EA Abandons Wii U Completely

Say the name of an Electronic Arts title you'd like to see come to the Wii U. Okay, now let me break the bad news to you as gently as I can: There are no games from Electronic Arts coming to the Wii U in the foreseeable future. Not one title. Not even a Sims game.

"We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," company spokesperson Jeff Brown told Kotaku yesterday.

While Brown did not rule out the possibility of EA developing games for the Wii U again, it looks like the publisher just doesn't want to spend its resources on developing on a platform that (it sees as) not selling up to expectations at this point.

That same Kotaku report also points out that the relationship between EA and Nintendo was a lot stronger prior to the Wii U's launch. At E3 2011 Nintendo ended its press conference with Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata on stage with (now former) CEO John Riccitiello, who said at the time that "What Nintendo's new console delivers speaks directly to the players of EA Sports and EA Games. Nintendo's new console will produce brilliant high-definition graphics and new gameplay opportunities. We look forward to seeing great EA content on this new platform."

What a sea change for EA who went from enthusiastically supporting Nintendo's console two years ago to simply giving up on it completely. It revealed earlier in the year that the next iterations of its big sports franchises like Madden and the next game in the top selling Battlefield franchise would not be making their way to Wii U either. While EA seems to have completely abandoned the console, the company is not the only publisher being selective on what it will release for Wii U; Activision has no plans to bring the next Call of Duty to Wii U, and Grand Theft Auto V was announced for Sony's and Microsoft's next-gen consoles.. but not for Wii U.

Source: Kotaku

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Pretty much.

    I got Super Metroid on my Wii U recently, part of that 30 year anniversary thing ,and it plays exactly the same as it did on the SNES, just an extra screen, which I wish I coukd turn off for VC play.


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    Robert W. says:

    I saw the nintendo state of the console presentation they released today or at least half of it.

    As far as I could tell 90% of it was focused on the super mario brothers olympic sports game and how they have realistic snow on the Wii U! I just shook my head and I understood why they aren't doing well. They're completely out of touch with reality.

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    Zen says:

    How is the Wii U "new controller mechanics"?  People know how to use and completely understand touch screens from tablets and smart phones, and the other sticks and buttons match the other consoles. With the Wii people complained it wasn't enough…now they say it's too much?  

    If they chose to not do anything fancy, they can simply just have it work for off-tv play.  Just like the DS originally, Nintendo isn't forcing developers to use every feature unless they want to.  Choice is key here.

    Nintendo has shown a number of good ways to use the GamePad for different controls along with people using them to match the 360/PS3 ones.  I've been impressed with how the GamePad functions for a number of the games I have already. I like that even Nintendo themselves isn't requiring just one control scheme…like what they showed of Pikmin 3 today where you could use the GamePad only, GamePad with Wii-Remote & Nunchuck, or just use the Pro Controller.  It was your call. 

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    Neeneko says:

    This was probably the wrong time to introduce something with new controller mechanics.  The industry has become increasingly conservative in regards to 'make it behave like other successful games' and the console does not really add much else to make it work developing for.

    Now, if Nintendo gets its act together and puts together some first party titles that get consumers excited about the new input method then maybe,….

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    IanC says:

    Erm, new Call of Duty is coming out on the Wii U.



    Thing with this EA situation is that they havent used dropped the Wii U, but theres seemingly nothing announced for the 3DS either. So it cant just be sales of the Wii U. Its deeper than that.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    As some have pointed out, this might have less to do with the hardware than it does with Nintendo not letting EA control their store using Origin.

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