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FIFA 14 Not Coming To Wii U

Matt Gardner
EA, FIFA 14, Nintendo, Sad times, Wii U

FIFA 14 Not Coming To Wii U

Just to reinforce the point, when EA said they had no games in the pipeline for the Wii U, they meant it.

Despite FIFA 13 being a launch release for Nintendo's rather lonely console, EA have confirmed that there'll be no FIFA 14 for Nintendo fans.

"Six months ago FIFA 13 was a launch title on Wii U," an EA spokesperson told Eurogamer. "Although the game featured FIFA's award-winning HD gameplay and innovative new ways to play, the commercial results were disappointing. We have decided not to develop FIFA 14 on Wii U."

It;ll be the same story with the Madden franchise too.

"We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013," EA said. "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."

We're not entirely sure what language EA think they're speaking in, but in plain English, the phrase "strong partnership" doesn't exactly equate to hastily abandoning a platform and taking several of the largest IPs in gaming away from a struggling console.

We'd rather point towards the hastily deleted tweets of the company's senior software engineer, Bob Summerwill, who loudly and proudly proclaimed Nintendo's latest console to be "crap" and suggested that Nintendo should have "done a SEGA" and just decided to focus on software.

No, he certainly didn't say any of those things on behalf of EA. But, let's be honest, that thought has crossed all of our minds too, and it's far more honest than any hilariously non-existent "strong partnership".

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Anarchist  May. 21, 2013 at 08:41

Bobs comments were pretty much spot on. There is almost no reason to own a Wii u. It's predecessor at least filled a gap in the market inbetween generations, and bought a new control system to the table, but the U brings nothing besides as slightly fancy (but unwieldy) controller.

Nintendo attempted to recreate their previous success by beating the others to the table. Unfortunately for them people aren't so easily mislead - instead of being a year early to the next generation, they are just eight years late to this one.

MattGardner  May. 21, 2013 at 09:22

I agree. Nintendo have completely failed to communicate why people ought to be buying a Wii U. The GamePad looks like a peripheral attachment for the Wii; the Wii Mini looks more like a "new console" than the actual Wii U; the games so far seem at best to be on a par with 360/PS3 titles in terms of appearances. You need extra storage, which nixes the appeal of convenience; there are only one or two games currently out (and it's been six months since launch) actually worth buying and most of them are niche titles.

Don't even get me started on the latest Nintendo Direct...


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