EA: Nintendo needs to “sell more boxes” before publisher can return to Wii U

Monday, 17 June 2013 13:00 GMT By Dave Cook

EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has stated that Nintendo needs to sell more Wii U consoles in order for the company to start producing games for it once more. Despite having four titles out on Nintendo’s console, Gibeau has said they haven’t sold well, confirming it’s a matter of monetary return for the publisher.

Speaking with Joystiq, GIbeau said, “The only thing they can do to fix it is to sell more boxes. We’re a rational company, we go where the audience is. We publish games where we think we can make a great game and hit a big audience, and make money. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we have an industry.

“We shipped four games [for the Wii U]. We shipped Madden, FIFA, Need for Speed and Mass Effect. In fact, the last Need for Speed shipped 60 days ago had a pretty good Metacritic. It was a good game. It wasn’t a schlocky port, we actually put extra effort into getting everything to work. And it’s just not selling because there’s no boxes.”

In response to EA’s stance, Nintendo of America’s head of corporate communications Charlie Scibetta said, “EA is a great partner of ours, they’ve had games on our platforms before. They want what all third parties want and what we want: for the install base to grow.

“We’re confident that once some of these games come out that we have planned between now and the holiday and into 2014, that it will help drive the install base and when that happens the platforms will look more enticing to third parties.”

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