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EA: we don’t make ports, Wii U games will be unique

EA is bringing several key titles to the Wii U this year. Mass Effect 3, Madden NFL 13, and FIFA 13 will all be coming to Nintendo’s new console at launch. But according to EA, those titles aren’t just “ports”. In fact, the company believes they don’t make ports any longer. EA’s Patrick Soderlund was recently asked in an interview if EA will port games to the Wii U, and Sonderlund’s reply wasn’t what many expected. He said:

“I would say EA doesn’t make ports at all anymore. We try to make games that are ideal for each platform as much as possible. Obviously for PS3 and Xbox 360 the systems are similar, so we cross-develop. But we will always try to take an approach about what is unique for that platform. Wii U has many unique capabilities so you have to embrace the unique elements of the platform otherwise there’s not much point doing it at all.”

EA Wii UWhile a quote like that is expected from one of EA’s top dogs, some of EA’s Wii U games we’ve seen so far would suggest otherwise. For example, it was revealed last month that Madden NFL 13 on the Wii U won’t feature the new physics engine (which will be available on the older PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms). Nor will Madden 13 on the Wii U feature some of the online modes. The development team simply didn’t have enough resources to complete those features. So in one way, it’s not a straight “port”, since key features are missing. However, other EA Wii U games such as Mass Effect 3 show a lot of promise. The recent Mass Effect 3 Wii U gameplay walkthrough shows some innovative use of the Wii U GamePad controller. One recent rumor from EA suggested that its top selling Battlefield 3 was canceled on the Wii U, instead, the team is working on bringing Battlefield 4 on the console in 2013.

Not everything has been cool between EA and Nintendo regarding the Wii U. Earlier this year, EA reportedly wanted to deeply integrate Origin into the Wii U, and completely run the console’s online system. Nintendo declined the offer, which some believe led to decreased support from EA for the Wii U. The rumor suggests the exact opposite of what Soderlund says: reportedly, EA will only release ports to the Wii U without any real budget.

We’ll have to wait and see how Ea supports the new console in the future. So far, it doesn’t look that bad.

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  • CombatHero

    Im just excited for some Fifa:3

    • frank

      me too.. i’m holding off on FIFA 13 till i get the U…

  • Tubba Blubba

    I do hope EA supports the wii u without just porting. While I’m not a big fan of these games, unique features for games like madden, fifa and battlefield will definitely help push console sales

    • u mad bro

      Tubba Blubba returns!

  • Jonas

    support or no support. EA games are good, but im more interested in other companies.

    • test

      than why are you on this site

      • Charmander

        What does this site have anything to do with being a EA fan or not?

      • AKA-Link77

        that was kinda illogical to say… Ó_Ô

  • PolarsPass

    So EA is only releasing 3 games for wii u, not much support since EA offered Nintendo to let them run origin on nintendo network, and Nintendo declined.

    • PolarsPass

      My mistake, I meant 4 games.

    • Nintedward

      thats only for launch , which is decent . not as much support as ubisoft but hey.
      expect more EA anouncements soon , like NFS etc. with crazy away from tv gamepad support :D

    • PS360Wii

      Actually, EA wanted Nintendo to run the Nintendo Network through Origin (giving EA too much control). That is why Nintendo declined.

      • PolarsPass

        Alright so BF4 will still be on the wii u, and I really don’t know much about origin.

    • revolution5268

      i see ubisoft support nintendo more than EA.

    • Zhenya

      It’s ridiculous that EA wanted full control of Nintendo Network

    • pach

      I’m glad nintendo doesn’t support spyware crap like origin.

  • EAWho?

    Well aint that a big crock of bull shit!

  • Shankovich

    So you guys are still mad at Nintendo over the online gaff or not? Because lacking the Madden improvements don’t look good…

  • Ledreppe

    I have no interest in anything EA has to offer (so far)!

  • Nintedward

    good news. hopefully all developers will adopt this attitude.
    the funny thing is 360 fans want str8 ports on the wiiu :S they thing adding gamepad option is ‘tacked on ‘ even though it is indeed ‘superior’ to their ancient normal controllers , that the wiiu supports a comfy looking one anyway.
    this is good news i hope bioware make ME3 feel refreshed with some new features and i will be picking up fifa 13 on day 1 .
    XD

    • B4short

      The only way I’m getting ME3 is if my multiplayer stuff from ps3 transfers somehow…which it won’t

      • Nintedward

        what ??? all the multiplayer is on mass effect 3 for wiiiu . it has everything the ps3 version has and lots more . lol . confirmed .

        • Brqde1319

          He means that all of his unlocked weapons, leveled characters, unlocked characters, credits, etc, transfer from the PS360 version to the Wii U version, which they wont.

          • Nintedward

            oh yeh , i see now . obviously it wont . but it will still be awesome!!!

      • vge

        Its ridiculous to believe that’s at all possible.

  • D2K

    If a game has not been built from scratch on a platform full utilizing the console’s hardware capabilities and it is the same basic coding used for multi-platforms, no matter how you try to rationalize or twist words around it is a PORT.

    Most if not all 3rd party titles are ports. Only in a rare occasion when a company is making an exclusive game for a console is it not a port (i.e. Metroid: Other M or Starfox: Assault.) Those games usually take as long as 1st party titles to develop because they are building ti from scratch. Only 1st party titles are really not considered to be ports.

    That’s my take on it anyway.

    • TheRedSnifit

      A port is when you take a game and move it to another console. Resident Evil 4 is available on nearly everything made after 2000, but it wasn’t a Gamecube port. It is, however, a PS2 port, Wii port, etc.

  • Kamon

    Eh… I don’t really care for EA. They made The Sims…

    • Shankovich

      Maxis made Sims 1 and 2, EA distributed

      • Nintendude

        And they forgot about Spore… *sniff*

  • gPadWatcher

    The only EA/EA Sports titles I truly love on the Wii U are FIFA Soccer 13, Mass Effect 3, and the upcoming Battlefield 4. I’ll wait until Madden NFL 14.

  • Big N

    I hope EA will bring back the Megaman. Megaman will celebrate its 25th anniversary this December and hope to see a new game or a compilation of all Megaman games (original, X, Legends, etc) on the Wii U. I think this will sell like hot cakes.

    • LyingTuna

      Yep. I agree completely. Except that Capcom made Megaman. EA is irrelevant. But yeah, your right. The gamepad could be used for on the fly weapons selection. Plus, two screens means zx could be included! As would zero, of course.

    • PS360Wii

      Uh… wrong company there Big N. Megaman is Capcom.

      • Big N

        Hahaha! Yeah. I am thinking of Capcom when I read this article. I failed!!!!

  • SuperShyGuy

    Maybe EA Big can find a place on Wii U since it will be the everyman console like the SNES

  • Nintentionally

    EA used to be really, really terrible with annual sub-par FIFAs and PGA tour then they bought or published for loads of good studios and started making better games.

    If you’ve never played either LotR game or Freedom Fighters from last gen (GC/PS2) then you should.

  • ConCity Soldier

    They are just saying that because the XBOX 360 version is using Kinect & the Wii U version is using the Gamepad controller. So, they are adding features in for different platforms, but it’s a port at the end of the day. Btw, I played the Madden 13 demo & the Infinity Engine is okay, but it’s not all of that. They still need to fix running animations, every player runs the same & too robotic looking. The Infinity Engine itself still needs work, some of tackles the defense doesn’t wrap up and it looks horrible. Other times it looks okay.

  • Nintyfan

    Wow “The Worst Company in America” rated by consumerist… XD for once said something smart smart.

    That really awesome though!

  • venomjamaica

    I am just happy that the wii u version will look great and not the cartoony bullocks we had on the wii. I am glad about the touch control and the refine looking crowd am also glad that i can now kick some ass online again. (Am looking on you fifa 12 wii)

    So just hurry up November and come let me basked in the goodness of Nintendo Wii U.

    Get N or get OUT!!!!

    • ~(O.O~)

      Is the n for noodles?? :)

      • venomjamaica

        Nah dude it;s for “NINTENDO”

  • AKA-Link77

    Well didnt they get butthurt cuz Nintendo denied they outragous offer? Then they brought like… half made games to Wii U…

    • AKA-Link77

      Dam! i meant “…their outragous…”
      Hey “Daily”… make an “Edit” (to edit comments) so we wont hav a TXT FAIL. í ~ ì

  • Hatake86

    Only game that i care from EA is SSX. I hope there will be one on Wii U.
    ps. Wii U Will Rule

  • prolifik_2424

    im just saying if you will support that bs smart glass than why not the wii u pad? fuck EA!!!!!!!!!!! just saying

  • Daing

    I hope we get a unique Dead Space for the Wii U as well.

  • Egamingway

    I liked how the writer states that decrease in some of the online function in Fifa and Madden on the Wii U compared to 360 and PS3 shows that they aren’t direct ports.

  • Maverick-Hunter

    so you can’t make wii u games but you can waste time on the smart glass lol fail

  • Tristan

    This is just code for “We’re going to make inferior, dumbed-down ports for the Nintendo system.”

  • relo

    I hope they also make ports to (or atleast on par wiiU versions) otherwise you’ll have some people screaming “no games” in no time.

  • Bravyoura

    EA: “we don’t make ports”, nope just the same old crap year in year out I’ve never liked EA titles their’s just no, I can’t really describe it I suppose you’d call it joy to playing their games well apart from Dead Space which actually benefits from it amazing atmosphere. Just played through the PS3 port of Dead Space extractions really well writen prequel for any Dead Space fan it’s a must.

  • Translator1

    I just hope that EA will bring Need for Speed to the Wii U.

  • 88MilesPrower

    This sounds like a justification to bring old Wii practices into the next gen. Suddenly, EA doesn’t make ports, although they “cross-develop”, which justifies the fact that the 720 and PS4 are gonna get all the same games.

    EA went down the tubes.