EA engineer slams Wii U viability for third parties

EA Sports dev criticises 'crap' Nintendo console

EA software engineer Bob Summerwill has criticised Nintendo's Wii U console for being 'less powerful than Xbox 360' and lacking viability for third party publishers.


Summerwill, who according to this Linkedin profile is a senior software engineer and architect at Electronic Arts, launched his attack on the Wii U via Twitter in response to posts relating to EA's current lack of Wii U development.

"The Wii U is crap," began Summerwill's multi-post outburst. "Less powerful than an XBOX360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet. Nintendo are walking dead at this point."

Summerwill went on to say that, "Nintendo platforms have always been very poor revenue-wise for third parties," claiming, "only Mario and Zelda make money," in reference to the historical trend -particularly on Wii - for first-party Nintendo titles to dominate software sales on its platforms.

Summerwill criticised Nintendo's hardware philosophy with Wii U when compared with its current rivals. "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, suggesting Nintendo exit the console business as did Sega after its failed Dreamcast console in 2001.

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

Speaking more specifically about EA's present lack of Wii U development, Summerwill said, "Yep, we've got plenty of problems, but 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 added, with 'Gen 4' being how some publishers are referring to the next generation of consoles (PS4/next-Xbox).

EA yesterday confirmed that it has "no games in development for the Wii U", delivering a potentially devastating blow to Nintendo's Wii U campaign.

Earlier today, an EA rep confirmed that there will be no FIFA 14 on Wii U because of the "disappointing" sales of FIFA 13 on the console. This comes after the publisher confirmed it will also not be releasing a Wii U version of this year's Madden NFL 25.