Madden Not Coming to Wii U This Year

May 2, 2013 -

Here's some more bad news for Wii U owners that might also be Madden NFL game fans: you won't be getting the popular football franchise on your platform of choice this year, according to this Ars Technica story. More importantly, what does EA's decision not to support the Wii U with one of its biggest sports franchises say about the current perception of Nintendo's struggling console system?

"We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013," EA said in a statement to Nintendo World Report. "However, we have a strong partnership with Nintendo and will continue to evaluate opportunities for delivering additional Madden NFL products for Nintendo fans in the future."

Obviously no one believes the whole "we have a strong relationship with Nintendo" line from EA. The Wii U is being treated like an untested crowd-funded console at this point by one of the biggest third-party publishers in the world and that is something that the industry is going to pay attention to, not to mention fans who wanted to play Mario and Zelda games alongside Madden and other franchises from third-parties...

EA Madden 25 is currently set for release on the Xbox 360 and PS3 on August 27.

Source: Ars Technica


Comments

Re: Madden Not Coming to Wii U This Year

This is EA acting like a spoiled kid that didn't get what he wanted from Nintendo, so they are literally taking their ball and going home.  

I've read in multiple places (but sadly haven't been able to confirm/deny in either way yet so take it with a grain of salt) that part of EA's exclusive license agreement with the NFL was that they had to put the games on every console available otherwise there is a fine.  So I'm wondering how much this will cost them if this is true. 

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Re: Madden Not Coming to Wii U This Year

then EA wonders why people hate them so

"If it cannot break out of its' shell, the chick will die without being born... If we don't crack the world's shell, we'll die without being born. Smash the world's shell. For the Revolution of the world!"

Re: Madden Not Coming to Wii U This Year

"However, we have a strong partnership with Nintendo and will continue to evaluate opportunities for delivering additional Madden NFL products for Nintendo fans in the future."

Really?  You have more games coming to every console EXCEPT the Wii U than any other publisher.  I count 10.

  1. Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel
  2. Battlefield 4
  3. Crysis 3
  4. Dead Space 3
  5. FIFA 14
  6. Fuse
  7. Maden NFL 25
  8. Mass Effect Trilogy
  9. NCAA Football 14
  10. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14

Half of these are also coming to PC.

 

Andrew Eisen

 

Re: Madden Not Coming to Wii U This Year

Gotta love EA. They claim to have a strong relationship with Nintendo and at the same time refuse to release their most popular franchise on the console. 

 
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