Electronic Arts has been laying it on Nintendo real thick as of late, with things coming to a head when the publisher revealed they had zero Wii U games in development. EA then took a bad thing and made it worse when Software Engineer Bob Summerwill called the Wii U “crap,” and labeled Nintendo the “walking dead.”
Now it seems EA is doing a little bit of back tracking — finding a way to keep the loyal Nintendo fan base on their side while still pushing a next-gen agenda. In fact, as it turns out, claims that the company doesn’t have any Wii U games in development are untrue.
To be fair, the number of Wii U games Electronic Arts is working on pales in comparison to the number of PS4 and Xbox One titles the publisher has in development. This is according to EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen, who said the Wii U isn’t so much a next-gen console, as it is an extension of what Nintendo was doing with the Wii.
“You know, I think Nintendo’s business was more [an] extension of their last console. I think what the consumer will find is a lot more powerful gameplay with the new boxes that are coming out, and a lot of excitement, but it’ll remain to be seen as to the services associated with those as to how consumers decide which direction they might want to go.”
Clearly, Jorgensen is more intrigued by the PS4 and Xbox One’s potential, but his company is not giving up on the Wii U just yet. EA Sports, on the other hand, appears to be pulling Wii U support altogether, as they recently announced Madden NFL 25 would be skipping Nintendo’s new console.
With EA no longer playing next-gen favorites, we have to wonder why the mixed signals? Why did EA spokesman Jeff Brown say his company currently has no Wii U games in development?
Whether or not Brown misspoke is something we will likely never discover, but either way Electronic Arts appears to be doing some damage control post-Xbox One reveal. They may not have any Wii U exclusives in development, but perhaps EA is planning Wii U ports of their upcoming games. They would have to be non-Frostbite 3 games, of course, as DICE’s engine does not run on Nintendo’s hardware.
Even so, Nintendo fans didn’t seem all that bothered by EA’s lack of support. In fact, most fans are laser-focused on discovering what Nintendo has cooking for the next year.
Are you happy to learn Electronic Arts actually has some Wii U games in development? Why do you think EA was sending out mixed messages?