Obviously there’s been a lot of talk about Nintendo and their future after CEO Satoru Iwata delivered the disastrous financial forecast. In that time, CVG writer Rob Crossley published a very interesting article about Nintendo that you should definitely read if you haven’t already. In the article Third-Party support comes up where a supposed EA employee had some harsh words for the Wii U platform.
“Nintendo was dead to us very quickly,” the employee said. “It became a kids IP platform and we don’t really make games for kids. 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.”
No names were given, but its a fair assessment. None of the games EA is releasing in 2014 are coming to the Wii U. The comments made here echo comments made last Summer when EA said they were not making games for Wii U anymore, though they later retracted that statement.
Now, EA COO Peter Moore has chimed in denying any of this. “Don’t trust ‘anonymous sources,’ he tweeted. “Nintendo’s a great partner. They never have been, and never will be, ‘dead’ to EA.”
Crossley responded back to Moore saying that it was an EA employee. Moore replied, “”I know where I, as the COO, and my company stands on this relationship, despite the comments of your anonymous source.”
It remains to be seen where EA truly stands. Huge games like Dragon Age: Inquisition, EA Sports UFC, Titanfall and Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will not be releasing on the Wii U. Sure, more games will be announced for 2014, but considering how none of EA’s franchises launched on the platform last year things don’t look too positive for the Wii U.