Another Big Third-Party Game Skips The Wii U

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For the first time since 1991, a Madden game will not be released on Nintendo's primary/current home console.

A statement sent by EA to Nintendo World Report says:

We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013. However, we have a strong partnership with Nintendo and will continue to evaluate opportunities for delivering additional Madden NFL products for Nintendo fans in the future.


Sure, you could point to this and say it's another blow for Nintendo's beleagured console, already suffering from a lack of third-party support. Madden is, after all, one of the biggest-selling games in the US.

But then, considering how few people were playing the game last year - when Madden 13 did release on the Wii U - it's not like it's making a difference either way.


Madden Skipping Wii U in 2013 [NW, via Go Nintendo]

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For the doomsayers, I'll note this:

The majority of multiplatform games not coming to the Wii U are from EA.

So no, that doesn't mean the Wii U is officially dead, just that EA is shitbutts because Nintendo turned down Origin being their main service. "Strong partnership" is bullshit, especially when this has happened to every single one of their titles post-launch.