Submitted by mii-gamer 467d ago | opinion piece

Wii U doesn’t need EA when it has Ubisoft.

mii-gamer writes:

There has been a lot of conjecture surrounding the sour relationship between Nintendo and EA. Before the launch of the Wii U, a peculiar rumour emerged about a messy Origin deal gone wrong. Rumours are just rumours, and should never be considered true until officially confirmed. But the recent animosity of EA towards the Wii U, has me concerned that this rumour is in fact true. What happened to the unprecedented partnership that was announced at E3 2011? Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, and now Battlefield 4. It appears that most of EA’s big hitters will not be coming to the Wii U. (EA, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Wii U)

Jadedz  +   467d ago
I applaud Ubisoft for...
All the support they've been giving Nintendo lately, but to flat-out state that ''Nintendo doesn't need EA?'' I'm sorry, but I don't believe that for one second. Once the football exclusitivity is over with the NFL and EA, then it won't matter. Nintendo needs to establish a bond with 2K sports, Konami - basically developers with the right resources to make quality sport titles.
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CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   467d ago
"Well Said"

I agee.
Some people only by Consoles to play annual Sports title releases.

EA has more than Sports of course but they are kind of a bridge between Casual and HardCore ("cORE").

And like I have said before too:
The only way Nintendo is can overcome this is by convincing 2K that having no competition on the WiiU is a good thing.

The Developer for 2K NBA seemed pretty excited about his WiiU port. Hopefully the sales were good enough to warrant a second.
Winter47th  +   467d ago
"Wii U doesn’t need EA when it has Ubisoft"-s Ports.
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MikeMyers  +   467d ago
EA is still one of the largest publishers out there and Ubisoft doesn't really do racing games and sports. Tell that to Sega back in the day when Dreamcast was around.
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dedicatedtogamers  +   467d ago
The WiiU needs more than just EA. They need QUALITY. People have forgotten that when the Wii got 3rd-party support, the games were made by 2rd-string development teams. 3rd Party devs NEVER assigned their top-tier devs to the Wii, and the same thing is happening to the WiiU, seeing how a ton of 3rd party games aren't even coming out for the system.
Gamer1982  +   467d ago
Once nex gen comes out wii-u will get the b-rated EA games like with the wii-u what I mean by that is FIFA on the wii just flat out SUCKS compared to ps3/pc/360 versions. Due to lack of support as it has to be made separate. This will happen to most wiiu titles as they will be ports. Thats why in the end the WiiU will end up as a failure as its going to be full of ports.
SilentNegotiator  +   467d ago
Yech, another Nintendo fanboy site pretending to not want, or the system not need, games that they aren't getting.

If the damage control gets any more sad for the Wii U, I'll buy a million Wii Us in hope that these sites will shut up.

"Something happened! Something big happened, to cause such an enormous rift between Nintendo and EA"
The same "something" that happened to most of Nintendo's third parties...they left because Nintendo's third party support is terrible and they marketed their last system so much with the exercise stuff that people barely knew it had any other types of games (other than Mario), massive potential being lost to being one of history's best selling game consoles.
Blaze929  +   467d ago
"Wii U doesn’t need EA when it has Ubisoft."
I disagree. A system NEEDS all the support it can get. Especially EA.
minimur12  +   466d ago
was going to exactly say that. Ubi are a great company in my eyes. they supported the Vita heavily when it came out.
Donnieboi  +   467d ago
True story, though:
Uhhh, but Sony and MS have Ubisoft AND EA. It's not like Wii U gets Ubisofts games exclusively to cover the lack of EA games. Heck, ps3 and 360 straight up jacked Wii U for Rayman exclusivity.

Grasping for straws, are we not?
RTheRebel  +   467d ago
Omg Nintendo doesn't have EA my goodness now I can't play there boring/stale I mean Triple A games, oh well ;)
Rusty515  +   467d ago
Dead space? Dragon age? Crysis? Battlefield?
...Boring and stale? Are you kidding me?
dedicatedtogamers  +   467d ago
@ Rusty


Dead Space? Killed by DS3.
Dragon Age? Let's hope Bioware can do better than DA2 and ME3
Crysis? LOLZ
Battlefield? Probably their only solid franchise right now...
madjedi  +   466d ago
Well you can include alot of japanese third party support since many studios that released games this year, and didn't think porting to the wii u was worth the effort.

That is worse than western devs ignoring the wii u. But i am sure there is a spin on that as well.
Baka-akaB  +   467d ago
The point isnt to pretend that you dont like any EA games , hell even if you genuinely dont , you dont have a say in the matter anyway if EA ignore the console , unless you have a ps3 or 360 .

Lets not pretend having a choice isnt better than having none

And even if one wanna play the hipster than dont play blockbusters , financially between fifa and madden alone EA matters on any given console
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jcnba28  +   467d ago
This article is right Nintendo don't need EA, their games are rubbish anyways. I don't want micro-transactions and day 1 DLC on my Wii U. No thanks.
PooEgg  +   467d ago
The Wii had WiiWare games which included micro-transactions. The ones that come to mind are the Square-Enix My Life as Prince and My Life as Darklord games, and also that Harvest Moon WiiWare game. So even without EA I wouldn't be surprised to see micro-transactions and even Day 1 DLC pop up on the Wii U.

But as someone who hates the whole micro-transaction thing I do get your point.
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Jek_Porkins  +   467d ago
Did anyone else hear the rumor as to why Nintendo and EA aren't playing nice?

Well what I heard was that Nintendo actually went to EA and asked them to design their online service and servers, and EA agreed, but the problem turned out to be that EA would have ran all of Nintendo Network, sort of like Origin, and Nintendo wouldn't have seen any money out of the deal, so Nintendo backed out and that ticked off EA.

That is sort of the same thing that happened between Sony and Nintendo when Sony was making the CD add on for the Super Nintendo, the way the contract was set up, Sony would have gotten 100% of the profits for any CD based game, and would have been privy to Nintendo's first party titles, sort of how the Phillips CDI got to put out terrible Zelda and Mario games.

I think Nintendo needs to get EA on board, at least with some of the sports titles.
srood  +   467d ago
Nintindo need every third party developer as mach sony or microsoft need it
I dont think nintindo in good position right now , hope the show me why i should by wii u , for other games that is not mario and zilda this E3 :D
zugdar  +   467d ago
Ubisoft is win
Really, if you look at their total title run, they have been having a good mix of the cash-out sequels and new/fun content. Which can be a lot more than other big companies today.
HarryB  +   467d ago
Who the hell you kidding. No bf3 not bf4 no madden. Wii is like an advanced leap frog. Fuck outta here.
brave27heart  +   467d ago
Wii U fans should be demanding support from every third party, not making excuses as to why its ok one of the biggest publishing houses in the industry is lacking in support for your console.
NYC_Gamer  +   467d ago
That's not true because EA puts out way more software
Rageanitus  +   467d ago
Although Not many gamers like EA.... one thing for sure is EA sells alot of games.

With EA not supporting the WII U its pretty much a bad sign.
DFresh  +   467d ago
That's what Sega said too about not needing EA back when Dreamcast was around and now look what happened to that console.
Sad truth.
Brucis  +   467d ago
The sad truth was that Sega had multiple failed consoles and were up shit creek without a paddle financially. Had little to do with EA not giving their support.
Baka-akaB  +   466d ago
i had a lot with EA not giving support . The dreamcast was actually and initially a big success . It's a chain event of bad decision from sega , other consoles, and the Ea boycott that killed the console .
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Realplaya  +   467d ago
It's on EA you shouldn't expect for a company not to make money and give you all the proceeds from there console. But Nintendo isn't the only one being hurt in this. EA is missing out on money remember all the systems will be similar to develop for and there leaving money on the table.
NeoTribe  +   467d ago
Wow so now nintendo isnt gettin ea games.... Wii u is a disaster regardless if you like what ea makes or not. Hardly any third party support and now ea is tellin em to go f themselves. Hope you guys like mario......
delboy  +   467d ago
Anyone who bought a WiiU likes Nintendo games, that's the reason why they bought it in the first place.
Personally I don't care about 3rd party support, I have other platforms to play on, but it sucks if the WiiU is the only platform you own.
derrickdaniels569  +   467d ago
EA is on some dum shit ,they want UBISOFT role and make more games than anyone else but nintendo pick ubisoft ,and EA did not like it at all,I think Sony and xbox paid them not to make game for Wii u
InTheLab  +   467d ago
So basically the author is saying he'd rather game on a system with less games....again?

I don't buy EA anymore, but my reasons are my own. I don't expect everyone to feel the same. Those that could care less about the politics probably want more Battlefield, DA, ME, etc.
azshorty2003  +   467d ago
Oh yea, it has Ubisoft. A company that delayed a very big WiiU Exclusive so it could take it multiplat and cash in on the bigger install bases. Yea they're really the company for Nintendo.
BattleAxe  +   467d ago
"Wii U doesn’t need EA when it has Ubisoft."

Pretty dumb way of looking at things, the WiiU needs everything and anything it can get.

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