EA Goes Too Far With Harsh Wii-U Bashing April Fools Joke, Then Deletes It

T1 - April Fools is always played in good spirits in the video games industry, but this latest attempt by EA, which sees the company openly mocking the Wii-U on Twitter, comes across more spiteful than playful.

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Neonridr1600d ago

And EA wonders why they keep getting voted worst company..

Dark111600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

lmao people getting upset over april fool joke.

So much salt.

clmstr1600d ago

This "april fool joke" is neither funny nor creative IMO.

truefan11600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

Lol that's what I'm saying, it is a big sob fest over a plastic console with computer chips, mind you on April fools day. Is it smart from a business standpoint, no, but you guys act like they insulted a person. Being an XBOX game for like 8 years i have heard a lot worse.

@But everyone loved the company to company jabs Sony has been making towards MSFT, E3 2013 and the indie parity post. Just another double standard in the gaming community. I agree though it's pretty weak to attack the Wii-U, but I disagree with the double standard because it's EA and the sob fest.

styferion1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

so you're saying it's fine going too far like that as long as you say april fool at the end of the day?
please bear in mind this is company to company, not personal business like the comment section here.

LOL_WUT1600d ago

Got to love EA stay salty people ;)

Dee_911600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

I'm trying to figure out, how is this too far? I don't even care if its april fools day or not, or rather the joke is funny or not.You people acting like the WII U has feelings.Its funny that a guy running the frostbite twitter made the comments yet people are mad at the entire Electronic Arts now.People are so damn irrational lol.
Nintendo should come back with a DLC joke lol.Bet EA wouldn't like that.

Eonjay1600d ago


I am trying to agree with you here... but alas no. I agree that people are to sensitive. I agree that if you have a problem the Wii U not getting EA games, tough shit. After all if Nintendo hasn't aggressively pursued them, you need to take your business to someone who will. I also think that people are a bunch of pussies who feel some sort of emotional attachment to companies and get insulted when people take gabs.

CAB18021600d ago

Meh, its just as bad as saying a PC gamer getting a console for an April fools joke


im not even a big nintendo guy myself and even i have to admit the tweets were just really unfunny.
They werent offensive at all, and didnt get me upset in any way either. they just werent funny at all. not once while reading those tweets did i get the urge to laugh (or be upset for that matter).

dont mean to repeat myself but you seem to be having a little bit of trouble understanding why people arent so entertained by EAs tweets. everybody seems to go to the "your just salty" excuse when people dont like something. nah dude nobody salty. sometimes what you have to say just...kinda sucks.

AngelicIceDiamond1600d ago

People are upset because the Wii U can't do those things or they can't do those things effectively.

I dunno if the anger should be geared towards DICE or the fact the console's specs can't those requirements.

Or maybe both.

SilentNegotiator1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

How are ANY of those jokes "harsh"?

"Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda" - Ironic, not "harsh"
"Frostbite will power #HalfLife3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive" - Absurd, not "harsh"
"Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our ‘netcode’. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU" - Quantum entanglement? Hilarious, not "harsh"

legionsoup1600d ago

Seems less like an April Fool's joke, and more like a jab at Nintendo (because EA couldn't do what they wanted on the console).

At least be creative with the joke.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1600d ago

okay what if someone said something like house caught on fire, car stolen or family member died and take it personally.

Their are people who create extreme jokes.

Kryptix1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

It's very apparent that they were poking fun of the Wii U's limitations and tried using April Fool's Day to slide the insult into public view. People caught on to it's true intentions and it got deleted.

I mean, a good April Fool's joke is something that makes people speculate to believe in the joke. The ones given were just too obvious to fool anyone.

randomass1711600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )


I really don't see how they were supposed to be funny to anyone that actually owns and enjoys their Wii U. I want to get one and I think they seemed more like pointless, mean-spirited jabs. To you they're not harsh, but I think it's weird you describe any of them as hilarious.

edit: Either way, I think Wii U owners have every right to be annoyed, especially after how ingloriously EA ditched the system. The whole thing is just in bad taste.

Gamer19821600d ago

Wow I mean it was obviously a joke the fact they said frostbite would power HL3. Obviously Source would.. Anybody who knows games knows this..

abzdine1600d ago

that frostbite is garbage EA.
if Naughty Dog said it about theirs i would understand but FrostBite? seriously??

Patrick_pk441600d ago

I don't see a problem with the joke. It states facts.

SilentNegotiator1600d ago

"To you they're not harsh, but I think it's weird you describe any of them as hilarious"

"Quantum entanglement" as a development is that NOT hilarious (at least, in 2014)?

ShinMaster1600d ago

HOW IS THIS GOING "TOO FAR"? It's not very funny, but it ain't offensive either.

Saying FROSTBITE will power HL3 EXCLUSIVELY on Wii U is just plain silly.

They're just saying the complete opposite of the truth. There's some humor in that, even if it's a weak joke.
Are the Wii U's feelings gonna be hurt? Come on people.

crxss1600d ago

people need to lighten up

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randomass1711600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

I dunno, I guess it's just not my kind of humor. Well either way, Peter Moore has apologized for it and called the tweets unacceptable/stupid. http://nintendoeverything.c...

edit: to the people disagreeing with my earlier comment, I don't think it's offensive either. I just think it's kind of dumb and I don't see why a professional corporation would even do something like that. It just seems immature and pointless.

elninels1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

I thought it was clever. People were hating on the lack of wii u support from EA. They're poking fun at the wii u and themselves.

Prime1571599d ago

What ea said is more trolling than fooling.

Bubble them down!

Sarcasm1599d ago

Overly sensitive Nintendo fans probably.

BattleAxe1599d ago

I personally think it was totally hilarious lol

UltraNova1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

Nintendo on April's Fool:

We here at Nintendo are extremely excited to announce our new annual 'BUGS' anniversary on the 29th of October!!!

PS: Fun fact: Did you know BUGS cant get FROSTBITES? That's what we thought too but it turns out they actually do!

nukeitall1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

I wonder how many people here will still agree with what they said, if you replace Nintendo with Sony for instance in those tweets?

Point being, there is funny and there is stupid and insulting to Wii U owners.

Glad EA deleted it!

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ATi_Elite1600d ago

I kinda find it FUNNY!

Nintendo made a bad move so now EA is laughing at them.

It's Not like every XB1/PS4 fanboy here hasn't laughed at Nintendo for the under powered WiiU.

BlackWolf1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

But it's different when a company does this kind of things. It's unprofessional, and this kind of douche moves can make things sour between companies, specially when EA claims (we know it's not the truth but they have keep appearances, just in case) that they intend to keep working with Nintendo.

If it wasn't that bad, why the posts were deleted? I think this was uncalled for.

Tiqila1599d ago

what BlackWolf said + it was not funny in the first place. Then there is so much bullshit EA has done in the last decade that this does not surprise me at all. Good job EA, you suck as a company and rush out unfinished games and still people buy your crap.

Visualift1600d ago

Never understood why a game company could be rated worst. For something as trivial as games/entertainment, there are other companies doing far worse things to warrant such an 'award'.

LAWSON721600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

A grudge can go along way I guess, clearly they have very many disappointed buyers (to bad they keep buying anyway)

matgrowcott1600d ago

Because it's based, I believe, on an online poll, and gamers flooded the vote.

gpturbo811600d ago

ya like the US corporation, err, government.

Moncole1600d ago

They keep on getting worst company because a bunch of neckbeards dwelling in their parents basement are voting for them. I hate them as much as the next guy but there are a lot worst companies.

BattleN1600d ago

LOL_WUT smells like a troll to me. Cant reply to his comments is he able to block?

asmith23061600d ago

EA are a fools full stop, never mind April fools.

3-4-51600d ago

Whatever " it " is in life, EA doesn't comprehend/get/understand "it".

* "It" can be different in any given situation, but they seem to never "get it".

You know who else doesn't get "it".

People who aren't that intelligent.

So if they don't get "it", as in they don't understand WHY they are not liked, then it kind of proves that they aren't as smart as they think they are.

* They make mistakes A,B,C & D.

We tell them " Hey, we DON'T LIKE A,B,C,&D".

They do it anyways, and then THEY complain that WE complain about them.

If you don't understand why we don't trust/like you EA, then your OBVIOUSLY not as smart as you think you are.

Somebody REALLY OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY, is running things over there.

MonstaTruk1600d ago

Damn, I hate Americans...*smh*

Hicken1600d ago

I would say the feeling is mutual, but... we just don't care.

Prime1571599d ago

It's more ignorant to lump a large group of people, like a culture, state, country, or race into one broad, generalizing hateful statement than it is to be in the group you are hating.

America has free thinkers too.

Max-Zorin1599d ago

God forbid a tourist in your country get shot just because their nationality is American.

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wsoutlaw871600d ago

How is this joke bad in any way. Are people really going to cry about ea joking that wii-u is the most powerful next gen console. Seriously, if you think this is going to far and are crying about this then I am embarrassed for you. I get that some wii u fans are mad that ea isnt supporting it, but its not going to change.

Neonridr1599d ago

it's one thing if me and you toss around jokes about systems. But EA and Nintendo are companies and are expected to carry themselves in a PROFESSIONAL manner. Joking about another company that has helped make EA as big as they are today is rude and unprofessional. Nintendo has made EA tons of money in the past.

wsoutlaw871599d ago

Ya are still acting as if they said something bad when they didnt. It really isnt a big deal. Its a company that makes video games, not the president. I was more surprised about the net code tweet after all the people still having trouble with bf4 and saying they are going to use quantum entanglement as if its impossible to have servers that dont suck

nunley331599d ago

Yeah because poking fun at a company is so much worse than killing,robbing,making your customers sick. Monsanto does all this and more to people.

Back-to-Back1599d ago

Butthurt nintendo fans mad.

TBONEJF1599d ago

And makes the same shytty games every year

XxExacutionerxX1599d ago

(This goes to EA) Stop tweeting and Fix your very broken Battlefield 4 game, then you can talk about nintendo!!!! Thank You

combatcash1599d ago

Just read the tweets and they weren't funny. It's common knowledge that the wii u is the weakest of the "next gen consoles" but nobody cares. EA doesn't care about who they insult or don't either they don't even care if they release broken games to their fan base.

threefootwang1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

It was actually Frostbite that said these statements. EA apologized to Nintendo for the comments, they didn't think what FB said was funny. Not defending EA, but at least they apologized, get your facts straight.

Madock1599d ago

Aliens congratulate humanity on progress in innovation when they had a look at the new dualshock controller (& Sony voted most innovative gaming company of all time based on their controller design for the ps4 that redefined gaming)

Microsoft developers voted best games development teams in the world & we congratulate them on thier innovative hard work on Titanfall & hope that thier 1st party studios continue that beautifull work, in fact we can easily see them thriving with no 3rd party support or rediculous dirty advertising at all.
They are also thanked for the deep immersive & diverse games they produce that are not just silly 1st person shooters & urge them to keep it up
Now imagine the above as tweets from Nintendo

Angeljuice1599d ago (Edited 1599d ago )

It's not going too far at all, if Nintendo didn't want to be the butt of industry jokes, they should have put their short arms in their long pockets and invested in a competitive product rather than relying on their reputation to sell a cheaply made piece of crap.

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fonger081600d ago

Immaturity knows no bounds at EA... of course neither does their professionalism. Just work on fixing games i.e BF4, making a decent NBA Live game, no more foot-in-mouth moments like Simcity will only ever work on-line, and committing to quality of quantity... cause if they manage to help DICE screw up Star Wars Battlefield, there will be hell to pay.

TheTowelBoy1600d ago

I agree Battlefront is my favorite shooter. If they mess that up I WILL never buy from them again.

BoNeSaW231599d ago

Dbags? Douch bags?

It is spelled "Douchebag". Get your insults right, you ignorant Douchebags!

diepdiep1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

It truly disgusts me how EA thinks it's okay to stoop this low.

KwietStorm1600d ago

I don't see what the big deal is.

diepdiep1600d ago

that's because it about Nintendo. If there was a similar post that bashes Sony/Playstation, then there would be an even bigger backlash.

Errefus1600d ago

Disrespecful and unprofessional. i get it that is a joke but they went to far. And the fact that they removed the tweets and apologized shows how far they gone.

KwietStorm1600d ago (Edited 1600d ago )

I don't really care how other people would react. I'm saying *I* don't see what the big deal is. It's just a stupid joke, and people are getting offended. If anything, EA is making fun of themselves in context.

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XabiDaChosenOne1600d ago

I know right?! Consoles have feelings too!!!