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In May, we learned that Electronic Arts has essentially stopped publishing on Wii U. At that time, company spokesperson Jeff Brown didn't specifically cite a reason. Many assumed the move was related to sales, and late last week that suspicion was confirmed for one title.
Speaking to The Sixth Axis, Need for Speed: Rivals creative director Craig Sullivan stated that last year's Need for Speed: Most Wanted "didn't really sell that many, in terms of the Wii U market." Most Wanted also appeared on the PlayStation Vita, another platform that Rivals won't be appearing on.
EA developers have also stated that Frostbite 3, the engine powering the publisher's non-sports, next-gen games, isn't running on Wii U. While this statement was made months ago, given that no games are in development, it would seem that no further progress has been made to rectify that situation.
Battlefield 4, Madden 25, NBA Live 14, and FIFA 14, all skipped (or will be skipping) the Wii U this year.
[Source: The Sixth Axis]
Our TakeThe fact that Need for Speed: Rivals is skipping Wii U isn't surprising. The important thing here is that Sullivan put a fine point on the reasoning. EA does not currently deem Wii U development a worthwhile investment.
It's important to understand that if development cost is greater than likely sales, then publicly-held companies have a fiduciary obligation to not create that product. Nintendo absolutely must start incentivizing third-party publishing if it hope the Wii U to flourish.
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"Nintendo absolutely must start incentivizing third-party publishing if it hope the Wii U to flourish (sic)...."
I'm sorry, but hasn't recent experience proven exactly the opposite? The Wii had crap third-party support, but still outsold both the PS3 and 360, and also had comparable software attachment rates. Nintendo's least successful system, the GameCube, was more powerful than the competition and attracted a lot of third-party support. That didn't save it from becoming Nintendo's least successful console ever.
Looking at the future, it kinda makes sense, too; why would I buy an inferior third-party product on the Wii U when they're being made for XB1/PS4? Those systems come with more power, better online infrastructure, and more reliable prospects for future support of the product. No, I buy Nintendo for two things: the unique gameplay experience and their first-party exclusives, which are still MILES better than the competition.
Really can't blame them, when majority of the user base that has a Wii U is not supporting third parties. If these people don't get a clue, more and more titles will never hit the Wii U from outside companies, especially when seeing such projections of others' having dismal sales. Far better to have no sales, than to run in the negative from lack of sales.
NO PS VITA? WHY!? I am getting bored with the games I have on the Vita. Needs more racing games!
i dont give a dam about Ea anymore their abunch of greedy monkeys that tried to force origin down our throats which no one likes and threw a tantrum over it and i dont see any changes to change their behavior any time soon.....They might win the worst company award for the 3rd time in a row.
So you're saying people still buy Nintendo consoles? lol
Well I guess my Dreamcast is getting a bit lonely on the bottom shelf of the entertainment center. Consoles should never have to die alone.
Apparently wii u sells have gone up 200% because of the price drop. so maybe next year the Wii U will get NFS.
The problem isn't Nintendo - it's the audience. Nintendo buyers don't want anything except Mario or the stupid WiiU casual games.