EA: "The Wii U is crap”

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You may have heard that EA is not exactly supporting Nintendo’s Wii U much – and likely won;t support it in the future. That in itself is bad enough – but now we have one of EA’s software engineers taking the gloves off completely, saying that the Wii U is “crap.”

"The Wii U is crap," EA engineer Bob Summerwill said in a now-removed, no-holds barred Twitter tirade (via CVG). "Less powerful than an XBOX360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet. Nintendo are walking dead at this point."

"Nintendo platforms have always been very poor revenue-wise for third parties," he said, regarding EA’s lack of support for the platform. "Only Mario and Zelda make money," he said.

He believes Nintendo’s being a little backwards, unlike its rivals which are all sticking to the same standards.

"Sony, MS, Apple, Google all following the same playbook… standard, powerful, hardware, with focus on software and services. "Nintendo are still operating like it’s 1990. They should have ‘done a Sega’ and offered Mario/Zelda as PS4/Durango exclusives," he said, believing that Nintendo should exit the hardware business to focus on software, much like SEGA did after its last console, The Dreamcast failed.

"Instead they make this awful console, and [Wii Street U]. Just stop it! Just make great games!" he pleaded.

He says EA won’t be supporting the platform, because Nintendo is no longer the domain of the family and casual market.

“…Wii U isn’t where that family/casual market is. It’s on mobile/tablet now. It is an utterly intentional decision to focus our resources on markets which actually matter… like mobile, and Gen4," he declared.


What do you think? Is Summerwill being a little harsh on Nintendo, or is the Wii U really a terrible machine, destined to fail? With the current landscape and trend of developers giving up on the Wii U, things certainly aren’t looking too good for the future of the console.

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Last Updated: May 20, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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