If relationship troubles between Nintendo and EA weren’t already dire enough, the circus continues with a recent survey from EA Germany, failing to make mention of Nintendo’s latest home console, the Wii U.
In the survey, the Wii U is not mentioned in any of the questions about current or next generation platforms (PS4, Xbox One, and PC). Also missing in action is the 3DS and Sony’s PlayStation Vita, but given the publisher’s recent history with handheld gaming this comes as little surprise. The Wii is also not mentioned. Nintendo’s announcement of its discontinuation of the system may have encouraged this.
This survey follows EA’s decision to unofficially abandon Nintendo’s current generation home console, perhaps unsurprising when you consider its own most recent financial figures revealing just 1.3 percent of software revenue in the last quarter came from combined sales on Wii and Wii U, compared to a massive 54 percent from Xbox 360, and 42 percent of sales for PS3.
These developments first began during the Wii U launch period, with poor sales for the EA titles Mass Effect 3, FIFA 13, and the belated Need for Speed: Most Wanted; Nintendo gamers could argue that, for various reasons, these releases were undermined by their form or release date. The icing on the cake was the announcement of a port of FIFA 13 rebranded as FIFA 14 Legacy Edition for Wii and 3DS (continuing a trend from the Wii iterations in previous years), and this followed with the announcement that the latest entry in the series FIFA 14 would not be coming to the Wii U at all.
It’s been a bumpy twelve months for both publishers, and although EA hasn’t ruled out the Wii U – or any other Nintendo systems entirely — its inability to include or even make mention Nintendo’s existence on a form such as this are a possible indication of just how torn the relationship between the two industry giants is.
How do you feel about EA’s current attitude towards Nintendo systems — in particular its lack of support for the Wii U? Do EA’s actions make sense when taking into consideration financial figures, or do you think the company is not trying hard enough, as indicated by this survey? Also let us know if you think the squabbles between Nintendo and EA will be resolved anytime soon.