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Submitted by jcnba28 1009d ago | opinion piece

EA’s Unprecedented Partnership with Nintendo and Other Fairy Tales

Jonathan Suedmeyer - Ricard Julianti’s third opinion piece looks at the fable that is EA, and how the company is full of lies, deceit, and BS.

EA recently came out and said, “We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013. However, we have a strong partnership with Nintendo and will continue to evaluate opportunities for developing additional Madden NFL products for Nintendo fans in the future.”

Madden is one of the biggest sports IP’s in the industry today, along with NCAA Football and FIFA, yet EA isn’t developing a version for the Wii U. We have no official word on NCAA and FIFA yet, but all signs are pointing to those not arriving on Nintendo’s console either. If you have several multi-million dollar franchises, isn’t releasing them on everything available the smart thing to do? Especially if you have a strong partnership with one of the oldest gaming companies still in existence? Something here strikes me as…..odd. (Battlefield 4, Crysis 3, Dice, EA, Nintendo, Wii U)

zerocrossing  +   1010d ago
Interesting, I was wondering why EA wasn't planning on releasing any of their up and coming games on the Wii U, looks like we mite know why that's the case now.
showtimefolks  +   1009d ago
Yeh lets hate on EA, I for one like them because unlike a lot of big publishers they actually try new things and game some risks

Their partners program is great for independent developers

But if you have been gaming for 15 plus years than you know 2 things for sure

EA likes Sony a lot since original playstation, their relationship with Nintendo has always been bad

Nintendo home consoles are bought for 1st and 2nd party titles, you don't buy a Nintendo home system to play 3rd party games that's insane

EA few E3's also promised support for wiiu but than the system came out and did quite poorly, now they see the specs for ps4 and future Xbox system and look at wiiu as an obsolete device and their thinking isn't Wong say whatever you want but Nintendo systems don't sell 3rd party games as well as their own exclusives

I am tired of hating on wiiu but I mean come on, didn't Nintendo learn anything from ps3-xbox360?

Where is their online structure? Didn't they lean from start of PSN and an established service like xblive? Why do we have to start from scratch again with anther system? Why couldn't Nintendo look at offerings of other system and at the very least match those from day one?

Also why were the actual specs of the system better? Did Nintendo really expect to compete with future playstation and Xbox With a console that was barely better than the current systems?

Nintendo wanted core audience with HD console offering and casuals With gamepad which resembled iPad but in the end atleast fun until now they haven't been able to get either side to really get on board

CD Project
Crysis developer

Are some of the main publishers developers who won't be supporting wiiu anytime soon.

Say whatever you want about EA but they own a lot of development teams and control a lot of IP's so they are very important to gaming industry, now we may not agree WTH a lot of things or their practices but they also do some things right
zerocrossing  +   1009d ago
I disagree, EA is one of the "worst" publishers in the history of the gaming industry.

Pretty much every new and innovative IP they buy up ends up getting watered down, casualised and/or just plain bastardised in order to appeal to the masses, Fifa, Dead Space, Mass Effect, The Sims, Rock Band and Assassins creed to name just a few, each one of these game franchises has suffered a bitter demise purely due to EA's crapy business ethics that put maximising profits ahead of creating enjoyable quality gaming experiences that appeal to the core fanbase.

EA is under no obligation to develop for the Wii U but I'm sick to death of hearing all the rumours and misinformation being spread as to why they suddenly chose not too, EA knew well ahead of any of us what the Wii U could and could not do, if they had issue with the console being under powered they would have taken that into consideration before announcing that they intend to start development of their games for the Wii U.

It's more than likely that the Wii U's online infer-structure conflicted with EA's pursuit to incorporating DRM into their next gen games, so they decided to opt out of developing for the Wii U and make up some BS to justify it.
3-4-5  +   1009d ago
They try things? like what?
ThaBlackBaron  +   1010d ago
This article is the 100% truth! ea is full of $h*t!
jcnba28  +   1009d ago
This is ridiculous, EA blatantly lied to everyone's face at E3 2011.
miyamoto  +   1009d ago
So did Nintendo with their empty promise of EA partnership. Its them who made that showing.
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MasterCornholio  +   1009d ago
Well Nintendo made a lot of promises with the Wii U and so far they havent been able to keep them.

For example Nintendo promised future Wii U owners that the PS4 and the 720 would be similar in spec to the Wii U. Nintendo also promised that the system would receive heavy first party support from the first day that it releases. And Nintendo promised that the Wii U would be swarmed with games from 3rd parties.

They broke their promise on the systems power, heavy first party support at launch and so far it doesn´t appear that the Wii U will have a strong library of 3rd party games.

Im pretty sure that Microsoft and Sony will make some promises and break them like all console manufacturers but the promises that Nintendo broke are quite severe and can be considered another case of false marketing. Like what Randy Pitchford did with Aliens Colonial Marines for example.
Realplaya  +   1009d ago
So it's Nintendos fault that they can't force a developer to release there games that were promised on the system?

@ MasterCornholio what lie did they tell? they went after third parties who at the time were applauding the system. The system is as powerful as they said it it is also they can't force a developer to give us games unless they pay them to release a game that might not sale.
Magnus  +   1009d ago
Wow EA really blew smoke up the consumers ass with the Wii-U promises. I think EA should have released the Mass Effect trilogy on the Wii-Uthen the sales figures wouldn't be so low. Honestly I bought Mass Effect 3 for $20 new and bought Mass Effect 1 on the PSN I finished Mass Effect 2 on PS3 saw no need to re buy it. Lets just hope EA pull their head out of their ass and begin holding hands with Nintendo again and play in the sandbox again. EA not tapping the Wii-U with games does hurt the fans but releasing shotty versions of games also hurts the fans.
Baka-akaB  +   1009d ago
Even with the trilogy instead , the mere fact that it ran as badly , framratewise than its other consoles counter part is a nail in the coffin imo .

The added stuff wasnt even appealing to boot . a map really ? When most times the landscape is a two forked corridor and you'd rather not constantly be reminded of that ?

Gimmick touch stuff and weapons muffled sound coming from the pad ?
mii-gamer  +   1009d ago
Great article. The truth should come out soon
rickmodus  +   1009d ago
WOW!!!! and all of a sudden the Trolling went from a ton to zero. Haters need to get their facts straight before trolling on Nintendo.
jameson12345  +   1009d ago
I hope others in the industry see what is happening like this. EA is starting to make me regret ever buying any games from it, and now I'm really reconsidering buying any others from them again. It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth, because EA (at least the management at EA) only really cares about money, and controlling everything.
Nodoze  +   1009d ago
GABRIEL1030  +   1009d ago
Games recicled like New Super Mario Bros sold 1,71 millions of copies and great games like Mass Effect 3 only sold 50.000 copies on WiiU; far from the great sales of PS3/360. Not more new games for Nintendo WiiU isnt EA's fault, are the same Nintendo users that are prefering the classics games over the new products. EA lost a lot of money with the port of ME and also Activision with COD Black Ops 2 only sold 110.000 units.
bobacdigital  +   1009d ago
How many copies of a port of Mass Effect and Blackops did they really expect to sell with a growing user base?

The Wii U has sold roughly 3.4M units... Games like Halo 3 and Blackops on the 360 sold roughly 11-13M worldwide LIFETIME.. that is just over 14% of an install base of 80M... Did they really expect to sell PORTS of existing games to 14% of the 3.4M Wii U base? Everyone knows that that COD is a STAPLE on the 360 and ps3 and if anyone was going to buy it to play with friends they were only going to get it on those systems..

Third Parties need to start putting EFFORT into creating content rather than trying to make a quick buck and go at it with half the effort. It didnt cost them much to put these games on the Wii U since they were already developed.... They used the same assets and just added tablet support to the mix.

What you put into a project is going to be exactly what you get out of it.
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GABRIEL1030  +   1009d ago
Need For Speed most wanted for WiiU is the best version of the game and was rated a score of 9.0 (IGN) and the sales were dissapointing; only 20.000 units were sold. In contrast, the PS Vita version was rated with a lower score of 7.5 (IGN) and sold 320.000 copies (source Vg chartz). How can you explain that?

The Nintendo players do not want to support third parties games and later they complain. Mario Bross for WiiU sold 2 millions of copies, then these are the types of the games for the WiiU, because is the market response, not the will of the companies.
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bobacdigital  +   1009d ago
You cant compare the sales of a portable to the sales of a console that is how I can explain it. How do you explain that the 3DS is CRUSHING the Vita in sales when the 3DS is considered the inferior product from a technology standpoint? I am not going to argue that the demographics of a Nintendo system are different than other consoles because we all know they are.

Third parties need to start pushing themselves to create content that will sell on the system rather than hoping a port of a popular franchise on another console will succeed.
n4f  +   1008d ago
c'mon son please explain to me why ea cancel FINISHED project even promoting them and at the last minute cancel it.
im wont even be surprise if some of the so call gaming journalist don't even work for EA and write doom and gloom article for Wiiu
kassler  +   1009d ago
It takes two to tango.
Benjaminkno  +   1009d ago
Dead Space was my favorite franchise.
Now it's name is all that it is... :(
n4f  +   1008d ago
R.I.P im sorry to hear
ThePsychoGamer  +   1008d ago
Really? EA may be a terrible company, but if you actually look at all the facts, you will see their anger toward Nintendo over the origin thing is completely justified.

Sorry to say this, Nintendo isn't as innocent as people like to make it seem.
bobacdigital  +   1008d ago
What EA was trying to do to Nintendo was no different than what Microsoft was doing to computer manufactures back in the 90s like Dell and HP when they wanted them NOT to include Netscape on their hardware because it created competition for Internet Explorer...

How hard is this to understand EA wanted full control of content,pricing, and network for items operating on Origin.. If they had that these Eshop sales wouldn't exist as you see them now.. Not to mention EA would control the Nintendo Network infrastructure.. If you are a computer gamer you fully understand how bad Origin is and how laggy their network is..

Nintendo used a partnership with EA to help build their network when they couldn't come to terms on Origin..That happens in a lot of partnerships and it isn't like EA cant make money off of games on their network... How can you even believe EA when it comes to anything in light of how they treat their employees.. the life force of their company doesn't even trust them... EA was nominated number 1 worst place to work in the states which is a title you earn based on reputation.
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ThePsychoGamer  +   1008d ago
"How hard is this to understand EA wanted full control of content, pricing, and network for items operating on Origin."

How hard is it to understand Nintendo promised EA they could have Orgin on the WiiU. It wasn't something EA suddenly sprung on Nintendo.

" How can you even believe EA when it comes to anything in light of how they treat their employees"

I don't believe this is the fact not because EA says it is, I know it is fact because Nintendo them self said they would allow third party networks like Steam or Orgin on the WiiU.

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