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

Monday, 17th 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.”

Do you think Wii U can deliver the kind of stats EA needs to see moving forward? Let us know below.

Thanks MCV.



  1. ps3fanboy

    i have already bought one, so step up guys and do the same. then we will see big aaa third party games on the wii-u to. just think how awesome battlefield4 could be on the wii-u with the second screen controller :D

    #1 1 year ago
  2. backup

    ninty = dead

    #2 1 year ago
  3. CyberMarco


    BF4 on Wii U, not gonna happen…

    #3 1 year ago
  4. RandomTiger

    Drop the price Nintendo, drop the price….

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Sini

    nintendo should just stop the bullshit and say their consoles are for playing nintendo games, and any extra third party title they don’t co-publish is a bonus. Wii had huge user base, third parties still didn’t make any money.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. MCTJim

    Got one for my youngest for Christmas last year. Set up that day only to find a 1.9G update and then it had to be applied..nice job Nintendo :(

    I think the system is a niche machine..nothing really new and the current selection of titles are b titles at best.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. John117

    One day I will buy this machine, get myself the newest Mario, Zelda and Super Smash game. Play them and then sell the console on Ebay when I’m bored of SSB.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. The_Red

    System needs to get games to sell.
    System needs to sell to get games.

    Nintendo: Here is new Donkey Kong and 10 more Marios.

    #8 1 year ago

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