The Worst Company in America isn’t pulling punches when it comes to what it considers to be the worst console in America. If you haven’t been following the politics of the video game world, EA has basically been salty every since Nintendo refused to use EA’s Origin network for its online infrastructure.
EA responded by pulling the plug on its Wii U version of Crysis 3 just before it was to go gold (manufacturing production). Things ramped up in intensity when EA stated they had nothing in development of the Wii U and that none of the new Frostbite 3.0 Star Wars games would come to the system. Now it seems that undercurrent of rage has erupted to the surface, with Bob Summerwill, EA Sport’s software engineer, letting his mouth out for a jog on Twitter.
Here’s what he said:
“The WiiU is crap.Less powerful than an XBOX360.Poor online/store.Weird tablet.Nintendo are walking dead at this point.”
“Sony, MS, Apple, Google all following the same playbook … standard, powerful, hardware, with focus on software and services.”
“Nintendo are still operating like it’s 1990.They should have “done a Sega” and offered Mario/Zelda as PS4/Durango exclusives. Instead they make this awful console, and this …nintendo.com/wiiu/downloads….Just stop it!Just make great games!”
“It is an utterly intentional decision to focus our resources on markets which actually matter … like mobile, and Gen4.”
“Nintendo platforms have always been very poor revenue-wise for third parties. Only Mario and Zelda make money. Yep, we’ve got plenty of problems, but WiiU isn’t where that family/casual market is.It’s on mobile/tablet now!”
So it seems Summerwill is intent on EA bringing its shovelware games to the mobile/tablet market, shunning the Wii U of its big franchises as well.
If EA refuses to bring its games to the Wii U, here are the biggest franchises Nintendo will lose out on:
- Dead Space
- EA Sports Active
- Fight Night
- Harry Potter
- Lord of the Rings
- Madden NFL
- Mass Effect
- Medal of Honor
- NBA Live
- NCAA Football
- Need for Speed
- Rock Band
- The Sims
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour
A mod over at the IGN boards calculated the average development time of each of these titles, concluding that the Wii U will lose out on: three to four Battlefield games, three to four Burnout games, two Dead Space games, five EA Sports Active/Fitness games, five FIFA games, three to four Fight Night games, four Harry Potter and spin-off games, three LotR/Hobbit games, five Madden NFL games, three Mass Effect games, three Medal of Honor games, five NASCAR games, five NBA Live games, five NCAA games, five Need For Speed games, five NHL games, five Rock Band games, three SSX games, one Sims game and five Tiger Woods PGA Tour games.
Or 81+ games that Nintendo will lose from EA. Of these games, however, only two of the 20 franchises sold more than 5 million copies on 7th generation hardware — Battlefield 3 and FIFA Soccer.
Will this effect the future of the Wii U? Or has Bob Summerwill put his foot in EA’s mouth, drawing more negative attention to a company already notorious for delivering content not ready for the market just to make a buck?
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