EA Sports Bob Summerwill Said the "Wii U is Crap", Should Nintendo Announce a New Console?

The Wii U has gotten a very bad reception from the fanbase and from many developers, the latest of which was EA Sports senior software engineer Bob Summerwill, who called the Wii U "crap" via twitter. In the twitter timeline he also claimed that "Nintendo is still operating like its 1990", I completely agree. Nintendo is so off right now it is best if they scrap all Wii, Wii U related projects and just start from anew.

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Nyxus1863d ago

" Consumers have flocked to other platforms and the kids of today play Call of Duty not Mario."

What? Mario is still bigger than COD.

IanVanCheese1863d ago

Pretty sure Mario is riding on borrowed time though. It's kept alive by aging gamers whereas COD is attracting new fans.

Root1863d ago

The difference is people like Mario because of his games and who he is while the majority of people only like COD because their friends like it, and their friends friends and so on....COD is just a social gimmick, it's more of a trend then it is a game.

abzdine1863d ago (Edited 1863d ago )

they should announce a new console because His Majesty Bob Summerwill Said the "Wii U is Crap"??

This is the most stupid thing i have ever heard! Wii U has its fans, and Nintendo consoles have always been selling in the long term. Wait until 3D marios and a new Zelda are announced to see how much of these they will sell. All this without price cut

I dont give a damn about EA games, all i have interest in is great gaming experiences and Nintendo consoles have always given some of the most unforgettable jewels

Rhaigun1863d ago

IMO, Nintendo should scrap home consoles and concentrate on their handheld market.

Salooh1863d ago (Edited 1863d ago )

Root is right. I only buy cod now because my friends play it. It's just a tool to me to do something with my friends . I don't consider it a game anymore because it's not fun. It's annoying because the gameplay doesn't make sense any more. It's too simple and easy..

I don't care about mario too lol , I only like the old one and i can play it almost everywhere..


What? Mario is still bigger than COD.

BLOPS 2 sold 11m copies,

Mario Kart Wii sold 33m copies... nuff said!

Gamer-Z1863d ago (Edited 1863d ago )

I have to agree with Root, COD is more of a social trend and will eventually die out when the casuals lose interest in it like they did with guitar hero. Where as Mario & Zelda can go on for ages because they are the mascots of gaming.

RFornillos41863d ago

agree with Root here. COD and the likes are popular because a lot of your friends say they are. and i meant no disrespect to COD fans (or BF fans, alike); i'm as much of a fan of FPS games and play a lot of COD and BF whenever I can -- but I admit that playing it has a different sense of enjoyment, as compared to enjoying a race with Mario Kart, or having to complete all the stars of Super Mario Galaxy. The latter giving a sense of deeper fulfillment.

jsslifelike1862d ago

Is this really an "article" I'm reading right now??

BattleAxe1862d ago (Edited 1862d ago )

I grew up with Mario on the NES, but back then platformers were the "big thing". Today shooters are the "big thing". I don't know anyone who really anticipates the next big platformer. I can see myself pluging in my NES and playing some Super Mario Bros., and I can see parents who own a Wii getting their kids to play Super Mario Bros., but other than that, and other than people like Furious Francis who live in an alternate universe most of the time, people simple do not play those games on home consoles anymore.

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RyuCloudStrife1863d ago

Mario is not bigger than Call of Duty, sorry to burst your bubble.

PopRocks3591863d ago

That's pretty ignorant. Mario is the face of gaming; if you put his face on a random sign in a store and more often than not, people will know who he is. He's arguably as recognizable as Mickey Mouse.

Also thirty years of best selling games and over 200 million games in the franchise sold speaks volumes over Call of Duty's current stagnation.

yewles11863d ago

"Mario is the face of gaming"

That's like saying Mickey Mouse is the face of Hollywood...

abzdine1863d ago

in terms of fun Mario is 100000 times bigger

admiralvic1863d ago

CoD might sell better, but Mario is bigger than CoD and that's just a fact. Not only is Mario recognizable (vs CoD's generic military men, even the named people can easily be mistaken for anyone else in a military setting), but he has withstood the test of time.

People know who Mario is, what he relates to and is one of the few truly iconic gaming characters. Another would be Pacman, though I can't think of anyone else who would be on the same tiering as those two.

Phil321863d ago

That is an outright lie, which makes your whole article look even more idiotic.

I'm sure killing off a platform that's not even a year old would give gamers, investors, and fans a lot of confidence in future Nintendo products. Wait a minute. No, it would do just the opposite. This article comes off as some stupid fanboy rant from someone who doesn't even understand the basics of the industry.

Phil321863d ago

""Mario is the face of gaming"

That's like saying Mickey Mouse is the face of Hollywood..."

Not really because Mickey Mouse didn't help save a dying industry, isn't the highest selling movie series like Mario is the highest selling video games series of all time.

False equivalency, much?

Oh_Yeah1863d ago

Are you serious? Mario games are exclusive and they still outsell cod by millions. Highest selling cod game this gen= 16 million. Highest selling Mario game this gen= 33 million. Cod isn't even half as big as Mario is man.

RFornillos41863d ago

no offense, I love COD and BF; but just to add to @PopRocks359, 30 years from now, when you plaster a wall with a picture of Mason/Soap/Ghost and Mario, who do you think people will recognize more?

@yewles1, not saying Mickey Mouse is the face of Hollywood; but similarly, Mickey will garner more recognition compared to others. But yes, Mickey Mouse may not be the face of Hollywood; but in the world of animation, he's an iconic character, and can be considered "the" face for animation.

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EDIT: removed, as accidentally double-commented...

deafdani1862d ago

Best selling Call of Duty to date: Black Ops, with 12 million sales on 360 and little more than 3 million on PS3.

Best selling Mario game on Wii: New Super Mario Bros Wii, with more than 27 million copies sold.

And you talk about "bursting bubbles". Next time do a little research before making a fool of yourself.

legendoflex1862d ago

Depends. Call of Duty has pumped out more titles which have managed to maintain a growing fanbase.

But the biggest Mario games have managed to demonstrate virtually unstoppable longevity, without having to spend tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars annually to sustain them.

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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1863d ago

wiiu2 will be just as good as ps4!

lilbroRx1863d ago

The next console from Nintendo will not be announced until at least 2017 and it will definitely outperform the PS4/720.

You an take that to the bank. Can't say by how much, but it will not be just as good. It will be better.

exfatal1863d ago

wiiu2 willl be just a powerful as ps4 and bring more to gaming then ps5

Conzul1863d ago

Well, WiiU's failing isn't its hardware. Nintendo games have never needed much horsepower because of their art direction.

WiiU needs lots of pretty games. Pretty =/= realistic.

yeahokchief1862d ago

I'm sorry, but you're delusional if you think the Wii U is going to last another 4 years.

That is straight up insane.

You ALREADY have third parties not porting to it because it's underpowered and has such a small following.

They went with a gimmick over games to woo casuals again. It didn't work. I'm sorry you wasted your money.

DeadlyFire1862d ago (Edited 1862d ago )

WiiU is almost 20 times more powerful than Wii.

To Nintendo this is next generation. They have never advanced so far with hardware.

Now if they did that again for next generation after this one they could have a real 3rd party contender. Right now Nintendo's console is primarily just for Nintendo gamers with Ubisoft sticking in there. They could pull a real golden ticket to Nintendo fans buying their games with no other real 3rd party competition on board.

Its to early to pull the curtain over WiiU just yet. Its hardware might not be super, but its comparable to last gen CPU wise. GPU on the other hand is its only real factor that adds to it. It will only be noticeable by developers when their console lands 10+ Million sold I believe.

sync901862d ago

They've only just released the wiiU. what are you talking about?

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Persistantthug1863d ago

Then at some point, sooner rather than their usual 5 years, Nintendo is probably going to have to announce a new console.

I used to predict that the Wii U would sell less than the Gamecube....but at this rate, I'm almost ready to predict that it will sell less than the DREAMCAST.

I don't think Nintendo should just up and abandon the Wii U, but if they want to stay in and stay at least somewhat relevant in the HOME CONSOLE market, a new, and better thought out and planned console is going to be needed.

exfatal1863d ago

what more relevant then something that uses a touch pad, and offers u gaming and connects you to the internet?

admiralvic1863d ago

Simple logic time...

The Wii U has little to no games that anyone wants, which in turn makes the console and stay with me please, sell poorly. When we get Pikmin 3, Mario Party U, Mario Kart U and Super Smash Bros U, then and only then will we have an idea of how well the system will do. If you don't believe me, look at the 3DS. The system was flat lining over a lack of games, high price and weak specs. Now that the system got a price drop and several quality titles, you no longer see the 3DS is doom articles and we in turn see the Vita is dead articles.


Replacing Nintendo with Sony would make your comment far more honest and realistic.

AngelicIceDiamond1863d ago

Mario is bigger than Cod from franchise standpoint.

Lior1863d ago

lol true COD is much bigger in terms of sales than the plumber mario

Moonman1863d ago (Edited 1863d ago )

Mario will be around AFTER COD burns away!

Mario Kart Wii sold 34 a COD that can do that on multiple consoles let alone ONE platform!!!!

Kennytaur1863d ago

The fact that kids today play CoD saddens me. It just shows how little age restrictions matter to people, and parents in particular. Oh, and Mario beats the living daylights out of Call of Duty any day of the week.

guitarded771862d ago

Mario is more well known and established, but Mario is not turning CoD money at this point. It's just a fact.

On topic: No, Nintendo should NOT announce a new console. The Wii U still has potential to make a good profit for Nintendo. If they would just concentrate on making great 1st party games, and secure 3rd party support from pubs willing to work with them, like Ubi, CAPCOM and SEGA.

The majority of Wii U owners like myself didn't buy the console to play Battlefield on it... we play that elsewhere (where our friends are). I bought the damn thing to play Nintendo exclusives, and some exclusive JRPG's. As long as Nintendo can provide those, they will make a profit over the next 4-5 years. The 3DS has had a turnaround based on 3DS exclusives, and a lower price.

HOWEVER, Nintendo needs to get their crap together with online, and pro-controller support. Miiverse needs social site features so it works with Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, etc. Nintendo Network needs trophy support, VC needs widescreen. These are just a few examples of where Nintendo falls behind against 7+ year old consoles, and it makes the Wii U's network feel like a dinosaur.

ijust2good1862d ago

Nintendo should try there luck one last time and release a new console next year or completely get out of the console business for good while they still have money left.

Wii U is looking like a serious flop. A flop that might have serious concussion for the company. Nintendo cannot possibly live off First Party games for the entire duration of next gen. Nintendo, its time to take Mario to true next gen hardware.

Sega, Atari and many others had there heyday's. They were great during there time but its Nintendo's time to get out of console market and leave with dignity. Mario will be welcomed into PS4 and Xbox 720. Go on Nintendo, its time to focus on games. Just like the old days. No more forced motion sensing and tablet gimmicks. Just good old gaming with a traditional controller.

3-4-51862d ago

Bob...Summe..summe..summerwill not be working here anymore ! lol

donman11862d ago

Nintendo needs to do something surprising for a change and put EA on blast. They just keep on getting slapped in the face and not fight back. The level of negativity surrounding the Wii U is unprecedented. I am surprise Nintendo is doing nothing to turn that around.

Novistador1862d ago

It's like comparing apples to mustached oranges.

indysurfn1862d ago

blah blah blah another EA employee opens foot and inserts mouth! (OH YES I DIDN'T!)
Not only is Mario bigger, but Wii has sold way more than xbox360 and ps3 world wide.

Seriously, since it came from low class conniving business practice EA, it proves that Nintendo is NOT CRAP, and has some quality that EA wants to kill. So they can be lazy and not support 3 platforms again. But this time they want to kill it so they can have the sales to all customers. Now I'm really thinking of buying a wiiu for a holiday gift! Thanks EA!

3-4-51862d ago

3D Mario, Mario Kart, LoZ U, Super Smash Brothers

People can't complain about Wii U until those release.

Be logical

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Snookies121863d ago (Edited 1863d ago )

Yes, announcing a new console now would kill them. I know I'd be pissed as hell, and not want anything to do with Nintendo if I bought a Wii U day one expecting them to support it. Only to find that they announce a new console because it's not doing so well. Though I doubt Nintendo would so something like that.

Nicholasgliss1863d ago

No, not yet. If anything Nintendo will wait a bit and release a next-next gen with like 10gb of ram and whatever else is driving the sales of PS4 and XBOX. Here we go, FIGHT!

NYC_Gamer1863d ago

Nintendo wouldn't announce another console this early

LOL_WUT1863d ago

What I don't understand is how is it possible for a company who can take many losses (according to the diehards) be under staffed? Seriously Nintendo get your act together.

Well, anyway whatever they do, they need to think of something quick because Pikmin and that 101 game isn't going to cut it. ;)

CouldHaveYelledUiiW1863d ago (Edited 1863d ago )

Good points.

I think they were trying to walk the line of efficiency not wasting resources and that is what left them understaffed.

And while I can't wait to try W101 and Pikmin -
-If the purpose of the WiiU is to regain some of the "cORE"Players...

They aren't going to do it.

Mostly because their looks won't lead them to try the Gameplay.