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EA Has No Wii U Games In Development

Jonathan Lester
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EA Has No Wii U Games In Development

EA's lack of confidence in the Wii U has been blatantly obvious over the last few months, and has lead them to completely abandon the platform for the time being.

“We have no games in development for the Wii U currently,” EA spokesperson Jeff Brown bluntly told Kotaku, leaving little to the imagination. He didn't rule out returning to the platform down the line - potentially after first-party titles reinvigorate sales - but for now, they'll plan to concentrate on PC, mobile, Sony and Microsoft consoles. This ties in with Crysis 3 skipping the Wii U due to "lack of business drive," and confirmation that Frostbite 3.0 won't run on Nintendo's youthful console (possibly meaning that Nintendo will miss out on all future Battlefield and even Star Wars titles).

Despite a rousing show of solidarity at Nintendo's E3 2011 press conference, EA released only four Wii U games (Madden 13, FIFA 13, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Mass Effect 3) before pulling their support. Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3 both failed to make an appearance on Wii U, and this latest statement is bound to send chills down a few investors' spines.

EA clearly aren't the only publisher wary of the Wii U's somewhat stagnant sales, which has lead to an incredibly sparse software lineup since the start of the year. Nintendo will need a strong E3 showing, some major first party titles and a much more aggressive marketing campaign - and some brisk sales, of course - to coax their fickle fair weather friends back to the fold.

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Quietus  May. 17, 2013 at 11:44

Sounds like the beginnings of a downward spiral for Nintendo.

Sales aren't great because there aren't many good games, and the machine is not 'new' enough.
Developers lose interest because sales aren't great, so fewer games are made.
Round and round we go.

I loved Nintendo for many years, but I can't help but feel that some form of demise is imminent. The way of SEGA, maybe?

mrflump  May. 17, 2013 at 12:18

I think Nintendo would these days be better served focusing on games and handheld as opposed to trying to stay in the living room space. I'd hate to see the demise of Nintendo, but Sega have done alright since leaving hardware and going into software and I honestly think Nintendo would be a massive success if they were to release games on third party consoles.

Certainly their handheld sales are doing okay although the 3DS is a bit hit and miss and more handheld software seems to be driven towards mobile now.

If Nintendo had any sense, they would focus their attentions on the new consoles and PC and get their games into more hands. The strength of Nintendo lies with their gaming IP, not their hardware.

Late  May. 17, 2013 at 16:18

I'd hate to see Nintendo leave the console market - despite the fact I didn't like the Wii and I have little or no interest in the U.

They have many shortcomings, but the main thing they bring to the table is they're innovators - they'll try new things while the opposition play it safe. And we need that, or else the technology/marketplace becomes staid.

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