The Wii U is already standing on shaky ground and it didn't help matters any when EA recently decided to stop developing titles for the console altogether. Launched in November of 2012, the Wii U has suffered from poor sales and a dearth of gaming content since the beginning, with Nintendo's president even apologizing to customers at one point.
Now, it looks like EA Games is at least softening its stance a bit, albeit not without taking another jab at Nintendo's beleaguered console.
"You know, I think Nintendo's business was more [an] extension of their last console," EA CFO Blake Jorgensen told Polygon. "We are building titles for the Nintendo console, but not anywhere near as many as we are for PS or Xbox."
Ouch. Jorgensen doesn't even consider the Wii U a proper next-generation console. Still, the fact that EA is still developing titles for Nintendo's console is a big improvement from where the Wii U stood even last week. And while Jorgensen has his bets on the Xbox One and PS4, he remains open to the possibility that customers might still choose otherwise.
"I think what the consumer will find is a lot more powerful gameplay with the new boxes that are coming out, and a lot of excitement, but it'll remain to be seen as to the services associated with those as to how consumers decide which direction they might want to go."
Nintendo better hope that customers decide they want EA titles on the Wii U, because when it comes to blockbuster video games, there aren't many studios that can do what EA does. Just to name a few, the company has published the Battlefield, Mass Effect, Need for Speed and Dead Space series.