EA Confirms FIFA 16 Won’t Appear On Any Nintendo Platforms

If you were waiting to play FIFA 16 on a Nintendo platform, you’ll be disappointed to hear that EA has decided its upcoming soccer simulation game won’t be appearing on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS or even Wii. Instead, the game is being developed for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. According to Polygon, this will be the first FIFA to be unavailable on any Nintendo platform since 2000. Last year’s entry skipped Wii U but was released on 3DS and Wii.

EA Was Working On Sim City For Wii U But Canceled It

Well it turns out that EA was previously working on a Sim City title for the Wii U, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but decided to cancel all versions. It’s not readily apparent as to why the game was canceled, but EA obviously decided it wasn’t fit for purpose so cancelled it.

Thanks, Bia

Former EA Boss Is Now The New CEO Of Unity

Former EA CEO John Riccitiello has been announced as the CEO of Unity. Outgoing CEO, David Helgason, has said that Riccitiello is what he describes as a “heartfelt believer in the indie scene”. Here’s what John Riccitiello had to say about his new position at Unity.

“Unity has been a hugely positive force in the games industry for years,” Riccitiello said. “Now it’s my incredible fortune to have the opportunity to help guide Unity going forward. Unity is more than a great engine or packages of services, it’s an amazing and diverse community of developers, many of which are changing the way we think about game design and production. Unity’s mission – to democratize development – is an important one that I’m very happy to help drive forward.”

Thanks, N-Dub Nation

EA Explains Why It Brings Games To Smart Devices Instead Of Nintendo 3DS

The chief operating officer of EA, Peter Moore, has explained why his company prefers developing titles for smart devices instead of Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. The company, which stopped producing titles for the two dedicated gaming handhelds, thinks that opting for smartphones and tablets would provide more favorable results in the long run.

“We were supportive of both of those platforms,” Moore said. “But then you’ve got finite resources and you’ve got teams that say, ‘We really think that two or three years from now, these are the platforms that people are going to be consuming games on.’ And you look at the quality of what you can do on phones and tablets… Sometimes strategy is not about what you do but what you don’t do, and you have to make some hard calls when you’ve got only so many people. To my point, we’ve got to be planning for FY 17 and 18. Do you think the Vita and 3DS are going to be around in some shape or fashion by then on a scale level?”

FIFA 15 Coming To Wii And 3DS, But Skipping Wii U Again

wii_fifa_15EA has confirmed FIFA 15 will be coming to all platforms bar from Nintendo’s home console the Wii U. In a press release, the publisher has listed a worldwide September release for the upcoming football title on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, while a stripped-down version will arrive for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, as well as 3DS and Vita handheld systems.

By all accounts, EA will release the Vita, Wii and 3DS versions under a “Legacy Edition”, similar to FIFA 14’s release last year. But whether or not these versions will just receive an updated kit roster or more remains to be seen. FIFA 13 was the last in the franchise to arrive on Wii U, but performed poorly in sales leading to FIFA 14’s cancellation on the platform.

EA To Close Online Services For Select Wii And DS Games By June 30

EA will permanently close online services for select Wii and DS games by the end of June, the publisher has announced. The news follows GameSpy’s closure at the end of this month after providing a number of older games with online multiplayer and matchmaking services. EA has issued an updated list of all games affected which use the GameSpy platform, and below you’ll find a list of all the Wii and DS online game services shutting down. Earlier this year, Nintendo said it would discontinue all online services for Wii and DS games on May 20.

Wii Online Services

  • Bejeweled 2
  • Dracula – Undead Awakening
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Green Day: Rock Band
  • MySims Party
  • MySims Sky Heroes
  • SimCity Creator
  • Sneezies
  • The Beatles: Rock Band

Nintendo DS Online Services

  • Dragon Sakura
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • FIFA Soccer 09
  • FIFA Soccer 10
  • FIFA Street 3
  • Madden NFL 08
  • Madden NFL 09
  • MySims Racing
  • MySims Sky Heroes
  • Need For Speed: ProStreet
  • Need For Speed: Undercover
  • Skate It
  • Spore Creatures
  • Spore Hero Arena
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08

Peter Moore Apologises For Frostbite Devs Troll Tweets

Peter Moore, the Chief Operating Officer at EA, has taken to Twitter to apologise for the troll tweets published today from an anonymous developer on the Frostbite engine Twitter account. Moore says the tweets were not condoned by EA and presumably the person involved has had a stern talking too. You can read the deleted tweets below.

Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda.

Frostbite will power #HalfLife3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive.

Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our ‘netcode’. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU.