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EA Says No Wii U Games: Is Nintendo Dying?

by Shane McGlaun

Historically, Nintendo has been one of the strongest companies in all of the gaming realm. Back in the 80s, the Nintendo game consoles were the most popular out there and even only a few years ago the company did exceedingly well in both the mobile and console markets. Things have begun to change significantly for Nintendo and its profits are plummeting as a result.

Nintendo took another hit this week after EA, one of the biggest game developers out there, announced that it had no new games for the Wii U in development at this time.


Considering the struggles Nintendo was having getting customers to purchase the Wii U already, knowing that some the biggest game franchises on the market such as Madden and FIFA will no longer be available is a significant blow.

In fact, back in the late 90s when EA decided not to produce its incredibly popular sports games for the Sega Dreamcast, Sega never produced another console. Could EA’s decision to develop no more games for the Nintendo Wii U be the end of the console? Without high quality and popular games the console is certainly on life support.

Perhaps Nintendo should start to think like SEGA, and reinvent itself as a software company. Can you imagine playing Mario Bros. or Metroid or Zelda on your iPad (without hacking.)

[via Kotaku]

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Comments (4):

  1. Bob says:

    The reason Nintendo is failing is the core users. They were tempted by the world of untapped casual gamers and forgot that the core gamers are who made them. Nintendo is competing with XBOX or PlayStation. They are competing against the iPad and Surface. When most people already have a tablet why do they need to spend another $200 on a console and $65 on a game when they just want to play a $5 download? Nintendo forgot why they were successful and their new business strategy is going to make them collapse.

  2. Locknuts says:

    EA are not currently in a position to take risks. Wii U is a risk. EA needs guaranteed money or they will face continued declining revenues. While Nintendo is also seeing some operating losses, I feel that EA’s lack of support for Nintendo is more reflective of their own financial position. If Activision or Ubisoft start pulling support, Nintendo are in serious trouble as those companies are in a position to take risks on new hardware.

  3. trlkly says:

    If they weren’t hurting, they wouldn’t be going after let’s players. Particularly ones where they said it was okay just a couple months ago.

    And, honestly, I kinda hope they do become a software only company. I never thought I’d say that, as I’ve always been a Nintendo fanboy, but I am no longer.

    Still, I’m not sure that EA is in the same position it was back in the Dreamcast days. Wait until other companies announce the same thing.

  4. Pyro says:

    While I do love Nintendo games, I don’t really want to buy a wii U or a 3ds, I only wish that Nintendo games will get ported to other consoles or maybe on the PC.

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