The 1%: Why EA ditched the Wii U

by Ben Salter 8 Comments 9 Likes 4,600 Views 31/10/2013 Back to Wii U news FIFA 13
The 1%: Why EA ditched the Wii U

EA's move to abandon the Wii U has been validated by financial figures that show just 1.3 percent of its software revenue in the last financial quarter came from the Wii U and Wii combined.

Of the US $695 million in revenue during the period, $9 million came from Nintendo consoles.

If we're just taking consoles, by removing PC and handheld sales, 3 percent can be attributed to Wii and Wii U compared to the Xbox 360 (54%) and PS3 (42%).

While EA left the Wii U months ago, not that many games have missed it during this financial period. Last year's Need for Speed was there shortly after launch, as was Mass Effect 3 and a fake version of FIFA 13 — and an even older version was released as FIFA 14 on Wii this year, but not Wii U.

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The 1%: Why EA ditched the Wii U Comments

  • Jayden27 2343 XP 31/10/2013
    When looking at the console only figures, that's not all that bad, honestly; especially when you consider the arguably weak titles released.
  • Gryllis 347033 XP 31/10/2013

    @Jayden27 said: When looking at the console only figures, that's not all that bad, honestly; especially when you consider the arguably weak titles released.



    It's reason enough to not waste time on it though. At least, not more than re-releasing FIFA 08 or whatever it is with updated squads on Wii and PS2.
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  • Jayden27 2343 XP 31/10/2013

    @Gryllis said:

    @Jayden27 said: When looking at the console only figures, that's not all that bad, honestly; especially when you consider the arguably weak titles released.


    It's reason enough to not waste time on it though. At least, not more than re-releasing FIFA 08 or whatever it is with updated squads on Wii and PS2.


    Well, yeah. What would had happened if EA scrapped those re-releases for Wii and PS2 and looked at putting actual new FIFA on Wii U? Sometimes you've got to take a chance.

    Surely EA has the leg room to take a hit. Who knows, they might find a new market on Wii U?
  • Gryllis 347033 XP 31/10/2013
    Surely it wouldn't have been that hard to release Fifa 14 on Wii U as well -- it's already on 360/PS3.

    But last year they released FIFA 12 as FIFA 13 on Wii U, so obviously something's up - maybe it's easier to port a finished game to Wii U than develop for it simultaneously with the other consoles.

    Side bar: The FIFA on Wii/PSP/PS2 etc is an absolute disgrace. A 5 year old game they're scamming people to essentially pay for again with a patch included [Rage]
  • 1wiierdguy 8698 XP 31/10/2013
    So they released a gimped version of Fifa 13, Mass Effect 3 at full price whilst bringing the Trilogy to other systems on the cheap and Need for Speed months late! Geez EA I wonder why your games didn't sell? -_-
  • Tano 341577 XP 31/10/2013

    @1wiierdguy said: So they released a gimped version of Fifa 13, Mass Effect 3 at full price whilst bringing the Trilogy to other systems on the cheap and Need for Speed months late! Geez EA I wonder why your games didn't sell?



    Well, they serviced the audience Nintendo said they were marketing the console at. If those games aren't selling to Nintendo-only buyers, why would they buy any new EA games?
  • 1wiierdguy 8698 XP 31/10/2013 +2
    Why would a "Nintendo-only" audience buy into the third part of a trilogy? Why would they buy a gimped version of Fifa? NFS should have sold better but by the time it came out EA had already left a sour taste in the "Nintendo-only" audiences mouth. Canning Crysis despite it being all but complete, announcing no Battlefield 4 or Frostbite 2 engine, Hell they had even canned Madden by that stage.
  • kangle4 28220 XP 31/10/2013 +2
    When you release crappy versions of games what do you expect?
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