"Their approach is quite different from anything they've done in the past"
Based on the PS3 and 360 versions, or a new deal entirely?
"We're huge fans. We have a relationship that goes many decades back"
Unsure whether "people be interested" in portable aspect
StreetPass connectivity was planned for this "online only" outing
"Their approach is quite different from anything they've done in the past"
During the recent Switch presentation EA executive Patrick Söderlund took to the stage to confirm that FIFA would be coming to the console, and Famitsu has now published more comments from the man himself, taken directly after the event. Söderlund speaks about Nintendo's...
"We've been with Nintendo for a very long time"
EA is opening its Nintendo Switch account with a FIFA title, but the company's executive vice president Patrick Söderlund says that owners can expect more games in the future. Speaking to IGN, Söderlund outlined EA's decision to support to the console at launch, and why working with the Japanese...
Based on the PS3 and 360 versions, or a new deal entirely?
While EA didn't have anything to show at the Nintendo Switch presentation, the fact that Vice President of EA Worldwide Studios Patrick Söderlund was on-stage showed that it considers the platform to be of some importance. It's also bringing one of its biggest brands - FIFA - to the machine...
"We're huge fans. We have a relationship that goes many decades back"
EA's on-off relationship with Nintendo has become so epic that it could be turned into a Hollywood romance, but the pair appear to be at the stage of exchanging furtive glances across the room at the moment, with the massive American publisher indicating that while it is...
Unsure whether "people be interested" in portable aspect
With the Nintendo Switch just a matter of months away, and with the major unveiling all set for early January, anticipation is building for the next step in the system's path to release. We've seen plenty of executives share confidence and support for the system and its concept, that of a...
StreetPass connectivity was planned for this "online only" outing
While EA's relationship with Nintendo has cooled in recent years, during the DS and Wii era the two companies were very close, with EA releasing numerous games aimed at families on the consoles. One franchise which really found its feet on Nintendo platforms was MySims, a spin-off of...
Even long before Pokémon GO, rival games companies looked on enviously at the Pokémon franchise and wanted to get a slice of the action for themselves. Who can forget Invizimals on the Sony PSP? OK, bad example! Australian indie developer Nic Watt, from Nnooo which has published multiple Nintendo eShop titles, recently revealed on the...
"I was famously quoted as saying we're still good friends"
EA's relationship with Nintendo has been up and down over the decades; during the early years of the 16-bit era the publisher famously partnered with rival Sega after securing a favourable licensing deal, and in more recent years we've seen support drop off to nothing following the...
No unprecedented partnership here
Many no doubt remember that historic moment when the Wii U was first announced onstage and John Riccitiello – then-CEO of EA – took to the stage to announce an "unprecedented partnership" between his company and Nintendo. For a time, things were looking pretty good, but EA was pretty quick to jump ship when it...
Also uses the usual "we're huge fans of Nintendo" line
The Nintendo NX is due in March 2017, and all that is truly known with 100% certainty is that it will play video games. It won't be a toaster or a talking robot (we don't think), and it'll probably have some kind of controller with buttons and sticks. There are reasonable and logical ideas...
But EA is playing hardball
Remember when the Wii U was about to launch a few years back, and EA's CEO John Riccitiello spoke boldly about the "unprecedented partnership" his firm enjoyed with Nintendo? What followed was anything but, with EA dropping support for the machine after a string of commercial flops. However, according to information we've...
But, what about the unprecedented partnership?
As is referenced in the tag, many of you will likely remember when John Riccitiello took the stage when Wii U was initially revealed at E3. The EA CEO explained how his company and Nintendo were to engage in an unprecedented partnership, placing heavy emphasis on the online component of the Wii U...
Planning permission withdrawn back in 2011
Last year EA released SimCity on the PC, an ambitious update of Will Wright's genre-defining 1989 original. While it was warmly received by reviewers, it was plagued with online issues relating to the need for an "always on" connection, resulting in many fans branding it a disaster. It has since come to...
"You have to make some hard calls when you've got only so many people"
EA's support for Nintendo platforms is pretty lacking in general right now, but the 3DS and Wii U aren't the only systems the publisher is turning its back on — it has all but retreated from the dedicated portable console market, instead choosing to put its efforts into the...
Oh no, not Bejeweled 2!
Closing down online game services is all the rage at the moment, with Nintendo switching off elements of its Wi-Fi services on the Wii and DS on 20th May. It appears that EA is now joining in the fun, with online services for over 50 games closing at the end of June. The range of games is old enough to incorporate a period...
Get hyped for 9th June, all you third-party fans
Ubisoft and EA have given the final word on when they'll take the stage for E3 press conferences in 2014. The two third-party publishing giants will have their media briefings on 9th June; EA will show off its latest projects first at 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern / 9pm UK / 10pm CET, while Ubisoft will...
The person in charge of the Frostbite Engine Twitter could be in trouble
Yesterday was April Fools Day, that one day of the year when media outlets are allowed to let their imaginations run riot and create some truly outlandish — and totally fictional — news stories. You'll no doubt have seen our Nintendo VR prank, and — to save you the...
Virtual reality is becoming a solid reality
The trend of virtual reality gaming has been picking up speed ever since the Oculus Rift was demoed at E3 back in 2012. Although VR has been done in the past, it left gamers wanting a better experience. Though the Oculus Rift is not on the market yet, we've seen some pretty interesting demos of games like...
"I know where I, as the COO, and my company stands on this relationship"
Just recently an EA source was quoted as saying Nintendo was "dead" to EA "very quickly", after an initial show of support for the Wii U at E3 2011 and during its early months on the market. It was a source that wanted to be anonymous but, nevertheless, was cultivated by the...
"We don't really make games for kids"
When Nintendo announced the Wii U, one of the first publishers to pledge its allegiance was EA, which promised "unprecedented" support for the new console. That quickly dissolved to nothing, with EA's only contributions coming in the first months of the Wii U's lifespan. It has — for the time being, at least...
CEO Andrew Wilson wants to focus on "making great games"
If you're a Nintendo fan, then the chances are you probably don't think much of EA right now. Following assurances that the company would enjoy an "unprecedented relationship" with the creator of the Wii U, EA has practically abandoned Nintendo, to the point where its sales across Wii, Wii U...
Says consoles' demands are making consumers turn to mobile
Lately, it seems Nintendo has received its fair share of disparaging remarks from EA representatives, along with unflattering comparisons to Apple. And now today, at D.I.C.E. Europe, came the one-two combo of an EA executive unflatteringly comparing Nintendo to Apple. EA Chief Creative...
It's called "Legacy Edition"
Those paying attention earlier today may have spotted FIFA 14 in the European Nintendo Download update, which is nice. Unfortunately it's priced at €49.99 / £39.99 on the 3DS eShop in the region, which is almost as ambitious as Ubisoft's download pricing of Splinter Cell Blacklist on the Wii U eShop. Of course, the...
Apart from the no Wii U games thing, that is
At times we exist in a Twilight Zone in video game land. A major publisher will say something and we'll think "oh, that's nice", and then we'll look at what's actually happening and think, "eh?" It's a bizarre world where words uttered have little relation to reality, where straight lines and honest...
Publisher wants to dish out "omnidirectional" support
Electronic Arts has had a strange relationship with Nintendo ever since the launch of the Wii U. There are currently four games from the publisher residing on the system but it seems the support - at least in the short-term - has all but dried up. The company is naturally offering support for...
From "unprecedented" to "unsupported"
To say that EA's lack of support for the Wii U has been to the detriment of the fledgling console would perhaps be an understatement. With the absence of the powerhouse publisher's massive library of big-name franchises, from EA Sports to Battlefield to more casual titles like PopCap's various series, the...
"We’ve launched four games. We’re proud of them"
Electronic Arts has enjoyed a rather inconsistent relationship with the Wii U since it launched last year. Following promises of "unprecedented support", the publisher has so far delivered four titles for the console and doesn't appear to have any big-name releases on the horizon. However, like...
"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,
Coming to a Wii and 3DS near you
In April this year, Electronic Arts announced the newest addition to its FIFA franchise, FIFA 14. Sadly, the Wii U wasn't shown in the initial line-up, but EA promised other consoles would be revealed at a later date. It didn't help that before this, EA confessed that Madden NFL would be skipping a Nintendo console...
Considering Wii U for future titles
Nintendo's relationship with EA has been a subject of much speculation as of late. It's been unclear whether or not the publisher considers the Wii U part of the next generation of home consoles alongside Sony's Playstation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, and some of EA's major titles seem to be skipping Nintendo's...
It'll only be available on rival consoles
A couple of days ago, EA announced the next game in the Need for Speed series. This one will be known as Need for Speed Rivals and is being developed by Swedish studio Ghost Games. This iteration is set to come into view later this year and features an open-world environment where players can either take...
It's been less than a week since we brought you the news that Electronic Arts confessed it had zero games in development for the Wii U. This didn't sit particularly well with you lovely readers, especially when Senior Software Engineer and Architect at EA, Bob Summerwill, blasted Nintendo's latest console on Twitter. Time to backtrack...
Not even the "award-winning HD gameplay" could save it
EA confirmed last week that it has no Wii U games in development at this moment in time, which pretty much confirmed FIFA 14 would not be coming to Nintendo's system this time round, joining the likes of Madden NFL 14 and
Oops, comments have since been removed
Not too long after Electronic Arts admitted that it currently had nothing in development for the Wii U, Senior Software Engineer and Architect at EA, Bob Summerwill, took to Twitter to voice his opinions on the system. Summerwill, who has been with EA since 1999 and worked on titles such as FIFA 11, according...
We're just as confused as you are
Despite having an "unprecedented partnership" with Nintendo just a couple of years ago, Electronic Arts seems to be making no effort with games for the Wii U at the moment. Speaking to Kotaku, a representative for the company said the following: We have no games in development for the Wii U currently. However,...
Sign of the times?
As we're all painfully aware, DICE's Frostbite engine isn't coming to the Wii U — which means that owners of the console will be missing out on titles in the Battlefield and Star Wars series. The reason given is lack of power, which makes the move to develop Frostbite for "all major mobile platforms" all the more surprising...
Let's hope the game doesn't get a red card
Last month, we were given fresh details on Electronic Art's next installment in the FIFA franchise, FIFA 14; however, a Wii U version wasn't mentioned in the initial line-up. In the press release, EA did say that additional platforms would be announced in the coming months. When questioned by
Back of the net
The football season is slowly drawing to a close, which can only mean one thing: EA will soon be announcing its next FIFA title in preparation for the next campaign. Fans of the series will be pleased to hear EA will be revealing more news on FIFA 14 tomorrow, on the same day as Nintendo Direct. Coincidence? Probably, yes. [tweet...
Whether we like it or not
Let's say something right off the bat — we expect a number of readers will have read that headline and scoffed audibly, confidently saying that this article is deranged and already wrong. EA isn't exactly flavour of the month, and is at the time of writing a semi-final candidate to once again be crowned as the "worst...
Decision made after poor financial results
Electronic Arts' John Riccitiello has handed in his letter of resignation and will be stepping down from his position as chief executive officer on 31st March 2013 after being in charge of the company for six years. Larry Probst, who was the publisher's CEO from 1991 to 2007, will be the man in charge...
It's most likely UFC, though
Publishing behemoth Electronic Arts certainly has a fair amount of sports franchises under its belt. It seems the company hasn't reached the last notch just yet though, as chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen has suggested it could take on a couple more franchises. During the recent Wedbush Technology Conference,...
The game was running on Nintendo's system
EA published Crysis 3 in February on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately, Wii U missed out on the futuristic first person shooter, but that hasn't stopped people holding out hope for it. Back in January, Cevat Yerli, CEO and founder of Crytek, the game's developer, said Nintendo and EA did hold...
"Buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be"
Some of us in the Nintendo Life team and, we're sure, throughout the community, remember the days when you'd buy a game once and have the full product right there in your hand. The march of time and technology waits for no-one, of course, and we now have extensive download options, additional paid DLC and,...
In the rough
Thanks to its motion-sensing controller, the Wii managed to deliver several compelling instalments in EA's Tiger Woods series. Despite the lack of graphical fidelity when compared to the 360 and PS3 versions, the Nintendo editions still managed to hold their own, primarily because the Wii Remote allowed more immersive gameplay...
Mario is third, but results are only from 1996 onwards
When it comes to the UK software sales charts, FIFA is often King. While some like to pick on Nintendo's fairly regular entries from Mario, for example, FIFA is an annual affair that, from year to year, promises revolutionary improvements to shake up the series. FIFA 13 did represent a genuine...
Update: New Wii U exclusive features detailed
EA's popular racing title Need For Speed: Most Wanted will be hitting the Wii U in North America on March 19th. This is just a short while after the Japanese launch, which is due to occur on the 14th of the same month. The game was originally launched on PS3 and 360 last year, and met with a positive...
Japanese release date confirmed as 14th March
We know that Need For Speed: Most Wanted is coming to the Wii U in 2013, but up until recently there was no solid indication of when that would be. That's now changed as EA Japan has listed the release date as 14th March in that region - presumably North American and European dates will follow shortly...
We know that Madden NFL 13 on Wii U isn't going to offer all of the features seen in the 360 and PS3 editions of the game, but it's only now that the reason for this is becoming clear: the developers only had half a year to make the game. The amazing dev schedule has been revealed by IGN, w
FIFA 13 was confirmed for release on Wii U yesterday, and after a brief run out at EA's Summer Showcase here are the first screenshots. They show off several of the new functions, such as lifting the GamePad to take direct control of set pieces, on the fly stat checking and those all-important touch screen management options. Remember:...
If you're a non-North American fan of American football, you might want to fling a coloured flag in EA's direction: the Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 is only being released in North America. Madden NFL 13 on Wii U was officially confirmed last night at EA's Summer Showcase, scheduled for release at the console's launch. However, it was...
We're on our soapbox
It's been a relatively busy week of Nintendo news, culminating in the EA Summer Showcase that was more of a polite presentation, in terms of Wii U at least. Once again we take a look at some of the news of the past week and give a personal spin, ranging from optimism to shouting from on top of our soapbox, depending on the...
Ready for takeoff
Don't worry about missing out on any backstory if you jump into the Mass Effect series for the first time on Wii U; Mass Effect 3 will include an interactive mode that fills in the most important parts and lets you make key choices to shape your character. That's better than nothing, right? Speaking at EA's Summer Showcase,...
The Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 has been shown off for the first time at EA's Summer Showcase. On top of the Madden features you've come to expect, the American football series will use the GamePad in several unique ways to really kick things off. You'll be able to use the touch screen for play calling and swift tactical changes with...
Back of the net
FIFA 13 has been announced as a launch title for Wii U at EA's Summer Showcase. EA hyped up the soccer simulator as the best FIFA on a Nintendo console yet, with the Wii U allowing for a "different experience" to the other platforms. The company thinks that if your dad can use a mobile phone, he should also be able to play FIFA 13...
It's today, by the way
We already know that EA is watching Wii U closely and has confirmed FIFA 13 for the system, but is the publisher/developer planning more for Nintendo's new console? We may find out today, as part of EA's Summer Showcase. IGN has stated that Wii U games will feature in the presentation, though the off
Tell us something new
Speaking at EA's first quarter earnings meeting, EA chief operating officer Peter Moore mentioned that the company is "keeping a very close eye" on Wii U. Earlier, FIFA 13 was confirmed for Wii U. IGN reports that Moore noted Wii U's "lackluster response" at E3, but that Nintendo is not a company to take lightly, "as proven by...
FIFA 13 hasn't been announced for Wii U yet, but during an interview about the game and the future of the series, FIFA executive producer David Rutter expressed interest in the potential of Wii U GamePad, labelling it "pretty exciting". CVG asked Rutter if he found Wii U interesting and received an enthusiastic response in return. Rutter is...
Soccer fans, get ready to pile up those jumpers for goalposts. An ESRB listing has revealed that FIFA 12 3DS's Streets mode will return in the portable version of FIFA 13. It's likely to take inspiration from off-shoot series FIFA Street, which focuses on five-a-side matches and fancy footwork. EA got in touch with
The silent treatment
At last year's E3, EA CEO John Riccitiello shared a stage with Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime to announce that the two companies would join together in an "unprecedented partnership" for the launch of Wii U. Neither party gave any real indication what this would...
Get the lowdown on all EA's upcoming games right here with the company's E3 press conference. Last year EA CEO John Riccitello came on stage at Nintendo's press conference and spoke of an 'unprecedented partnership' in relation to Wii U. We'd expect more in Nintendo's event tomorrow, but we may get some reveals and insights in EA's press...
Last year at E3, Nintendo promised a lot to core gamers. "Wii U will be right just for you," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said, playing a showreel of hardcore shooters and action games to win over the crowd. Talking heads from big publishers all crowed about the machine's capabilities and its new controller — top...
Bookmark this (updated 31st May)
With one week to go, we've put together a complete guide to this year's E3 show so you know exactly what's on offer, when and how to watch it. We've compiled a list of the major press conferences and live events and converted them into a range of time zones so you know exactly when to come to Nintendo Life to get...
But won't say what they are
EA's chief operating officer Peter Moore has been a vocal supporter of the Wii U already: back in August he appeared totally confident in the console's online features, and in a recent interview with Famitsu he reaffirmed this commitment with some glowing words. Most intriguing are the hints at the Wii U's online...
Others not so sure
The recent London Games Conference brought some of the industry's greatest minds together to discuss all things gaming, with Nintendo's recent loss one topic discussed at a panel. David DeMartini, senior vice president of global E-commerce at Electronic Arts — he must have some pretty big business cards — believes Nintendo's...
FIFA, Madden, Battlefield?
With a release date way off in the misty distance of 2012, there's not a huge amount of Wii U information to go around at the moment, but EA chief operating officer Peter Moore is confident the mega-publisher will be there with all its big titles. Speaking to Reuters, Moore revealed he's heading over to Nintendo's Japanese...
Warning: dangerous levels of cuteness
The Sims 3 certainly suffered in its transition to the 3DS, but hopefully EA will fix those issues with the follow-up, The Sims 3 Pets. The company has just released a trailer at Gamescom, and while it contains footage likely exclusively from the Xbox 360, PS3 or PC versions, it should still give you an idea of...
Digs controller too
Electronic Arts' chief operating officer Peter Moore has been around the block once or twice in this industry. He first came to gamers' attention at SEGA of America before he moved to spearhead Microsoft's Xbox and Xbox 360, and he was recently promoted to COO of the company after being president of its EA Sports division. He's...
FIFA City is your home side now
As football fans prepare for the start of the Premier League 2011/12 season, gamers will also be getting ready for this year's instalment of the FIFA series as the game approaches its retail release on the Wii and 3DS. Developed by EA Canada, FIFA 12 will once again allow players to make those all-important transfer decisions in the Manager Mode and earn bonuses by..
"Transcends anything I’ve ever done before"
Those sceptical of Wii U's ability to change gaming might want to heed the words of Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, who recently gave the upcoming system a huge endorsement, complimenting its second screen setup, calling it cool, precise and powerful. He's quoted as saying: It's a high definition...
Could it be magic?
The boy wizard might be facing his final adventure at the box office, but he's got at least two more DS games in him, with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 due later this year. It's not the only magical outing though, as next week sees Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II - The Video Game — surely the best name for a game ever — released on Wii and DS. The game ties-in..
Extra content off the bench and warming up
EA Canada won't be pulling out all the stops with its upcoming FIFA 12 effort on the 3DS, but gamers will be glad that at least the game can be kept relatively up-to-date via the console's SpotPass feature. Producer Matt Prior has elaborated on how FIFA 12 will utilise selected 3DS features and reiterated how the studio plans to get the fundamentals right..
Not all 3DS features have made it into the first-team
We already know what's going to be included in FIFA 12 on the 3DS, now it's time to find out what's been left out of the game and why. With the Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA brands leading the way in football (or what is known as soccer in the U.S.) games, it's interesting to see what FIFA 12 is willing to provide considering Pro Evolution..
Start your engines
Last year's Wii version of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit didn't go down brilliantly with gamers, but hopefully EA can atone for its errors with this year's entry Need for Speed: The Run on Wii. It's not just Wii getting a look in though, as Need for Speed: The Run is coming to 3DS as well. Promising "immersive storytelling" the game will see players racing across the..
The development team tackles our tough questions
Sports and video games go together like quarterbacks and cheerleaders, and that's why we at Nintendo Life are excited that Madden NFL, one of the longest-running and most popular American football franchises, is among the 3DS launch line-up. We've been tossing the pigskin back and forth across the office to get ourselves pumped, and our first-string..
Looks like you'll have to go outdoors after all
It sure looked pretty, but EA announced at a recent event in New York City that they have cancelled production of their bucolic horticulture simulator Gardens, once slotted as one of EA's 3DS launch titles. While those who were looking forward to a more relaxing handheld experience will certainly...
Golf franchise makes a return with some new features
EA Sports President, Peter Moore, made it clear that he was disappointed with the sales performance of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the Wii, even though it was a critically-acclaimed title. Whatever the cause of the sales numbers was, it was evident that EA Sports would have to do something special if interest is to bounce back up on the golfing..
Just a couple of suggestions from John Riccitiello
Whether it's the top priority or not, Nintendo is undoubtedly looking to pick up declining profits with the upcoming 3DS. However, in response to the Move and Kinect peripherals for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively, launching new hardware might not be the only answer if Nintendo is to...
For getting rid of... we mean, exchanging Sims with other players
Not satisfied with just bringing The Sims 3 to the Wii and DS, EA will also be allowing gamers the option of raising their family in 3D too when it launches in Japan for the 3DS in Spring 2011. Famitsu has published some game details on the latest instalment of the life-simulation strategy game and it looks set to utilise the 3DS..
Perfect for gamers who live in apartment blocks
Back in September, we reported on EA announcing its first 3DS title that's currently in the works. The gardening game, previously known as My Garden, has now been renamed and rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Gardens is now the second 3DS title that's been passed by the ESRB, the first being Madden NFL Football, also published by EA..
Gridiron action coming in first half of 2011
E3 2010 gave us a laundry list of third-party titles that are in development for the Nintendo 3DS and since then, we've been steadily learning more about them. We've not seen much of sports games yet but EA is changing all that. The publisher has announced that its upcoming Madden NFL Football game will be getting its retail release in the first half of..
Only available from the dog
If you've been waiting anxiously to pick up EA's NBA Jam revival in the UK, you're going to want to heed His Master's Voice and head to your local HMV, as gaming's other purple retailer has nabbed the game as an exclusive. Not only does this mean you won't be able to find it in-store at Gamestation or Game, you can't buy it from other online retailers either: neither..
Get ready to meet your new family
The Sims is quite popular, apparently. Popular enough for Electronic Arts to bring the nonsense-speaking humanoids back to Wii and DS in the form of The Sims 3. Both consoles will receive bespoke versions of the virtual life simulator, each with its own modes, challenges and objectives. The Wii version is set to include the series' first ever multiplayer mode,..
Try to contain your surprise
Trey Smith, Creative Director of recent Wii slam-a-jamma NBA Jam, is an old head in this industry, having been working on games for the best part of a decade. He must have seen his fair share of problems in his team, but when quizzed by the MTV Multiplayer blog what did he state as the number one biggest problem affecting the games industry? Gamers with bad attitudes..
It wouldn't be basketball without politicians
Remember NBA Jam's bizarre roster of characters featuring everyone from Warren Moon to Bill Clinton? The upcoming NBA Jam for Wii isn't about to disappoint in that regard, with its presidential qualifications fulfilled neatly by one Barack Obama and other unexpected players hidden away. As well as Obama,...
What crazy play modes await us?
When we caught up with Pete Trenouth, a producer of NBA Jam for the Wii, he was wasn't quite ready to spill the beans on the upcoming Remix Modes, but now EA has released a trailer that showcases the weird and wonderful play modes that we'll be slammin' and jammin' to when the iconic basketball game makes its return next month. As well as the classic two-on-two,..
Has EA shot itself in the foot?
EA is one of the industry's juggernauts, thanks to its array of sports franchises that release a game a year across all platforms. Whilst that is potentially lucrative, it's also a double-edged sword as each instalment needs to have significant improvements over the last, otherwise gamers won't have any incentive to...
No need to water your 3DS, do that in-game
The upcoming 3DS clearly packs a punch in the visuals department in more ways than one, and instead of portraying more human forms of photo-realism, EA has decided to introduce itself to the party with a gardening simulation as its first release on the platform. My Garden (a working title), is exactly what it sounds like. Offering a variety of different..
Hear "Walking on the Sun" for the 400th time
How do you shrink a multiplayer music experience to a portable handheld console? Guitar Hero: On Tour offered a guitar grip and successor Band Hero even came with a silicone sleeve to make drums easier to use, but the DS's upcoming Rock Band 3 is taking a less accessory-based approach, being only...
Couch multiplayer only
When we interviewed NBA Jam producer Pete Trenouth earlier this year, he wasn't sure if online play would make it into the final release. Regrettably EA Sports' Community Manager Alain Quinto has confirmed via Twitter that the game will not ship with online play. Q: Will NBA Jam have an online multiplayer mode on the Wii? If...
Magic, Rodman and more will school you
We recently got chance to play a little two-on-two with NBA Jam and came away a little dizzy but thoroughly entertained nonetheless. Although no fresh information was given during our hands-on time, a recent interview with the game's creative director Trey Smith has smashed the backboard of secrecy and set the NBA Jam information scoreboard on fire. Smith..
It’s on fire!
This is truly a golden age fans of remakes of classic gaming titles: Kirby, Donkey Kong, Mario and Sonic are all still rocking 2D like it’s 1994, and EA’s keen to get a piece of the two-dimensional pie with NBA Jam. A throwback to the classic basketball title of old, NBA Jam features the same two-on-two action as its predecessor,...
It's "incredibly cool" and "magical", you know
Just in case you thought the world had forgotten about 3DS since the newsplosion that was E3 2010, EA reminds you the machine is coming with a few choice words. The company's Chief Operating Officer, John Schappert, spoke to IndustryGamers and bestowed high praise on the machine, calling it "incredibly cool" and "magical". Mr..
Graffiti and driving: a natural combination
EA unveiled several upcoming games yesterday during the their Studio Showcase press conference, and while most of the announcements were related to HD consoles, PC and iPhone, the company slipped in a little sumthin'-sumthin' for DSiWare. Need for Speed: Nitro-X continues the Nintendo-exclusive spin-off series that started off on Wii and DS last November..
Friends list, sports updates and potentially even achievements
We already know that 3DS will include a WiiConnect24-like mode whereby users who carry their console around in sleep mode will still be able to interact with other consoles, exchanging information and downloading content anywhere they go. An interview with EA producer Ryan Stradling over at the Nintendo E3 Network seems to hint that the..
Football returns to Wii with single-player improvements
Last year's Madden NFL 10 for Wii was one of the series' best multiplayer entries yet, with the Showdown and Huddle-Up modes bringing casual gamers into the gridiron action quickly. Its single-player elements, sadly, were not quite so well-developed, but for this year's instalment EA is promising a far improved Franchise mode that it's calling..
Take that, watertight NDA!
As the head of one of EA, one of the world's largest publishers, John Riccitello is very much an Important Man in the games industry. That said, it's no surprise he's been able to have a look at Nintendo's upcoming 3DS, nor that he's unable to say much about it. What he can tell you, though is that it's cool. It’s like one of these things here where with Nintendo where..
Quizzes and preset houses for EA's life sim
On PC, The Sims games are sprawling simulators of life's big choices: ambitions, careers, a family and how to decorate your life in the most opulent fashion you can afford. The upcoming version of The Sims 3 on Wii will lose the last part as everybody's favourite chore simulator gets a refresh. A GamePro preview reveals that players will be unable to..
Last wizard adventure to come in two parts
We haven't yet had Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 to 4 but fans of the boy wizard and whichever-of-his-friends-you-still-think-is-alive needn't worry about getting short-changed on the magic happenings this year, with EA and Warner Bros. announcing two new Potter titles are on the way. Based on the final two films in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly..
See Wayne Gretsky hold it and smile
In a move that's caused someone, somewhere to curse why they didn't think of it first, the next NHL Slapshot game is coming to Wii complete with a very fetching mini hockey stick peripheral, as modelled by Wayne Gretsky and family here. As EA's first foray into Wii ice hockey you'd expect it to take on the more arcadey vibe of the company's other sporting titles..
With features old and new
Last season's Tiger Woods instalment offered gamers an intuitive and engaging golf game with very little to be disappointed at; and if you're not familiar with it, you can read our Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 review to find out why. Given all that the game has accomplished, what new features can EA implement this season? Let's find out as we go over some game details and soak..
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