EA Rep Says Nintendo ‘Dead To Us’; COO Peter Moore Refutes Claim

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EA Nintendo Dead to Us

As we’ve detailed several times over the past year or so, Nintendo needs to right the ship. However, what recent sales number for the Wii U have shown is that Nintendo needs to do so quicker than they might be capable of. The Wii U is on a steep downward decline, and yet again the future of Nintendo as a hardware and a software company is called into question.

While there are some solutions to Nintendo’s problems, including a big showing at E3 2014, it appears Nintendo is alone in their quest to turn things around. Third party support is slowly, or in some cases quickly, waning.

In fact, third part support from certain publishers, namely Electronic Arts, was lost almost from launch. As one EA source tells CVG, the company was “dead to us very quickly.” The anonymous source continues by saying the Battlefield and Dragon Age publisher saw Nintendo’s platforms as focused exclusively on kids games, and EA, according to this source, is not really in the business of making games for kids.

“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.”

But not so fast: EA’s COO Peter Moore was quick to respond with this message:

This isn’t the first time a publisher has sent mixed messages — it’s not even a first for EA with regards to Nintendo — but clearly there’s a disconnect. Oftentimes an anonymous source speaks a little more candidly than a big-time executive, but any anonymous representative’s comments should always be taken with a grain of salt.

That being said, EA hasn’t been a sterling example when it comes to Nintendo third party support. Many of their biggest releases have skipped the platform, and those games that do make it to the Wii U are pared down in some fashion.

Still, considering the sales numbers for the Wii U it’s no surprise that Electronic Arts has been cautious about developing games for Nintendo’s platform. In a business as big as video games there is little room for risks, even small ones. Unfortunately, as we’ve said before, that’s the double-edged sword Nintendo has to deal with: sales are down because there aren’t many games and there aren’t many games because sales are down.

Do you think there is some truth to claims Nintendo is “dead” to EA? How do you think Nintendo could increase third party support?

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Source: CVG, Peter Moore – Twitter

TAGS: Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Wii U

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  1. People who say the WiiU is “only for kids” annoy the hell out of me. Just because nintendo’s games aren’t ultra-realistic-looking, gore-spattered, sex-filled, gritty action shooters, it doesn’t mean they are made for kids. Take 3D World for example. That game is crazy hard once you get far enough into it, nothing a little kid could complete.

    • Exactly. One of my favorite survival horror games in years was on the WiiU, ZombieU was fantastically under rated.

    • Take a look at the current game library for the console and think again why its considered a kids console.

      • agreed. nintendo has always had their fair share of adult games. However, a good chunk of them are made for kids and only a handful of are rated for the adult audience. Yes zombi u was a good game but that would be fishing for a good game. As far as the survival horror game genre goes zombiu was a dud.

        The problem with nintendo games is the stories for the flagship titles are stale and easy to understand and generally geared towards kids. How much have the super mario bros games REALLY changed since the first one? Hardly at all. and the wii u wont be successful when you release 4 mario games in less than a year. (luigi u is mario) not to mention the 3? we got on 3ds. im f***ing sick of mario.

        Theres multiple issues nintendo needs to fix. first off is the identity crisis. they need to establish themselves as something and focus on one market. You cant please the whole world

        • luigi is not mario!mario is not even in it just his hat.
          same rehash huh how bout these rehashs cod,halo,bf,final fantasy,gods of war,every systems remakes the same hit titles man get real buy thesystem it will change ur mind on gaming wit the pad no bs.
          as for online gaming leave that to pc my compiter laughs at xbox and sony mmofps,mmorpg f2p all day console fps is trash.

        • hey, it was more of a survival horror game than recent Resident Evil games

      • looking at the superior looking version of CoD black ops 2, ZombiU, Resident Evil Revelations, UNepic, Deus X, Zelda Windwaker HD, Warriors Orochi, Earthbound, Metroid, Wii’s library including No More Heroes 1 and 2, Onichanbara Bikini Zombie Slayer, Madworld… and many more great “Mature or difficult GAMES. I do not see your point.

        • That’s a lot of games that I don’t think sold very well.

          I think it comes down to the casual gamer, who goes to a retailer and looks at a console’s selection. They will see very few games geared towards adults because the retailers tend to position the Wii U as kid or family friendly.

      • What? There are more rated M games on the Wii U then E OR T. One google would have answered that, moron…

    • the two biggest groups of people who play Wii U/ Nintendo games are people 20-30 and 5-10 so basically people who grew up on SNES and n64 and kids. then 10-20 group grew up on the Ps2 and xbox and played the mindless fast paced games like COD and Halo and the slower plat former/puzzle games were “boring to them”

      • I’m 19 and I grew up on the end of the snes and the n64 and I fail to understand why people like halo and cod so much. Halo is nothing but jump and shoot, and cod isn’t much better. And there isn’t much on the Wii u that I’ve seen that looks amazing. The biggest things that I’ve seen are super smash bros. And the new donkey Kong that’s coming. Then again there’s only a couple of games on the other consoles that even look interesting as well.

  2. Lets be honest, most people buy Nintendo platforms for Nintendo games. I bought a 3DS in anticipation of Pokemon X and Y. I would buy a Wii U if there were some Nintendo exclusives other than Super Mario Brothers. Where is my Super Smash Brothers, where is my Metroid, where is my Legend of Zelda? All missing. The only third party game to ever do well on a Nintendo console was 007: Golden Eye for the 64. Nobody wants pared down third party games and pointless entries like Mario and Sonic at the Olympics. Its sad when the most recognizable title for your console is Pikmin 3. How about next time we don’t rush the console thinking people want the platform when the platform isn’t worth a damn if it doesn’t have anything to play on it.

    • The PS4 and Xbone have nothing I’d be interested in playing on them either. There is nothing announced for the forseeable future that I’d be interested in that isn’t a better looking version of things past. So far. NOTHING available or coming in the next year or 3. WiiU has a new Zelda, a Zelda and Warriors series crossover, Mario Kart, Smash Brothers and even Donkey Kong to look forward to in the coming year or 2. There is also a Fire Emblem crossover. Lots of Indie games that look fun, like Shovel Knight and the recent UNepic which is amazing so far.

  3. It is for kids, and kids are a legitimate market for video games to go after. I don’t know why, after we all grow out of our childhoods, we have to turn on Nintendo. If EA had any foresight, they’d do more with Nintendo, since a Nintendo is usually the first system a future lifetime gamer ever gets.

  4. For the record the wii was not do so well towards gamers, but was actually the most financially successful console out of the three.

    Also this is coming from the company that was voted two years in a row as the “worst company in America.” So it really should be taken with a grain of salt.

  5. it’s ok, EA has been “dead to us” for at least 2 years now.

  6. I was an avid supporter of Nintendo until the Wii. I bought one to play Zelda, then sold it when I found a sports game I purchased was effectively a port from the same Gamecube title.

    Nintendo stopped marketing to me with the Wii.

    As a result I can only hope they continue to fail in the platform arena, and turn to strictly publishing. Nintendo has great IP’s that I would love to play, but not until they choose to compete for my business.

    EA is making the right decision by not supporting the Wii U. Not for my selfish reasons, but because there’s no added value to EA.

    • I’ve heard the Wii u isn’t a terrible console, and actually doesn’t seem to handle that badly, and the games look unique. The only reason I haven’t picked it up is it’s still a little pricey, which is surprising, considering the price drops.

      • I just think its stupid that the wii-U is pretty much a upgraded wii. I mean i want one and if I had the money id get it, Wii exclusives are the bomb.

  7. EA is focused on games that become big game franchises? I’m sorry after losing their ceo, battlefield 4 failure, dragon age 2 failure, dead space 3 failure, and many others.

    I not sure EA is in the business to make money at all.

  8. Was Wii U’s ME3 really a “solid effort”? I don’t remember seeing much interesting about it when I looked into it, and iirc they didn’t even release it with any of the DLC aside from extended cut. I guess it may have been solid in terms of the porting, though.

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