The Wii U Is Unofficially Dead And You Can Blame EA
Peter Donnell / 4 years ago
The Wii U hasn’t had the best start in life, it has struggled to win over the mass market and Nintendo have had the industry equivalent wake up call as the Wii U fails to meet their expectations. Now I’m not going to say the console it rubbish and isn’t selling well, simply because both of those things would be a lie.
The Wii U is selling steady, the hardware performs really well too and while some articles will tell you otherwise, the graphics are pretty top notch too, but there is one thing missing from the Wii U and it’s as blatantly obvious as a giant pink elephant, GAMES! Nintendo is really slacking on the big first party releases, the consoles sellers, the ones that are the only reason you should buy Nintendo, Zelda, Mario, Smash Bros, Star Fox, Zelda, more Zelda, more Mario, you get the idea, but there are certain games you can only play on Nintendo and well… there aren’t exactly a lot out there right now.
To make matters go from bad to worse, not only for Nintendo, but also for anyone who actually owns a Wii U, or of course anyone that intends to buy ones, EA has all but abandoned the Wii U and when someone as big as EA walks away, you can bet others will follow suit. After trying and failing to get the Frostbite 2 engine running on Wii U EA didn’t even bother trying to get Frostbite 3 running and performance just wasn’t good for their current and next-gen engine. EA has 15 games in development that use Frostbite game engine, Army of Two, Battlefield, Mass Effect, Dragon’s Age, Need for Speed and more are all in development and unless something incredible happens (not likely) then none of these games are coming to Wii U… ever.
It’s not a high priority for EA to scale down their graphics, change an entire engine for the Wii U and push their games to the platform either, as its for the most part cheaper to buy a console like the Xbox or Playstation 3 and have the game run better and the Wii U is already having a hard time, so it’s a financial uncertainty for EA. In short, Nintendo is in big trouble.