Update: EA COO Peter Moore took to Twitter to say that one should not trust anonymous sources:
" Don’t trust 'anonymous sources.' Nintendo's a great partner. They never have been, and never will be, ‘dead’ to EA…"
The author of the CVG story, Rob Crossely, had a brief exchange with Moore, noting that the "anonymous source" was an "EA one."
Original Story: When Nintendo fans claim that EA has been engaged in a conspiracy to hurt the Wii U, there may be a dash of truth to it, if you believe this CVG report that taps a source inside EA.
The unnamed source claims that the Wii U was "dead to EA" shortly after it launched, calling it a "kids IP platform."
"Nintendo was dead to us very quickly," the EA source told CVG when asked about the publisher’s quick abandonment of the Wii U shortly after it launched.
"It became a kids IP platform and we don't really make games for kids, " the source added. "That was pretty true across the other labels too. Even the Mass Effect title on Wii U, which was a solid effort, could never do big business, and EA like Activision is only focused on games that can be big franchises."
While the publisher did release a few titles for the system at its launch (Mass Effect, Need For Speed, Madden), it would later decide not to release any games on the platform going forward. Big games like Madden, Battlefield, and a whole line-up of EA Sports titles were marked down as DOA (as Andrew Eisen's ongoing list of games – including many big EA titles – "not for Wii U"). Obviously a major publisher saying that it doesn't see a platform as viable hurts the platform and indicates to other publishers that there maybe be financial risks in developing AAA games for it.
The comments are part of a CVG feature called "Nintendo must reinvent itself."