CVG has spoken to an EA source that wishes to remain anonymous who has told the publication that “Nintendo was dead to us very quickly.” The source then went on to say that the company felt that the Wii U was becoming a platform for kids IP and that they weren’t interested in bringing future core titles to the struggling platform.

“Nintendo was dead to us very quickly,” one EA source told me when asked about why the publisher fell out with Nintendo so soon after committing to the system.

“It became a kids IP platform and we don’t really make games for kids. That was pretty true across the other labels too. Even the Mass Effect title on Wii U, which was a solid effort, could never do big business, and EA like Activision is only focused on games that can be big franchises”.

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  1. It doesn’t matter, does it EA? People is always saying Nintendo is for kids even though there are countless mature games that aren’t on other consoles. Just something you say just so you can stop releasing games and blame it on this!!! There is a reason you are nominated for america’s worst company you know ;)

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  2. What a load of rubbish from EA. Nintendo does stuff for everyone.

    They just know their stuff will not sell because its the same stuff over and over again. Ubisoft have put a better input than this clown-like company….

    Nintendo’s stuff is just unparalleled.

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  3. They should know better than to talk shit about another company, especially one like Nintendo, when they’re considered one of the worst themselves for 2 years in a row.

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  4. Do Wii U and 3DS owners care anymore? Weve managed without their broken IPs for a while now, plus something tells me they are still mad about that ORIGIN ordeal.

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  5. “EA like Activision is only focused on games that can be big franchises”

    And there we have it, good folks. Typical corporate sellout bullshit.

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  6. i blame both. even if you denied it fifa games could have help boost the wii U in the west. most of the west doesn’t care about the wii u because it doesn’t have sport games.

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  7. Bahahahaha “We don’t make games for kids” I’ve seen more kids playing your yearly spewed out sport game shit than I have adults EA. Hell you even marketed Dead Space 2 as “Your mom will hate it.” God damn idiot hypocrites.

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  8. I don’t care at all about EA just about some of their developers like Ghost, Criterion or in some cases Dice but that’s about it.

    If you’d wanted ME3 to be a success then you should have either released only the Trilogy for it or the Trilogy not at all.

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  9. You people really are stupid. You think pointing out that kids play mature games is something. It’s why Nintendo is a joke for actually making kid games when kids want to play mature games.

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  10. I know several kids who enjoyed EA’s Sports games, and I was one of the. The GamePad could have been used all all sorts of ways, and the balance board things like Snowboarding.

    I hate when they get all like “Video GAMES aren’t for kids”

    Not buying their products after this statement, ever.

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  11. I think we’ve all heard consumers who are biased against Nintendo products spout “LOLOL NINTENDO S 4 KIDS!!1!”, but I have to admit, this is the first time I’ve heard a company representative say it.

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  12. EA is a publisher I would love to see disappear. They killed BioWare and Dice, two of the best studios you could find, full of talented people who don’t even have the time to make good games.
    Those guys are obsessed with money and don’t see shit around that, Poor dudes really…
    Funny how the “source” quoted Activision. The two worst publishers in the world gathered in one sentence. Some may puke.

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    • oh man, demkin – you doesn`t know how right you are! But don`t Forget- EA is responsible for most bankrupt companys. E.g. they bought Westwood => command & conquer for PC and consoles died in a few years, they killed bioWare & dice and the good series of games from them ended. EA killed so many funny and cool games. in my good times ~2000 – there were so many strategy-games out there. nowadays you can search for them!

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  13. It’s true EA doesn’t make games for kids. It way to hard for EA to get childeren to spent money on microtransactions. This is just a case of poor marketing from EA. And trash talking other company’s because you can’t develop for them is just lame

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    • your Name says everything, Troll!

      Get your Facts right:

      #WiiUhasbetterGamesthanPS4 (Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, Mario Kart, Fast Racing Neo, X etc)
      #NoMario3DWorld4PS4
      #DEAL WITH IT ;)

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  14. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  15. This is why Nintendo should make an IP for other audiences, third parties companies just act as if Nintendo is a “baby company for baby people.” I just saw the comments and I already see people being ignorant saying stuff like “EA is the worst!” Or.. “Nintendo makes games for everyone, like Bayonetta!!” Nintendo does make games for kids, you can not deny this. 98.9% of Nintendo’s franchise are for kids (or teens.) aged 3 to 16. Nintendo rarely does games exclusively for the older audiences. If Nintendo made an IP for the older audiences, it would create a whole new fan base from which Nintendo can actually trust to buy their console. Do you really expect kids to buy their own console at launch day? Likewise, third-parties will actually trust Nintendo’s consoles since Nintendo has brought the older audience to Nintendo’s console.

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      • Are you telling me that? I disagree, just look at Miiverse, seeing a place invested with those childish, idiotic comments. There is no clear evidence that states there are more adults playing Nintendo games then kids. Give me an evidence or news article or whatever that states that more adults play Nintendo games then kids.

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    • Exactly, but when you are in a drone infested site what do you except ?? The kiddos here can’t be taken serious lolzzzzz

      #WiiUExposed
      #WiiU4Kids
      #StayMadFanboys
      #WiiUSalesGetWorstEveryWeek
      #DkIsGoingToFlop
      #Discontinue2014
      #GetOverIt

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      • your Name says everything, Troll!

        Get your Facts right:

        #WiiUhasbetterGamesthanPS4 (Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, Mario Kart, Fast Racing Neo, X etc)
        #NoMario3DWorld4PS4
        #DEAL WITH IT ;)

        oh and dont Forget, sonydrone:

        #PS4BLOD2.0 = equal to 10-15% dead consoles
        #PS4ControllerBad
        #PS4SalesGetWiiUNiveauTooCause NO Games cause thirds are delaying their games ;) Even Watchdogs won`t come before june!
        #PS4-Games-are-having-funny-errors-like-E2.xxyyzz which destroys savegames after 24-50 hours of gaming # and no solution in sight! All games are bad! #hardware-failure

        Discontinue 2014? What? Are YOU mad Boy? Oh why did i even ask?

        Donkey Kong going to flop? Are you so sure about that? If yes, then lets get it on. BET ON IT if you have balls!

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  16. This is why Nintendo should make an IP for other audiences, third parties companies just act as if Nintendo is a “baby company for baby people.” I just saw the comments and I already see people being ignorant saying stuff like “EA is the worst!” Or.. “Nintendo help make games for everyone, like Bayonetta!!” Nintendo does make games for kids, you can not deny this. 99.9% of Nintendo’s franchise are for kids (or teens.) aged 3 to 16. Nintendo rarely does games exclusively for the older audiences. If Nintendo made an IP for the older audiences, it would create a whole new fan base from which Nintendo can actually trust to buy their console. Do you really expect kids to buy their own console at launch day? Likewise, third-parties will actually trust Nintendo’s consoles since Nintendo has brought the older audience to Nintendo’s console.

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  17. Oh you mean kid franchises such as Pokémon? What is even funnier, is that these “kids” IP such as Pokémon has become so profitable for Nintendo, that it has created a franchise for so many years, even a card game is based off of the game.

    I do not think EA can successfully make a proper franchise without even ruining it anymore. Mass Effect 3 was such a debacle, they lost key players from Criterion. Origin is easily hackable. People at Maxis are not happy with the recent release of Sim City that the possible franchise is probably dead.

    They lost majority of the ability to create new innovations, that each sport game has such minor upgrades from the previous games and still charge the consumer full amount. These minor upgrades should be downloads and no more than $5 maybe $10.

    There ports over to the “Wii U” was such a hack and slash and at the same time screwing over the consumer for those who purchased the Wii U by releasing the ME:Trilogy for cheaper on other consoles than Mass Effect 3 for the “U”.

    Then wonder why it did not sell?

    Tho’ I will admit Most Wanted for the U is great, but only because Criterion really put much effort into the game.

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  18. aaaaaaaand I don’t care. Honest true, I wished for EA, once in a lifetime, helped Nintendo by releasing some of their games on the Wii U (Mirror’s edge 2, anyone?) not fucking ports…but that’s life. Not that their opinions are going to affect me. I’ll keep buying games from people who are willing to back up Wii U (Platinum games deserves more love).

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  19. wow sim city was so great NOT!!!! what a fiasco that was they don’t just hand out worst company in America for no reason. EA should just get the fuck out of the usa and do us a real favor :)

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  20. Remember when they said they had a GOOD partnership with Nintendo…. yeah I don’t think they like Nintendo that much… but atleast we know Nintendo doesn’t pay people to say how great their games are (Even if some of them are mixed)… Seriously… fuck you EA

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  21. the only thing that EA is good with is the Sims and they better put the Sims 4 on the 3DS and WIIU, make sure the PC game does not have any game breaking bugs in the main one and the expansion, and put the all of the expansions as dlc for the 3DS and WIIU instead of just putting pets on the 3DS as a retail game

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  22. Game is crappy on console: blame the console, not the porters
    Game is crappy on all consoles, blame an specific console for their failure
    Game is good, milk it so the next is crappy and blame the console
    The violent cycle of EA

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  23. I call bullshit on this ms teacher lady. EAs games are pretty much kids and teens 101. Especially if you’re from the south. Nintendo’s games bring out the youth in their audience, but there’s a difference between targeting kids and targeting the kid in people

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  24. Nintendo better get its shit together asap! I didn’t buy my wii u only to look at other consoles with cool games. Freaking “Left for dead” hasn’t been announced yet and I have this horrible feel when it does it ain’t coming to the wii u. I been a fan of Nintendo since the 1st consoles and it sucks to hear this but I guess it’s their undoing. Personally the wii u might make a comeback, the game pad is great, with development costs going up I hope many developers consider that going in. Also what’s with nintendo direct why can’t Reggie do the American version with news about western developers and western news. What the hell is Nintendo of America doing right now anyway. I’m losing faith in this system and the only thing thats keeping me here are my preorders and ssmb and I have no idea when that coming out! I mean Jesus Christ why is “sakura” doing the coding himself !

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    • Agree with Reggie, dont agree with “get its shit together”
      Nintendo has been doing what they can to give support
      EA is just being butthurt, specially since they are doing bad on their main games(FIFA and Maden not included)

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      • Sorry bout my outburst just got done doing my taxes and was in bad mood…But I think its time that nintendo focus more on wii u instead of the 3ds which is doing great right now. Hell I even picked up the zelda/3ds bundle this christmas…and its my first ever handheld ever. 2014 should be great got games on Pre-order…screenshots of SSMB looks crazy and so does Mario Kart! But who else is craving like “Hero of the Obelisk” would be Pimp! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAS2aE7dNrg

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  25. I`m fine with that cause i don`t buy any more games from EA. Criterion are welcome, cause Need for Speed was NO EA-Game and it was Good and Criterion is gone from EA (they fleed)! But EA? NO MORE! Go home, EA. DIE, EA! NO one wants you, thats why you deserve to die- that is why you get the “worst Company 2013” Thing. Ist your own fault- i mean, Battlefield 4- what is that? Do you guys call this Thing game?

    What is with “Sim City”? The same Thing is going on. Where is Command & Conquer? So now you have to take consequences out of that and for accusing Nintendo or calling the WiiU “a Piece of shit”: Thats why my girlfriend now stops buying sims-games too. So better luck next time EA!

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  26. Uhh…Activison supports Wii U…they say they want to fully support it. Though all that’s missing from them is Destiny…someone at EA is forgetting that Skylanders and COD are kid IP’s. While Mario 3D World looks like a kid IP hardly any kid can 100% the game lol.

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  27. And EA quit Nintendo cause of the Origin temper tantrum. Then went on to win Worst Company in North America for 2 years. If they were partnered with Nintendo lets just say no company gets named worst company when partnered with Nintendo.

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  28. Damn……… there needs to be some of those old trolls here right now to make you guys cry even harder, so much of you are fucking crybabies.

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  29. Nintendo forgot about core gamers ever since Iwata got in charge. When they sold Rare, Silicon Knights, Left Field, broke the relationship they had with Factor 5. When they put Retro (the one and only western studio they have left) to work on another 2D side scrolling baby game. One only has to look at all Nintendo TV commercials. All of them are aimed at babies, casuals and grannies. The only ones happy with the output of games from Nintendo in the past years are babies. And babies will mention one or two “hardcore” games from Nintendo, one game a year is supposed to keep core gamers happy lolol. Only babies play one game a year lololol. Don’t forget about “Operation Rainfall”, if it wasn’t for that, games like Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower would have never been released in the West, as Nintendo had no intention whatsoever of releasing those games in the West as their target audience is babies. Thank you Mr. Iwata for turning Nintendo into the baby games company!

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    • First of all, that was Rare’s fault. It’s their fault for allowing Microsoft to buy them out.

      Second of all, that “2D side scrolling baby game” (Donkey Kong) sells more than any of Retro’s previous games combined.

      As far as I can tell, you’re the baby here.

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    • Iwata didn’t forget the core with the DS…He started to with the Wii…And now how fully CHOSEN to ignore the core fans. We say we want Starfox he says we cant give you that but what I can give you is CHIBI ROBO!!!

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  30. “…and EA like Activision is only focused on games that can be big franchises”

    Because big franchises are real masterpieces, right? WRONG! Mass appeal games nowadays suck pretty quickly and lack any imagination. e.g. the run of the mill COD shooter

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  31. EA are a bunch of wankers anyway, the only reason they’re still here is because of FIFA and the sims (animal crossing has kept me playing for months, I was bored with sims 3 after a few days).

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  32. Whoa….EA definitely burrrrrrned Nintendo. Still, it’s just one employee. Let’s not jump on the anti EA bandwagon folks! One person does not represent a whole company by any stretch of the imagination. It may be different if this was the CEO….but he isn’t! Anyway, they’ll probably crank out some titles for Nintendo’s next console

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  33. wii u is dead to ea because ea got ass hurt that origin was not integrated to nintendo’s eshop. we dont need ea, we got crapcom, sega, atlus, ubisoft, activision, krapnomi and crap-enix for 3rd party support

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  34. I’m just glad that none of the actual GOOD companies are this moronic. At least, I don’t THINK they are?
    Looks like EA loves their “worst company of the year” status.

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  35. You’re kidding, right? EA’s games are all meant for kids, that’s 80% of its sales. I think that’s why most families don’t buy Wii U, they don’t trust their brats with a Gamepad tablet even if more kids are ending up with a larger amount of tablets at younger ages these days. Games will lead to tantrums or stupidity and flying Wii remotes at a TV. EA go fuck yourself, getting as annoying as Patcher or whatever that old dudes name.

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  36. no matter what nintendo gets the small side of the stick vita sales arnt great and third party support dosent melt away the ignore the vitas sales like they do the 3ds it dosent matter wii u selling bad nintendo doomed by the way is it me or when someone says something is doomed it sounds so illogical.

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  37. And now, the unprecedented partnership was already ended, thanks to EA who destroys Nintendo’s life.

    Whenever I’m looking forward to The Sims 4 release, and you’ll stop supporting Nintendo already? Go to HELL!!!

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  38. What’s an EA? Is that some sort of Battlefield or something?

    Seriously though, EA has lived long past their glory days. Now, they sound like Apple when ever they add a stupid feature to their phone.

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  39. ea games fucking suck all there sports games play them selves you dont even have to touch the controller, the dumb down a.i does everything for you.battlefeild is just a glitched up piece of shit with frame drops lag and getting kicked from servers.e.a sucks @ making games and sucks as a company its sad when your two biggest money makers are the sims and simpsons tapped out.i really wish e.a ends up like thq!!!!!

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  40. EA know that Nintendo will still let them publish on the Wii U even after all the trash talk. Wonder if they signed the same confidentiality agreement those Youtube people signed.

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