'mon Nintendo start marketing it properly. Make it clear to everyone that this IS a next gen system compatible with existing Wii titles. None of this corny happy family playing games together garbage! This system has massive potential. Please don't screw this up!!

DualWielding

#46

DualWielding said:

@BrightBeing

Every console get support at the beginning developers want to have a good relationship with all console makers because console wars are unpredictable things and you don't want to anger a company that may end up dominating the market for the next 7 years or so.. so theirs always a first wave of third party games when a console launch, even the Wii U, 6 month after launch is when you can start telling if a console has support or not

Akira_1975

#47

Akira_1975 said:

State of gaming is pretty terrible. Game budgets are way out of control and they're taking years to develop. Thank goodness for indie developers!!

Caryslan

#48

Caryslan said:

@0SP_ZELDAiii Like them or not, Activision is one of Nintendo's top supporters. What are they doing wrong? I know people dislike Call of Duty and it's impact on the market, but the last thing anyone needs to say as a Nintendo fan is for a company that is supporting Nintendo to go screw themselves.

Activision has been one of Nintendo's best supporters over the last few generations.

TreesenHauser

#49

TreesenHauser said:

Hate to say it, but I actually agree with EA. The console isn't selling very well right now. Eventually though, once some of these newly-announced games from E3 get released I think we'll see Wii U's sales increase. A price cut would definitely help too. I can see Nintendo making a price-cut announcement in a few months, maybe in August or September. Just speculating.

Once those things happen, you'll see EA, Ubisoft, Activision and others pouring in with support.

Akira_1975

#50

Akira_1975 said:

Some quality first party releases on top of a price cut just in time for Christmas will help push lots of units. I'm still feeling quite positive regarding the Wii U. I am however feeling quite negative regarding EA. I'll have a hard time supporting their products in the future.

AtomicToaster

#52

AtomicToaster said:

Nintendos strategy should be first party second partyand indies the third party games will come if there's an install base. Also EA should try games that work for a Nintendo platform I heard the sonic racing game sold pretty well.

Sensei_Sendai

#53

Sensei_Sendai said:

I think Nintendo drastically needs a price drop, I can full-well see the Wii U selling as the cheap, casual console rather than the price competitor to the One and PS4.

Akira_1975

#54

Akira_1975 said:

Nintendo should start pushing the most anticipated title. Let's face it, X was the most impressive offering. X looked like a real next gen offering. Nintendo should invest the money, take a chance, and push that sucker hard. I'm talking teasers on TV, trailers in theatres, and so on. Nintendo needs to start taking risks again in my opinion.

Crazybrain1

#56

Crazybrain1 said:

Just to let everyone know, "Viable" means "Capable of living."
Wow, so they think the Wii U is a dead platform?

Akira_1975

#57

Akira_1975 said:

Everyone thought the PS3 and Xbox were deal platforms well into their first year. This coming Christmas season will really tell us the state of things.

GamerJunkie

#59

GamerJunkie said:

I will be getting EA games on my PS4 anyway, so now I could care less if they come out on Wii U.

EA is an annoying company, but I still enjoy some of their games, so its like you can't live with them, can't live without them when you like sports games.

Tony_342

#61

Tony_342 said:

They won't make games for the system because the system won't sell, but the system won't sell because it has no games. Because it has no games, it won't sell so people won't make games for it. EA, have you ever heard of "circular reasoning?"

You have to CREATE a fanbase before it can exist to buy your games. You can't create a fanbase on a certain system without first releasing some exclusive quality games (not "schlocky" ports). It seems like EA wants to INHERIT their fanbase from Nintendo, and that's certainly not going to happen anytime soon. The simple fact of the matter is that EA are basically admitting here that they don't want to put in the hard work and effort to earn their fanbase. They want Nintendo to do all the hard work for them, then just leech off of their success.

sinalefa

#62

sinalefa said:

I love how they want the Wii U userbase to increase, but then decline to publish games on it, suggesting that EA games are not capable of moving consoles off the shelves. Not even their annual cash cows: their sports games.

It was a joke to release a port of ME3 at $60 and then announce a trilogy for the other two systems, at a lower price. If a system needed the trilogy it was Wii U, as they never got any of the first two games.

I hope the Wii U's situation turns around, EA comes back to it, and then Wii U customers turn their back on them.

Discostew

#63

Discostew said:

Let's see some past dealings with EA and Wii U here.....

They brought out a poor port of ME3, pitting it against their own trilogy sets on other platforms for the same price.
They brought out a FIFA game that was a copy of the previous one with only a change of roster when other consoles got an actual new FIFA.
They held back Crysis 3, even though the money to port it to run beautifully on Wii U was spent AND it was practically done.
They release a better version of NFS:MW 5+ months after the original release, at full price, and expected high sales of it.
They didn't even try testing FB3 on the Wii U because FB2, an engine designed with high CPU requirements, didn't show results they wanted on Wii U, yet FB3 is coming to PS4 and XB1, both platforms that also have poor CPUs.

And they think Wii U is the problem? Seriously, if EA actually gave a damn, they wouldn't have been taking steps towards making Wii U as non-viable as possible. E3 2011 was a load of crock.

ZeroxGT

#65

ZeroxGT said:

Honestly.. I dont want EA near the Wii-U after what they did... they made their bed... left them stay in it..

Undead_terror

#68

Undead_terror said:

I don't care for EA games but if they make xbox one games instead of wii u, that would be bull, just for the simple fact that who is going to buy the find?

ajcismo

#69

ajcismo said:

This is called trying to make nice because EA just figured out that the Xbone is going to bomb and sell less than the Wii U.
I, for one, will be happily watching Karma finally catch up to the most hated company in America.

LavaTwilight

#70

LavaTwilight said:

They didn't sell well because those games were ports of games that were released months if not a year beforehand! That's why they didn't shift! EA aren't interested in making a "great game" with the exception that they're just interested in "making money". They feel like they own the monopoly of computer games because they've bought out all the smaller companies. They own nothing but a heritage of crap. Fifa 95 is worth less than a dollar. Super Mario 64 is still being sold for retail value in a lot of places!

QuickSilver88

#71

QuickSilver88 said:

EA are idiots.....they think they are gong to have big installed base on a new console? What devs traditionally try to establish franchises or new IPs in the first gen of software. Much like Ubi did with Zombie U. Zombie zu didn't sell bad for a launch title, many liked it and when the base increases they can bring out a sequel an do better. EA is on poor footing with Nintendo gamers and it goes back a while. They did one good madden for Wii which was 09 that was the family friendly one. The Tiger games were good and sold well because many real golfers loved the realistic motion controls. Beyond that they did a lot of crap.....never took any risks on an exclusive or unique IP....this on a console that sold 100mil. They have largely sucked on handhelds....I mean 100s of millions of GBA, DS, 3DS and the NFS, Madden,, Tiger games have largely sucked. So we Nintendo fans just don't trust them. To those talking about difficulty porting....honestly U are ignorant. This isn't the 90s. All these systems have advanced dev tools and assets for grafx, sound, music, and physics all get re-used. Many devs have said the U is easy to dev on or port to and that is evidenced by the fact Cryengine was up and running on no time, same with unreal3, and rockstar had GTA running on it. It took months to port NFSMw and they upgraded the grax and added special features. If this logic holds then EA will only be a ps4 and pc company soon enough. M$ already said they expect to struggle out of the gate and EA will never find acceptance on U unless they put something out worth buying. Personally I grew tired of madden and ncaa years ago. Dragon Age and ME are all they have that I care about and about one in 5 or 6 NFS titles.

Davidiam007

#72

Davidiam007 said:

Well, if EA made high quality games then maybe more nintendo fans would buy. I like how they blame the consumers first and not their developers who made the crappy ports for the reason of low sales.

SetupDisk

#73

SetupDisk said:

Mass effect 3 made no sense, at the same time all three games were the same price on PS3 and 360.

GamerJunkie

#76

GamerJunkie said:

@Davidiam007 Wii U already has a bunch of bad ports on it, so whats your point? I think Madden, Battlefield 4, The Sims, Need for Speed, FIFA Soccer, and many of the games EA puits out would be better than most of the Wii U games so far.

I love Nintendo 1st party games, its the only reason I have a Wii U, but still, I think they are just killing themselves with all these developers saying "no" to them.

bassoongoon

#77

bassoongoon said:

Guess which company is going to get "Worst in America" for the 3rd time in a row?

Need for Speed was fun. From what I've heard it is the only good game that EA has on Wii U. They should not complain that their hastily-made, low budget ports are not selling well.

Melkaticox

#78

Melkaticox said:

Wii U sells 30 million consoles the next 2 years

Nintendo: Good job, guys! We've finally reached the 30m mark!
Ubisoft: Thank god! It was tough...
Activision: I'm glad I never stopped supporting you, guys!
Platinum: Well yeah, I'm glad Bayonetta 2 sold so mu--
EA: Hey guys!
Nintendo: ...
Ubisoft: ...
Activision: ...
Platinum: ...The f*** you doing here?
EA: Oh, what? Oh, nothing, nothing, I just came here to...anyways, I have some very good news!! I think it's time you finally get some support from me, Ninty!
Nintendo: No. Get out.
EA: W-What? Are you seriously--?
Nintendo: Yes. GET-OUT.
EA: DUDE! Are you INSANE?! Without your EA Sports games, the Wii U will NEVER sell as much on Europe as it does on the USA and Japan!
Nintendo: -Shows him a 3DS-
EA: ...I-It's not the same! That's a handheld! People don't get handhelds to play sports games!
Nintendo: 2K Sports started supporting us one year ago. Goodbye, we'll not miss you.
EA: ...-Sniff- First the Xbox One flops, then I get the "worst company in america" title for the third time in a row...THEN I get it for a fourth time, and now this? -leaves-

Yoshis_VGM

#79

Yoshis_VGM said:

My favorite part was this: "We're a rational company."

Did anybody else burst out laughing at that?

EA, do you remember that time, back in E3 2011, when you said that you would fully support the Wii U, and then do you remember back to earlier this year, when you completely turned your backs on the Wii U and marched away? Yeah, that was so rational.

I honestly don't care about EA at this point.

KnightRider666

#80

KnightRider666 said:

Not willing to take the same chance other companies took, huh EA? How about this EA? Nintendo doesn't need you and your lousy watered down game versions. It's a shame what EA has become. They're on their way to becoming the new "Capcom".

Ichiban

#83

Ichiban said:

I'll be going where ever the new Star Wars battlefront ends up! Been hanging for it for years! PvZ: Garden Warfare looks cool too, reminds me of Conkers bad fur day multiplayer.
Doesnt hurt to enjoy the competition guys

gavn64

#84

gavn64 said:

How nice of them.... just f#ck off EA like forever it might amaze you to realize this but some of us dont care AT ALL about your games.

AugustusOxy

#86

AugustusOxy said:

Watch all these companies come crawling back to the Wii-u when the PS4 and Xbox one are released, do terribly, and cost 40 million a game to develop for.

SkywardLink98

#87

SkywardLink98 said:

Makes sense to me. It's not EA's job to build the Wii U up, it's their job to keep it up once it is.

JusticeColde

#91

JusticeColde said:

Thank you for telling the truth about your reasons, EA.

Now learn how to make better games or suffer with the Xbone.

ToastyYogurt

#92

ToastyYogurt said:

"We publish games where we think we can make a great game and hit a big audience, and make money."

Fixed.

smashbrolink

#93

smashbrolink said:

There's a reason your games aren't selling as much as you'd like on Wii U, EA: Many of your attempts are half-assed or waaaaay too late to catch our interest.
Many of us here are multiplatform gamers.
We've PLAYED YOUR GAMES BEFORE ON OTHER SYSTEMS.
And yet you expect us to pay for something like Mass Effect 3, without all of the DLC, when you've got a collection of all 3 games that you could have released instead?!

No, EA. Take your laziness and walk off a cliff with it.
If you want to sell on the Wii U, then you can't rely upon poorly-done, late-ass ports. You need to go all in and develop something unique for the system, or you will NEVER, EVER, get the sales you THINK you deserve on the Wii U.

Please stop the profanity as per NL rules. k8smum

smashbrolink

#94

smashbrolink said:

@MeowGravy I have no problem enjoying my PS3.
Maybe even the PS4.
But Microsoft and EA can die off for all I care.

you've been warned once tonite about the profanity. 3rd time will result in a temp ban. k8smum

GoombaJMR

#95

GoombaJMR said:

I'd love to see the new NFS on the Wii U...cause I don't have any plans on getting a PS4 or Box1...zz

Shworange

#96

Shworange said:

Fair weather fans... I mean programmers. What if the other two systems go into a sales slump too? What systen will you sell games on then?

CrabGats

#97

CrabGats said:

Oh, they'll be back, guys, don't be silly. They don't seem to understand ALL new consoles will have a slow start, the only exception I see is the PS4, but even then, I don't think it'll be selling as well as we're all expecting it to, not for a good while. Not because it's not a good system, it's probably the best console out of the pack, but it's more because of the times. People aren't as enticed to buy the latest console, only gamers really are, and of course, rich parents. And don't get me started on Xbox One, that is going to be a massive trainwreck within itself, I think as soon as EA notices that this generation, Sony and Nintendo will be dominating, they'll start supporting us equally again.

Dater100

#98

Dater100 said:

I need my FIFA star wars, and mass effect
And nintendo should pay to bring us GTA V

DESS-M-8

#100

DESS-M-8 said:

@C-Olimar Theyre pretty committed to it at launch, they'll release several titles and then hold back to see how the sales go, it's just a shame battlefield 4, battlefront and FIFA 14 and madden 25 were due at the time the wii u released or those would have been the launch games on wii u.

The sports series will return September next year easily, madden and FIFA for sure, NHL and tiger woods will likely be later which is a shame to miss out on the 25th anniversary of madden, especially as the UK didn't even get Madden 13.

SmaMan

#101

SmaMan said:

So hold up, do they or do they not have Wii U games in development? I keep hearing them going back and forth on this.

Good sum up:
EA, can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.

dumedum

#103

dumedum said:

"EA will jump right over a cliff and be gone forever" - sounds better. I will definitely support EA though if it becomes a viable developer.

Shock_Tart

#104

Shock_Tart said:

EA is a crap anyway, all they do is clutter video game stores with Madden and other sports games that no one buys.

withoutdk

#106

withoutdk said:

if they actually made an effort in making the games work great on the wii u.. then there would be no problems...

Kruger85

#107

Kruger85 said:

LOL Why are you all crying Nintendo Slurps?The video game industry is about making great games,making sure they sell well and make the developers money in return!!
Why would ANY 3rd party WASTE their time making a game for the Wii U, when no one is buying the system?for a developer to spend 6 months on a game and then for it to only sell a few thousand due to very small fan base they would lose millions and would be suicide!!
It is ALL Nintendo's fault any way, they released the console a year to early to try and get ahead start on the next gen and stupidly thought that 3rd party games would sell the system with only just a lame Mario Brow Wii rehash big launch game in just Hd would shift units for months!!
If Nintendo had taken more time with the Wii U,and released this holidays and launched with better first party games and priced it and $250 then the Wii U would not be in this hilarious position!!

Andrew_Cook

#108

Andrew_Cook said:

I guess if destroying everyone's goodwill toward you with boring copycat games and anti-consumer policies is rational...

F4LLEND4RK

#110

F4LLEND4RK said:

They hardly needed to tell us that, I think we all knew that already.
Obviously to a company like EA where money matters more than anything they aren't going to make a lot of games for the Wii U if they can't make a shed load of big ones from it.

Royalblues

#111

Royalblues said:

Wii U is already a viable platform. Hurry and put your money where your mouth is and make games for it already, or lose money. Your call EA.

DreamDrop

#112

DreamDrop said:

To be honest, it's completely fair to avoid the WiiU because it just doesn't sell at all. Coming to my thoughts, the only reason i haven't bought a WiiU is because of the crappy Mario titles that keep coming out.

Oh look another Mario game and only this time you can play as Peach too! BIG WHOOP! Mario Kart? Please I think Sonic & All-stars racing is far superior to Mario Kart now, no doubt at ALL.

As a Nintendo fan I yearn for titles like F-Zero, Metroid, Starfox etc but NO! Nintendo just wants to keep on releasing an italian plumber's games!

Moving onto the third-party games like Batman Arkham Origins, AC IV etc. I'd much rather play those on my desktop for full blown-out experience. That just leaves Bayonetta 2. Get a console for one game? I don't think so.

I may be an avid Nintendo fan but even a brain-dead Monkey can point out that the WiiU has nothing that supports it, I don't care what Sony or MS fans say about Nintendo but seriously, it's time to move into Gear 6 Nintendo especially considering how miserable the XBox One has been as per the announcements and reactions. That just opens a door for Nintendo to step up and fight their arch-rivals Sony for the coveted Number 1 spot.

Twilight_Crow

#114

Twilight_Crow said:

Sorry for the people that likes EA games, but I just don't care. Their sports games are just for big sports fans otherwise they are boring to dead, and I don't like realistic racing games. I may buy ME 3 used whenever I found it for a good price, because I would like to play it, but If I don't find it, I'll live. EA has VERY little for me.

ILikeRead

#116

ILikeRead said:

can someone please tell ea corps to read these comments to show how much people dislike money grubbing squids.

KLZ

#117

KLZ said:

Even if EA published games for wii u one would buy them, so, whats the point?

MikeDanger

#119

MikeDanger said:

Sega is the one developer that's going to give life to the Wii U with great games like Bayonetta 2 and the new Sonic game which looks really good.

EA you are just money hogs, go support your Xbox One! This console will live long thanks to the burying of the grudges and new found team work between Nintendo and Sega.

Go forth and show these scrubs who were the pioneers of the Console War!

Pod

#121

Pod said:

Well obviously.

For the time being, Activision and Ubisoft are probably happy to be rid of the competition. Nintendo players only ever buy so many 3rd party games.

Souflee

#123

Souflee said:

The other two a plus the vita are already viable platforms out of the box, they never get threats or unexplained lack of support, this is doggie-do-do-dingleberry, third parties always do this to nintendo, there's no good reason, they hate that Nintendo does so well, there's no reason for the Wii U not to be getting, ea sports games, and gta v and final fantasy and kingdom hearts and the rest, its doggie-do-do-dingleberry!

xKing_Koopahx

#124

xKing_Koopahx said:

In all fairness companies have to make money and If they cant make money why would you sink your money and make nothing back? No one does this really. We all really like nintendo here and EA is just keeping it real. If there is no return for your companies work then your company cant make games where their efforts just sink and crash

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