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EA confirms: 'no games in development for the Wii U'

"We have no games in development for the Wii U currently." - EA spokesperson


EA spokesperson Jeff Brown confirmed to Kotaku that "we have no games in development for the Wii U currently."

The confirmation isn't entirely shocking, after EA announced that it had no plans to bring Madden NFL 25 to Nintendo's latest home console. However, the company said at the time that their relationship with Nintendo was "strong."

One reason for EA's absence on Nintendo's console could be the lack of Frostbite on the platform. With so many of EA's forthcoming titles using DICE's Battlefield engine, these games are unlikely to appear on Wii U.

Still, given EA's propensity for multi-platform releases, their lack of confidence in Wii U is quite remarkable. Third-parties haven't necessarily flocked to the platform, with the key exception of Ubisoft. It seems Nintendo is going to have to increase its outreach quite significantly if it wants to draw in more third-party support.

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    May 16, 2013 3:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, EA confirms: 'no games in development for the Wii U'.

    "We have no games in development for the Wii U currently." - EA spokesperson

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      May 16, 2013 3:06 PM

      That's ok, neither does anyone else.

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      May 16, 2013 3:09 PM

      They should change status on their FB page then to "Not in relationship".

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      May 16, 2013 8:34 PM

      And the strangulation of the Wii U continues. EA can make justifications about the "low install base" all they want, but they're not too dumb to realize that a big part of that is precisely BECAUSE the publishers are starving the system of content.

      No, I think there is some bad blood here between EA and Nintendo. We can only speculate as to why. Maybe EA's CEO is pulling for Nintendo to fail like most of the Shack seems to be.

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        May 16, 2013 8:38 PM

        Your first speculation is a poor one.

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        May 16, 2013 8:45 PM

        dunno. EA was pretty much the only major publisher with good support for the Wii (1) at launch, so this is kind of a 180 from the last time around.

        probably decided the returns didn't justify the effort after the last go-round?

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          May 16, 2013 11:50 PM

          They haven't been doing well financially either so they're probably not willing to take the risk.

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        May 16, 2013 8:50 PM

        so why did EA come out as a big Wii U supporter at/prior to launch?

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        May 16, 2013 9:09 PM

        This was a problem that Nintendo should have seen coming with slow launches of the 3DS and also the competitor the Sony Vita. Nintendo should have worked to secure more titles closer to the actual launch and they should have had more core franchise titles ready to go. If they couldn't they really should have delayed the system by a couple months to pad out the launch line up.

        The 3rd parties will make games when it proven they can make money doing it and really don't have a vested interest in growing a platform. It is Nintendo's job make the experience compelling for players.

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          May 17, 2013 3:54 AM

          I'm not so sure if a delay would have been a smart decision. They sold a majority of their consoles in the holiday season. So now they have a base of 5 million to work from instead of 1 or 2 million.

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        May 16, 2013 9:13 PM

        EA has no obligation to Nintendo, and it's Nintendo's job to foster that 3rd party relationship. The small install base combined with poor efforts by Nintendo to foster that relationship is a bad combo.

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        May 16, 2013 9:20 PM

        they are pulling a dreamcast.

        also, fuck them for helping to ruin the dreamcast.

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        May 16, 2013 11:14 PM

        I don't think most of the shack is looking for them to fail so much as knowing when something is dead in the water.

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        May 17, 2013 4:00 AM

        I'm not looking for it to fail, but there are no games that make me want to buy it.

        And the games that WOULD make me buy it are all Nintendo properties, so it has nothing to do with publishers ...

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      May 16, 2013 8:50 PM

      Dreamcast 2.0. Fuck EA.

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      May 16, 2013 8:53 PM

      * D R E A M C A S T ' D *

      Which is funny in context, because Peter Moore was the President and COO of Sega America when the Dreamcast was killed off. And Jeff Gerstmann was on the john during that conference call.

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        May 16, 2013 10:41 PM

        Haha, I remember when Jeff was talking about that. Hilarious.

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      May 16, 2013 8:57 PM

      EA is working with NEXTGEN consoles only I guess.

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        May 16, 2013 9:15 PM

        I think this is more the case. They just don't want to make current gen (what will soon be current gen, 720 and PS4), and crappy looking last gen versions for the same game at the same time.

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          May 16, 2013 9:16 PM

          If they could be sure they would make money doing it, they would do it in a heartbeat.

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            May 16, 2013 11:42 PM

            *gasp* You mean companies want to make profit?! Perish the thought!

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      May 16, 2013 9:19 PM

      I wonder if Nintendo is working on their next system and writing this one off as a loss. I mean they aren't even doing a live press conference at E3 this year.

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        May 17, 2013 3:52 AM

        This is what they did with he Virtual Boy, but I'm pretty sure they have a lot more riding on the WiiU than they did the Virtual Boy.

        It's starting to look like the best the WiiU can hope for is a Gamecube-like position in the market. Selling enough to keep the company afloat, but not making any serious cash.

        This E3 is going to be interesting. The price of the next PS and Xbox are going to decide whether there is a place for the WiiU in the market, and even if there is a place for it, whether the PS3 and 360 stay on the market as the "value" version can also cut into the WiiU's share.

        Please don't die Nintendo.

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          May 17, 2013 4:01 AM

          Nintendo isn't going anywhere. They still control the handheld market, and even without third party support, they've managed to survive just fine in the past.

          Granted, I'd love to see them out of the console game and put their IP on say, a Sony system, but that's never going to happen.

          At this point, I just wish Monolithsoft wasn't Nintendo-only and that Bayonetta 2 wasn't exclusive.

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            May 17, 2013 11:09 AM

            Control the handheld market? I'm pretty sure that particular honor has fallen to Apple, at this point.

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      May 17, 2013 3:58 AM

      Can Nintendo go ahead and drop the price of the system now? MAYBE then I'll buy one.

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      May 18, 2013 8:48 PM

      Nintendo said "No" to having Origin placed on the Wii U which would have handed online gaming on EA titles over to EA as well as updates and DLC options.

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      May 19, 2013 11:12 AM

      Sounds like EA wants something from Nintendo.

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