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John Riccitiello resigns as EA’s CEO; what does this mean for Nintendo?

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The past few weeks in the gaming industry have been an interesting one. For those unfamiliar with the situation, SimCity released on March 5th of this year and has caused quite a controversy. Typically a single-player offline-only game, EA funded studio Maxis decided to make the latest iteration of SimCity require an always on connection and told fans it was due to “complex calculations” that had to take place on EA’s servers. It didn’t take long before Reddit and the rest of the Internet dissected the code in the game and found out that the complex calculations EA hinted at were a flat out lie.

If you want to read more about that situation, you can find the whole developing controversy here, here and here.

Initially, EA was quiet about the SimCity issue, only issuing a statement that they were committed to fixing the server problems that prevented people from playing the game they purchased. This wasn’t enough for most of the gaming press and many gamers, which led to a backlash on social networking sites and EA’s Facebook pages. Eventually, the company addressed the problem by offering customers who had purchased the game a free game. However, the damage had been done.

Yesterday John Riccitiello–the CEO of EA–announced that he was resigning the position effectively March 30th. Former CEO Larry Probst will be taking over for the company after that date. Yesterday after the announcement, EA stock prices rose 7% in after-hours trading due to the announcement. But what does this announcement mean for Nintendo fans, since the relationship between Nintendo and EA has been a noticeably rocky one from the start?

A Fresh Start for Nintendo Relations

Axing the head of a company is never a small thing, as noted by the stock prices rising directly after the announcement. Riccitiello was head of Electronic Arts from 2007 until now. During his tenure, many gamers have hated the direction the company took, such as adding micro-transactions to games like Dead Space 3 and running once proud studios like Bioware and DICE into the ground. It’s a hard pill to swallow and Riccitiello himself is owning up to it. In an internal memo to EA staff, Riccitiello stated:

My decision to leave EA is really all about my accountability for the shortcomings in our financial results this year. It currently looks like we will come in at the low end of, or slightly below, the financial guidance we issued to the Street, and we have fallen short of the internal operating plan we set one year ago. And for that, I am 100 percent accountable.

So what direction will EA take next? It’s hard to say. Riccitiello has been CEO of the company for nearly 10 years. A CEO certainly has influence over the direction a company takes, but by no means does his resignation mean EA will magically “see the light” and start releasing better games with fewer micro-transactions, or that the company will start paying attention to the Wii U. Nintendo’s problems with EA are the same problems it has with any other publisher. EA wants to see a significant install base before it will release games like Crysis 3, DeadSpace 3, and Battlefield 4 on the system. Gamers won’t buy a system until it has the games they want. It’s a chicken and the egg problem that requires a bit of effort on both Nintendo and EA’s part. Now with Riccitiello gone, that could actually begin.

Ideally, Nintendo would have the same relationship with EA that it has with Ubisoft. Despite a few missteps here and there, Ubisoft has been an enthusiastic third-party partner for the Wii U. It released Assassin’s Creed 3 as a launch title on the platform, as well as ZombiU which was an exclusive launch title. Rayman Legends was also announced at the same time as the Wii U and although that has been pushed back for later release, it is still coming to the platform. On top of that, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has been announced so no matter your feelings on Ubisoft, the French publisher has done more than its fair share to support Nintendo.

With a new leader at the helm, we could see the tides turn toward working with Nintendo instead of against it. Leadership at EA realizes the direction the company took with many of its products is wrong, so efforts will be made to get the company back on track. This means patching up SimCity so gamers are satisfied, releasing less half-finished content like Dead Space 3 and Dragon Age II, and ideally, focusing on bringing games to a the hungry audience that is Wii U owners.

What do you think of Riccitiello’s resignation? Do you believe EA will turn over a new leaf with this announcement, or will they be the same company they’ve always been? Let us know in the comments.

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  • David

    Step 1. Get EA games on STEAM. Step 2. Fix relationship with Nintendo. Step 3. Stop destroying games and upcoming titles like Command and Conquer.

    • D.M.T

      Fixing the relationship with Nintendo should be number 1 on your list. We can all agree that that is more important than putting their games on STEAM. Nintendo needs all the support they can get.

      • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

        It’s not about Nintendo’s prosperity, it is about EA’s. Nintendo is not too important in the grand scheme of things.

        • wampdog29

          More important than Steam…

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elias-Sideras/581859020 Elias Sideras

            Hahahaha. Keep talking.

        • D.M.T

          Shut up. You’re getting paid to hate, admit it. No one cares about EA, we just want them to put their games on Wii U.

          • DK_Hadouken

            Ironic statement. Way to return the favor!

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            That kind of talk will make them want to jump to it! You don’t care about them yet you want their games?

          • D.M.T

            EA needs to support Wii U for those who want to play their games on Wii U. This is not about me, this is about Wii U getting the support it needs to succeed.

          • NkoSekirei

            every comment u make makes u look more stupid do us all a favor and stfu

          • Guest

            you are just a complete turd

          • sdmac200600

            But if nobody cares about EA, why would people want them to put it on wii u? See how flawed your comment was?

          • D.M.T

            There are 2 things you need to understand: 1. I was trolling the troll and 2. it’s possible to buy games from EA even though you dont care about them. A good game is a good game whether you care about EA or not. I will still buy some of their games even though i don’t like EA

        • DK_Hadouken

          EA’s prosperity affects all gamers across all platforms. But recall that we Wii U owners have been burned by the EA/Nintendo feud. Which is why we’re all adamant for Wii U support.

          Why should we call out for others when they already have EA’s support? I’ll call out for them if they’re ever burned like we’ve been.

        • http://twitter.com/DJDALLYDEE Dallas Scott Cooper

          Dude, Nintendo IS gaming…

        • LopsidedPasta

          I said something like this a little while back under my old name but, why are you here then? Even a retard like you should be able to understand what a website called ‘wiiudaily’ will report and what side its readers will be on. I understand anything harder than picking your nose gives you mental pain, but just try for the rest of us.

        • WHAT????

          dumbest statement on here

    • http://twitter.com/celebfanforwin John Joe Silver

      they’ll unlikely bring them to steam that would render Origin useless

    • WiiUltra

      Ah yes, get rid of EA’s CEO. Step 1 of Nintendomination is complete! Muahahhahahaha *evil laugh*

    • http://www.facebook.com/milesp2 Miles Phillips

      I would agree with you on your list, though I would put Nintendo at the top of the list. I say so because while yes steam is a large group of consumers it is not in my opinion pressing that two companies come together just so people can get a digital copy of something they can easily get a hard copy of. Granted I do understand where steam users want to play online with other steam users but its not that big of an issue to join origin to play EA games with friends until the EA/Steam situation smoothes over which could take years.

      Why I feel the Ninetendo situation is more important is 1: to keep a good image in the eyes of Nintendo users. Many people have stopped supporting EA and many other companies for making excuses not to support the Nintendo consoles.

      2: In the long run supporting a Nintendo console will pay off, I say this because in my opinion console gamers have much more sway than pc’s (note im not saying pc users dont efffect the succes of games)in the succes or failure of games. Failure to support any of the consoles for the ridiculous reasons most companies give is just plain moronic and hopefully EA will make the right decisions that will lead to an increase in succes for Nintendo, EA and Steam.

    • NkoSekirei

      the only company at fault here is Ea trying to force origin on the wii u by merging it with nintendo network and have complete control over it in which nintendo said no but if theres a way we can play battlefield 4 without origin then ill buy it but ill wait and see wat they have to offer to appease us

  • Elem187

    There is a chance… The new CEO will probably want to fix their financial situation. One way to do that is to put as many games on as many platforms as possible… even if the titles don’t sell gangbusters in the first month, they would be an overtime evergreen sales for the life of the system….. also with how bare the Nintendo selection of games are on the Wii U, putting titles out there will feed a game starved customer. That alone will bring sales.

  • ConCity Soldier

    Bye, bye, see ya! :-D Maybe Madden can be a better game on all consoles now. :)

  • DESS_M_8

    I hope it means they will stop blowin smoke up their own ass and start releasing quality ad stop stealing from their customers. I’ve bought every NHL game since 1992….. However not 2013. I have whole heartedly backed digital but when NHL 13 released at £57.99!!!!!? No chance. It then went through one price drop last month now the season is almost over down to :-O £44.99!! Bargain eh??? Not only that, dead space 3 and crysis 3 both launched at £59.99!!! EA is big enough and resourceful enough to provide quality games and not resort to theft.
    They could easily bring battlefield 4, NHL, madden, tiger woods, mass effect DLC, need for speed DLC and crysis 3 to wii u. If they were interested in making money that’s exactly what they will do. Creating a stalemate over new content due to crying over bein told they can’t run their origin store on the eshop doesn’t sound completely plausible, if so why hasn’t this happened with 360 and ps3/4??
    The boss has a chance at a fresh start for the company and restore their stellar reputation from the 90’s.
    Good luck an my fingers are crossed that the quality is forth coming, they release on wii u and they happily take my money (at a reasonable price)

    • DragonSilths

      It wasnt running Origin on the E-Shop. EA liked the Nintendo Network so much they wanted it to get absorbed into Origin to make it better. That would mean Nintendo wouldnt have the Nintendo Network at all anymore. EA doesnt like the Xbox 360 or PS3’s online as much as they liked the Nintendo Network.

      • DESS_M_8

        thats an even more unrealistic demand and sounds more ridiculous than what I thought the problem was. EA are well shut of the dead wood that was at the helm. I hope they take stock of their current situation an listen to how hated they are at the moment for their direction and decisions over the past decade and use this as a turning point to start heading in the right direction, supplying a steady stream of quality content to a waiting marketplace at a reasonable price. If I see need for speed released this week on the eshop for over £49.99 I will be appalled. A release price of £39.99 on the eshop would see me parting with my money on day one AND I would want to seethe movie legends DLC available later

  • uPadWatcher

    Let’s hope the New CEO reconsiders with Nintendo and release games for the Wii U and tell their developers to take full advantage of the console’s hardware as well as the Game Pad.

    • Dennis Fisher Jr

      Bruh I hope they do :/

  • DK_Hadouken

    Hopefully this will be change for the better. I want Wii U support, but I also want quality games. I’m sick and tired of mediocre games that require an immediate update, I’m looking at you MOH: Warfighter. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Because this will affect us all, no matter what is our platform of choice.

  • Johny

    i think its a good change… as EA has been up untill now it was HORRIBLE… the company was no more than a JOKE … and everyone knew it… (i wont get into the issue with nintendo and EA… we all know how that thing went)
    Well now, with the new head, the company could recover to a point as it once was.. + it likely means more nintendo support.

  • Tecpedz94

    To be honest i dont care much for EA they make a couple of good games and thats it…

    • D.M.T

      This is not about you, this is about Nintendo getting support from EA. Other people care about EA so their games need to be on the Wii U.

      • Tecpedz94

        Did i say it was about me i just stated my opinion which im loud to do….

  • nyjavi

    absolutely nothing, they are going to pick a new CEO and move on.

  • nyjavi

    In other news, we are getting another 2 year old port from square enix.

    • ConCity Soldier

      What’s crazy is my friend just let me borrow Deus Ex for my PS3 a few days ago. But I haven’t played it much yet. I still have it on me though.

    • D.M.T

      Dude, nothing wrong with getting an old game, especially if you haven’t played it yet. PS3 and PS4 are getting Diablo 3, a 1 year old PC game. Are Sony fans complaining? No they aren’t. People are too critical of Nintendo, give them a break will ya? You wanted 3rd party support right? Well you’re getting it.

      • nyjavi

        Yes but $50 no good, you can get this game with all dlc for 20 max

        • D.M.T

          The reason why old games are expensive on Wii U is because they are charging you for the time they spend porting the game to Wii U. They know the game is cheap now but they are charging you for the extra time they spend on it. Plus Wii U games play differently than other consoles, Wii U games must use the touchscreen.

  • GeDDeN

    I am a CoD Guy but WOULD BUY BF4 in a NANO SECOND! If EA decides to bring it to the Wii U! NANO SECOND!! EA come take my $$$$

  • incoherent1

    I can’t see any reason why they haven’t supported Wii U up to this point for any reason other than vengeance… [Please correct me if I'm wrong, but] It’s not like porting a game from 3 platforms to 4 adds that much to the development cost.

    Not supporting Wii U out of spite seems to be one of many bad business decisions he’s made the past few years. His job was to make money for EA and its shareholders, and withholding games from entire consoles for the sake of revenge is obviously counter to that goal.

    • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

      Publishers to Wii U (they have you know) won’t exactly make EA hit the mother lode!

      • incoherent1

        Agreed, especially with the currently low install base, but from a business standpoint if it costs me $200,000 to port a game to Wii U and I can make $250,000 of revenue ($50k profit) off it, then it makes business sense. If I owned EA stock, I’d be angry they are passing that up.

        And understood they have published a few games to the Wii U, but they certainly aren’t porting as many as they could while likely still making money off it.

        • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

          That makes ZERO business sense unless you are a small time unknown looking to make any kind of money. For EA, that is the kind of profit you can forget about.

          • incoherent1

            You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            Ok, then no need to explain anything else then.

  • InterTreble

    My personal opinion is that EA has a bigger problem with Nintendo than its sales: it is Origin. And again, my personal opinion is that Nintendo did the right thing, resisting to their arrogance. So I don’t think things will chage so easily. But as it’s tated in the article, what Ubisoft is doing with Nintendo is a great example of what a big publisher can and should do. It’s just a matter of willingness. And the article didn’t cite Watch Dogs that, in most cases, made a lot of haters puzzled!! The console and the games will sell together: I hope Nintendo’s masterpieces will be available as soon as possible. These games, together with Ubisoft blockbuster ones may give a decisive turn to the history of this console, at now a bit damaged by the lack of games.

  • Mickey Mouse

    Honestly, I think people are really stupid for getting angry at the always on SimCity connection. I’ve had very few problems with it, and I really don’t mind it. The online multiplayer adds a whole new element of gameplay, working with other Mayors for the common good. People should just shutup and play it, because it’s the best SimCity yet.

    I hope EA are now more likely to release games on the WiiU, with the old boss going. If they will only release games on systems with large install bases, then why did they shun the Wii? The Wii had the biggest install base this gen but they choose not to make games for it (at least games that could run on a Wii). They’re obviously not practising what they preach.

  • GermGerm

    I thought they said he became CEO in 2007…. then later it said he had been CEO for nearly 10 years…. hold on, let me get my calculator. Yep that’s definitely not nearly 10 years.

    • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

      I too observed that…

    • http://twitter.com/celebfanforwin John Joe Silver

      he was CFO or something like that before CEO so maybe they included that mistakenly

  • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2
    • DK_Hadouken

      I never read a statement from Nintendo stating that the Wii U is done. Video Game sales have been down. This effects the Wii U too.

      • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

        No, GAME (discs) sales have been down, but only the Wii U has not sold jack. The other two are not having issues!

  • B. Adriano

    Everyone who’s concerned about the EA and Nintendo relationship
    should really take it to the EA Facebook page, any of their sponsored
    forums or emailing them. We can’t just all complain about it on media
    outlets that EA may or may not read. It’s okay to share our opinions
    here but we should follow it up with them, just so they are heard by
    the right people and those people who can actually “change” things for
    the better.

    Just a thought.

    • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

      I have found Facebook to be the most effective since that is like talking to them directly. It is also like a billboard of their public image too. However, writing them won’t change the fact that the Wii U is not selling!

      • http://twitter.com/DJDALLYDEE Dallas Scott Cooper

        Well, you gotta have high hopes about it. Every consoles has gone through these kind of hiccups. Remember when the 360 came out? It didn’t have any good games for, like, two years after launch. It’s all about time. Once the consoles-seller games like Zelda, 3D Mario, and Metroid start coming out, then we’ll see more sales. And more ads.

        • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

          The difference was, the 360 had hype a name and respect behind it. It had good games, it just did not have many that made people see the clear difference in power from the last.

          • http://twitter.com/DJDALLYDEE Dallas Scott Cooper

            And Nintendo doesn’t have a name and hype and respect behind it? Nintendo doesn’t have good games? Nintendo and Wii U has that. It just doesn’t have the system-seller games right now that’ll get sales going. See, I know you’re not a Nintendo person clearly, but why be so pesimistic about it? I don’t like Microsoft at all, but I’m not gonna go over to their website and tell them I hate Microsoft. I don’t want to see Microsoft fall. I just wanna see the consoles compete to bring us better and better games.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            No, Nintendo clearly does not have the hype or a good name behind the Wii U. IF it did with these poor sales, then damn! You answered your own question – it does not have good games.

          • gobrowniesgo

            They are competing with themselves! not a single dev will make the leap for one console when the games that are coming out now have been built for the last gen.. And was MS or PS around to help build the industry between 1970-1995? NO… They had to take customers away from Atari,Nintendo n Sega. looks like the one with the tenure is Nintendo seeing how the others failed.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            Nintendo has failed. Nintendo is from the rebirth period, not the original, unless you count arcades. Too much talk about Nintendo’s PAST glories is why they fail now. If you were a major recording artists back in the 80’s and you keep making albums now and that no one knows about and all you talke about is your heyday, then you fail to realize that you are played out!

          • gobrowniesgo

            Thats why the wii outsold the 360 n PS3… oh one more thing just wait till you have no used games on your next system..

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            Same old argument. The Wii was a novelty item, novelty items sell but have no staying power. This is why the Wii U has not sold. The 360 won this generation and the Wii was not a competitive system, just a niche product. If MS makes it so that we cannot play used games, that won’t be too big a deal right off, but I am more concerned with the ‘always on’ aspect and a required Kinect. If those are real, then I am going PS4. If PS4 does some of that, then I am just dealing with the PC. The only way I would look at a Wii U under those scenarios is if I saw strong commitment and games.

          • gobrowniesgo

            lt is Nintendo, they will always have a strong commitment for thier systems..But if you want to spend 500+ on a system, l would go to pc..l got the U because l did not want to spend that.

          • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

            Well you cannot tell people what they want to spend, the people/market decides that. I like to invest in a system that I feel will last and not get closed out so soon. Nintendo has not shown much commitment for the Wii U thus far.

          • gobrowniesgo

            it’s 4 months old and has like 20 games not including the ones that are digital.not too bad..also they won’t do anything until the others actually show something..

      • Veries Seals

        I am trying to understand your point. I am not being an ass but I read your comments everyday and you seem to cause a lot of anger here and you seem to be proud of it. So lets look at some facts and I said this on IGN as well. The PS3 was ok. I have all of the last Gen consoles and I have a Wii U. I love my Wii U console. It is very refreshing play. Now many can hate on Wii U owners about having some of the older games from the other systems but lets look at it like this. Wii owners missed out on a lot of those games and always wanted them. The Wii U is selling Just fine about 4 million units in 4 months is nothing to sneeze at. They sold 3 million of those 4 in the 1st 2 months. So i say 4 million people is a lot of user base for a 4 month released console. If you do your math 4 million units selling at 320 dollars at the minimum (included tax sir) had mad nintendo over a billion dollars conservatively in less than 4 months. Hmm if you divide 4 into 1 billion you got a cash flow of around 320 million a month. But lets not get bogged down in math. The Wii U is here, now. Its powerful no matter how much more power you want to put to it. It is a capable console. Its fun for those of us who has taken the time to purchase a learn the consoles mechanics and possibilities and it is real. Unlike the PS4 or the Next XBox. Which as far as I am concerned for now only exist on paper. Sony showed off a few nice looking demos, and the same controller that that have used since the 1800’s with a touch pad added and now they are the future of gaming huh. but no console was shown. for all we know that was a pc running the demos because the hardware is not finished. they mentioned nothing but CPU and GPU. They said a hard drive but how large? no details on that either. So lets not start betting or relying on a console that you don’t have and to this date you have never seen truly running anything. Furthermore since we did not see this console really run the demos that leaves us to believe that it may not run as smooth as you think at launch. Look bro, you don’t have to like Wii U and that is cool, but don’t ruin it for all the people that do. “LUKE COME TO THE DARK SIDE!” Go buy one if you already have not and sit down and enjoy it. See what you like about it for yourself. Let no one stop you from a possible great experience. Hey…. I am a Nintendo fan boy true enough, but I like Sony and Microsoft too. They are all great!

        • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

          My comments do not cause anger, the people who are angry already have a rage from within that anything can let out. There are also those who are paid to post so they get made because I challenge their junior publicist BS.

          I am not sure where you get your Wii U sales numbers, but they sold 3M and that is WORLD-WIDE, not domestic! IF Nintendo is indeed taking a loss (I think they are lying, as usual) then they made no money from the Wii U. IF they did make money, how does Nintendo’s cash help publishers out?
          I am not ruining anything, Nintendo is doing a fine job at that. Most of the games are baby games, which if course do not show the power of the system. Talking bad about the other two real next-generation systems scores you no points because unlike Nintendo, they have a track record of making sure their systems offer what people expect. Hell, they usually give more. Nintendo has failed so hyping them up to try and sell the last few systems out there will only add to wasting people’s money.

          • Veries Seals

            Well if I offended you I apologized my bother in gaming, but you do seem a little angry in your post. Your even snapping at me right now and I simply asked you to have an open mind. I have been a hard core gamer for over 25 years. I think I know a little bit about gaming history and whats out there. I am not sure where this new baby gaming thing is coming from, because it is really not a valid video game issue. If you enjoy a game and it is fun then it is a good game to the respective player. Not all games are for all audiences. I am a grown man with kids and I love all types of games from the Lego Series to Assassins Creed. So I ask you what is a baby game? Its not about scoring points its about enjoying games. If you like the truth so much then you must admit that you don’t have a PS4 nor a Next Box in hand to base your theories on. So why brag on something you have never sat down and experienced to base your comments on. It is nice to look forward to what may be but I am just saying why brag on systems you have never experienced, just makes no since. I am totally excited about the next systems as well but I also enjoy all of the systems out today. And like I said. I have all current gen systems, a high end PC, a pretty respectable powerful MAC and a lot of the portables mobile and home. My numbers come from basic addition. Nintendo did not stop selling Units at 3 million sir. They should be half way to 4 by now, they still sell daily and monthly. When you divide the numbers by that you get what I displayed. I am not saying you should not like other consoles or not even have an independent position. But you should also respect that there are millions of people out there that has invested and are enjoying their Wii U’s and what is to come for it and want and deserve triple A titles as well. In turn we should respect your taste as well. But if you are going to be here reading Wii U articles, I think that you must have a little interest in the console. Why not approach this with an open mind. One thing I have learned is that people may not get the Wii U until they sit down an put in real time on it. Not just get on a kiosk and play GameStops milder games because they cant put adult games out because children frequent their stores. I now own 20 Wii U games ranging from Super Mario Bros. U to the Need for Speed U. Brother the console is nice and very fun. I hope you change your mind and invest some of your gaming time into Wii U. Mii Verse is way too cool and even though I do prefer the X-Box 360 avatars, mii verse has allowed me to meet and keep in contact will new gamers all over the world. I Now have friends from Canada, Europe, Asia and Japan! Its just a different experience. I truly encourage you to try it.

  • http://twitter.com/strykers82 Darnell Foster

    Good! EA definitely needs a change

  • http://twitter.com/DJDALLYDEE Dallas Scott Cooper

    Ugh, I really don’t like EA or its games at all. But hey, if they can get their reputation straight and bring us some damn games, then I’m 100% for it.

  • Bode

    I hope that EA does not flood the Nintendo platform with Fifa. Command & Conquer is welcome!

  • DragonSilths

    This is a chance at redemption for EA. Let the temp guy who was CEO before this dude repair EA and Nintendo’s relationship. He needs to apologize to Nintendo and be like sorry our last CEO was an idiot.

  • person

    that ‘chicken and egg/viscous cycle’ problem isn’t just limited to Nintendo/EA it plagues Nintendo’s relationship with EVERY 3rd Party Developer. Only Ubisoft seems to realise that the reason Nintendo gamers don’t play that many 3rd party games is because… THERE AREN’T THAT MANY 3rd PARTY GAMES FOR NINTENDO CONSOLES !

  • RicardJulianti

    EA used to have a better Nintendo relationship than any other 3rd party. They even said that it was the first next gen platform to be released and they were excited to develop for it. Then, less than a year later they claim it isn’t next gen and will be focusing their efforts elsewhere.

    They aren’t taking a “wait and see” approach, they are flat out cannibalizing sales. They release ME3 at full price to Wii U owners, but also release the entire trilogy for the same price everywhere else. They release NFS with the speed pack DLC at full price, but give the other versions new DLC that won’t be coming to Wii U. If EA wouldn’t try and power grab, they would have seen much better sales. Instead, they half-ass it and then use that as evidence that their games don’t sell.

    They could have released Crysis 3 and it would have sold well by default. Without any games on the system, people would have eaten it up.

    Other 3rd parties aren’t necessarily taking a “wait and see” approach either. The development schedules for most of the games releasing right now were too far along to port them well to the Wii U. Many of them were delayed in order to polish them, which means their main teams have already moved on. Why spend lots of money sloppily porting a game over and tacking on features, when the budget is already overblown?

    The next wave of games from developers will likely be on Wii U, especially if they are coming to the other next gen consoles. The Wii U version might have to be pared down a little, but 720p vs 1080p is not that big of a difference…..the human eye has a hard time detecting it anyway. At worst it will be a PS2/GCN/Xbox situation, but more likely it will be Medium-High PC specs vs High-Ultra specs type difference.

    • http://www.facebook.com/laurence.smith.315 Laurence Smith

      I agree with everything except for 2 things 1. I don’t think a wave of new WiiU games will come they will come but don’t expect a lot till next year 2. the difference between 720p and 1080p is a UGE difference go play something in 720p and then play something in 1080p like Cyrsis 3, MGS4, COD , or a bluray like Avatar. BIG DIFFFERENCE to general consumers its not but trust me the human eye can DEFINITLY tell.

      • RicardJulianti

        That’s what I meant….the next wave of titles from those third parties that haven’t brought games to the system. The first wave of PS4/720 titles will be on Wii U…so yeah, next year.

        You have to judge the same source material on the same screen size. If you have a 50 inch tv and sit closer than like…9 feet, the difference between 1080p and 720p starts to become noticeable. farther away they look the same. If you have a smaller screen, you have to sit closer to be able to tell the difference. And that is only if you have perfect vision.

        It’s science. http://carltonbale.com/1080p-does-matter/

  • Alienfish

    I always thought this guy was a douche anyway. I hope he ends up on a street corner pan handling so I can wipe my butt on a dollar and give it to him. Good riddance.

  • Silent

    THank you ashley! Thank you for bringing us the good news!

  • MetroidZero

    Perhaps BF3 will now come to Steam. Screw Origin.

  • $41809923

    i would love to see a command and conquer game for the wii u hope its a new game

  • Only a few are true gamers

    Glad this guy is gone.He was starting trouble for nintendo..now they can move forward and the loser is out of a job

  • Chris Traill

    I don’t understand all the hate for EA, there are other third parties who are not even supporting the system whatsoever so surely they should be shown just as much even more so hostility.

    As for the question regarding whether EA will change there ways…The answer is no, simply because Nintendo don’t have enough of an install base at the moment in comparison to that of Sonys PS3 and Microsofts X360…Let me ask you if you where a CEO of a games company would you support a system that has not a great deal of people owning said system or an older system that has a huge proportion of people already owning said system?

    Remember this a company is going to support a company that gives them a huge profit and at the moment the Nintendo and the Wii U will not do that for EA.

  • greengecko007

    This could be good. But there’s an old saying “expect nothing but hope for the best”. Probably appropriate here, after all, the new CEO could do the exact same things.

  • JuleyJules

    I do hope they get a better relationship with Nintendo. I miss Tiger Woods and want it on Wii U even if its TW15. I’ve never played Dead Space, Crysis or Battlefield but bring them on for Nintendo Wii U – and Steam! The more platforms the better as more sales will only drive further games. Why limit to only Sony/MS? I know it was due to sales looking back but looking forward get them out there to more people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Mahr/1251011565 John Mahr

    Maybe a better chance now for a Tiger Woods version on the WiiU

  • Bode

    who is the master of BS now? Keep talking…

  • http://twitter.com/DJDALLYDEE Dallas Scott Cooper

    Nintendo is the past, present, and future of gaming. They built in-home console gaming. They gave us the rumble pack. A lot of games these days go back to take pointers from Nintendo games. Nintendo gave us the directional pad. Nintendo gave us handheld gaming. Nintendo gave us motion gaming. And most importantly, Nintendo still has the integrity that a developing studio should have. Their level of quality in games isn’t surpassed by any other. Nintendo is gaming. And wanting to see Nintendo go down is sick. Why not see all three giants rise instead of one fall?

  • NkoSekirei

    the only future u have is living under a bridge u douche

  • Mario

    Yeah! Nintendo will always exist! No matter how low they are, they will always get up and do their best again and again.

  • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

    I noticed that the majority of what you wrote was from the distant past and concerned what Nintendo had DONE, not what it is or will be doing. This means that you are living in the past and hoping that people love Nintendo because of it’s past. With technological wonders like the 360, PS3 and their new systems – who needs old school Nintendo?
    To write that Nintendo still makes the best games shows why Nintendo has failed and is on the check out. This will serve them good since they refuse to adapt and always think that they are a premium game company or somehow offers something better than the other two when they are not even up to standards.

  • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

    Yeah, but sometimes your best is not good enough.

  • Jim Coles

    I need old school nintendo knowledgeiswhatsup because I have children. Actually the wii u is my second ever console my first the wii. Both my kids have a 3DS each and neither of them want to play killzone or halo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.nashton.372 Edward Nashton

    I completely disagree, while Nintendo never has the best graphic power of its generation they care enough to innovate the gaming process, examples: motion controls, handheld connectivity, virtual boy, etc. Unlike ps360 which are stuck on the same formula they’ve been using since day one.