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  • News EA Is Considering Bringing More Games to Nintendo Switch

    Wouldn't that be something?

    At least for the time being, it seems that Nintendo has got a really good thing going with the Switch. The hybrid console has been posting some impressive numbers lately, and reception around it has been quite positive, from both a consumer and developer standpoint. Still, it seems like major third party companies are...




  • News More Details Emerge On EA's Cancelled 3DS Title MySims Friends

    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...

  • News EA Had Plans To Create Its Own Pokémon Competitor


    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...


  • News EA's Peter Moore: We've Never Said We Won't Develop For Nintendo

    "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...

  • News EA Talks Possible Plans for NX

    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...

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  • Rumour EA And Nintendo Looking To Rekindle "Unprecedented Partnership" On NX

    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...


  • News EA CFO Explains Why the Company Doesn't Make Wii U Games Anymore

    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...


  • News EA Cancelled Wii U SimCity Title Before The Foundations Could Be Laid

    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...







  • News EA: Being Voted The Worst Company In America Was "A Wake Up Call"

    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...


  • News EA Executive: Shigeru Miyamoto is 'Falling Down on the Job'

    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...

  • News FIFA 14 on 3DS is Officially Just a Kit and Roster Update

    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...



  • News EA: Frostbite 3 On Wii U "Not Impossible"

    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...


  • News EA Outlines Its Reasons for Lack of Wii U Support

    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...

  • News EA: We're Not Writing Off Wii U

    "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...

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

    "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,

  • News FIFA 14 Is Coming To Nintendo Consoles After All - Except The Wii U

    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...

  • News EA Has No Publicly Announced Wii U Games Planned For Fall

    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...


  • News Need For Speed Rivals Not Screeching Onto Wii U

    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 on...

  • News Rewind, EA Is In Fact Developing Games For The Wii U

    Um, what?

    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...

  • News FIFA 14 is Skipping Wii U Because of "Disappointing" FIFA 13 Sales

    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

  • News Senior EA Employee Caught Out Criticising Wii U On Twitter

    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...

  • News EA Currently Has No Games In Development For The Wii U

    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,...

  • News EA Developing Frostbite Engine For Mobile, But Not Wii U

    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...

  • News EA Not Kicking Out Any Details On A FIFA 14 Release For Wii U

    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


  • News EA Announcing More FIFA 14 News Tomorrow

    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. FIFA...

  • Talking Point Nintendo Should Make EA Co-operation a Priority

    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...


  • News EA CEO John Riccitiello Resigns

    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...

  • Rumour EA Looking into Taking on More Sports Franchises

    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,...

  • News Crytek: Crysis 3 Was "Very Close To Launching" On Wii U

    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...


  • News EA Plans For a Future With Micro-Transactions in All Games

    "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,...

  • News Tiger Woods Is Skipping The Wii U This Year

    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...


  • News FIFA Brand Passes £1 Billion in UK Sales

    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...

  • News Need For Speed: Most Wanted Screeching On North American Wii U Consoles March 19th

    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...

  • News Wii U Version Of Need For Speed: Most Wanted Will Feature Off-Screen Play

    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...



  • News Go for Goal with These FIFA 13 Wii U Shots

    Golden boots

    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:...

  • News Wii U's Madden NFL 13 is Only Coming Out in North America


    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...

  • Talking Point Another Look at the News - 3rd August

    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...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Set to Launch Alongside Wii U

    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,...

  • News Madden NFL 13 Gets Tactical on Wii U


    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...

  • News FIFA 13 is a Wii U Launch Title

    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...

  • News EA's Summer Showcase May Feature Wii U

    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

  • News EA is Watching Wii U Closely

    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...


  • News FIFA Producer: Wii U Potential is "Pretty Exciting"


    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...

  • News FIFA 13 3DS Takes to the Streets

    Curb stomping

    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


  • Reaction What Happened to EA and Nintendo's Unprecedented Partnership?

    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 involve;...

  • E3 2012 Watch EA's Press Conference Here


    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...


  • Feature Why EA and Nintendo's Partnership Is Big News

    Crowd pleaser

    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...

  • Feature The Full E3 2012 Schedule

    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...


  • News Peter Moore Bigs Up Wii U's Online Functions Again

    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...

  • News Nintendo Can Recover From Loss, says EA Vice President

    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...


  • News EA Pledges "Key Franchises" to Wii U

    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...


  • News Horse Around with This Sims 3 Pets Trailer

    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...

  • News EA Totally Confident in Wii U Online Functions

    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...

  • News Kicking Off With Some FIFA 12 Wii Details

    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..

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