EA’s Wilson on returning to Wii U: ‘we’d never count Nintendo out’

Tuesday, 2 July 2013 09:48 GMT By Dave Cook

EA has stopped publishing games on Wii U for the time being, and in a new interview, EA Sports head Andrew Wilson has suggested that the company hasn’t turned its back on Nintendo’s console entirely.

Speaking with MCV, Wilson was asked what Nintendo needs to do before EA can star publishing on Wii U again. “I build for a userbase,” he replied. “I made games on Facebook because I thought people were there that wanted to play them. Then it became apparent to me that either I had the wrong game or they weren’t there.

“We had a strong offering on Wii U at launch. The platform hasn’t had the take-up. Our games hasn’t had the take-up we’d have liked. So at this moment we are not focused there. Now they could do a range of things that might change that situation, and we’d never count them out.

“And should there be a sizeable gamer base there in the future, we would build games for Wii U. But for us it’s less about building for a platform, and more about building for a group of gamers on a platform where they are. And sports gamers weren’t there.”

Wilson’s comment follow those of Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot, in which he said Nintendo needs to sell more Wii U consoles before it can commit to more exclusives on the format.

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