[Rumor] Have EA and Nintendo relations begun to sour over Wii U?
Nintendo gave the middle finger to EA's service, Origin, on the Wii U. Special Thanks to Alpha Unit for bringing this to my attention.
Editor's Note: This comes from an unsubstantiated source on Reddit and should be taken only as speculation or rumor. Some of the facts do line up with real world events, but I doubt that so much information from such a meeting would leak. Additionally, I don't know how much information external parties would really be privy to i.e. "gained the good graces of Ubisoft and Valve". Nintendo seems far too careful to share Meeting Minutes with a competing third-party. Fact or Fiction, who really knows?
In the beginning, Nintendo worked with EA to create the online codes, username accounts, connections to social networks, and pretty much everything to do with the online services. In return, Nintendo would allow EA early access to Wii U development kits before all other companies developing for the Wii U. This was good news for BioWare, who apparently wanted to put a Mass Effect trilogy collection and Dragon Age 3 on the Wii U. Here is where things started to get messy.
Nintendo of Japan and EA were meeting in Kyoto, where the Nintendo of Japan representatives where showing EA their new online services, the Nintendo Network and Miiverse. According to someone who was at the meeting, the EA executives “got greedy”. EA offered a deal to Nintendo to bring tablet and mobile connection to the Wii U, along with grouping and Facebook and twitter.
Along with this, they would give Nintendo high quality online services that would be even better than Xbox Live and PSN. The catch? Nintendo Network and Miiverse would have to become Origin exclusive.As you may have guessed, Nintendo immediately rejected the proposal, seeing as it would do WAY more harm than good.
Good news for Nintendo however, is that this news greatly pleases other third parties such as Ubisoft and Valve. In a way, Nintendo lost the good side of EA, and gained the good graces of Ubisoft and Valve. It is also rumored that Valve is hard at work at 5 games appearing on the Wii U over the next 5 years, starting with a Left 4 Dead prequel.
This probably isn't true...
The Valve-part here ruins the reliability of these reports completely.
EA's pissed because they found a company they couldn't push around, plain and simple.
Gaijin is a baus lol
I'm sorry, but I have a hard time believing any of this. Sure, EA are a bunch of greedy bastards, but even they're not that greedy. The story also falls apart with the Ubisoft and Valve she-bang.
So no, I don't think any of this is real
I never followed NFL 13 for Wii U but from what I've seen so far FIFA 13 on Wii U will be at least as good as on xbox 360/PS3, so I don't really believe in this rumor. But even if it turns out to be true: I'd rather have better support from Valve and Ubisoft than from EA, especially since Wii U tries to target the hardcore audience as well. Who knows, maybe Valve will learn to count to 3, and that could help Wii U as well.
Didn't Snake have a rocket launcher?
Agreed. This rumor is preposterous. Given Nintendo's history of shielding its core from major players like Sony (i.e. the Playstation debacle), there's just no way that they'd let EA this close to their inner circles to tinker with their new Wii U baby. The only thing this rumor really does well is get us all psyched for the dream team possibility of the Big N joining forces with Valve, but that unfortunately is just as unlikely. To imagine just for a second that the house that Mario built would help Valve count to three is enough to make anyone flip out like Keith Apicary going "Assassin's Creed!" into a trash can, but let us all take a deep breath and wait for any shred of hard evidence to prove this to be true.
and then gaben invites miyamoto to the valve snack table and everyone buys a wiiu with steam integration.....well i can pretend thats going to happen at least
Okay, so, what I have gathered from this is that a.) EA is getting overly pissed of because Nintendo rejected their service, b.) somehow Ubisoft and Valve caught wind of this and c.) there's is now an announced Left 4 Dead prequel on the way.
I mean, yeah, EA sucks major ass but they're still a company, they're not idiots. I find it hard to believe they would fuck up a deal with Nintendo, the gaming masterminds that continually sells more hardware unites than Sony and Microsoft, because they rejected a service on the WiiU, especially when you consider EA is already making an online service for the WiiU anyways, pretty much just meaning they offered to replace most of their work on the WiiU for shit Nintendo doesn't want.
Unfortunately, because of their no-gun policy, I don't see that happening...
... BUT IT'D BE SO FREAKIN' COOL...
So first, EA said that Nintendo was going to fail in the hardware market and end up software only, and now their pissed off that Nintendo declined to use Origin? You had it coming EA.
Why would Nintendo even need EA to put Facebook and Twitter on the Wii U? What does "tablet and mobile connection" on the Wii U even mean? EA does not make tablets or phones. This doesn't make any sense.
I don't think this is true. While I know EA is greedy as hell, I don't think there stupid enough to try to make Nintendo features Origin exclusive. It's Nintendo!
Good for Nintendo. I make it a point to not buy EA games anymore. And here's hoping the three current gen consoles can find a healthy market in all age demographics. Am I defending Wonderbook? You bet I am. Problem? Deal with it.
While I'm not saying EA wouldn't pull a move like this given the chance, if the WiiU aims to succeed in the North American market they are going to need all the 3rd party support they can get. Having EA in bed with them like this would prevent them from being unbiased in their approach of 3rd party licensing, especially when EA would have direct control over everything in the online realm by using Origin as a portal. I just don't see this as something that actually happened, but then again I wasn't there.
They've always been the enemy.
I want to see some TF2 characters in SSB4, think about the scout, heavy and the spy kicking mario's ass.
EA: We have a new enemy.