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Madden a NO GO for Wii U this year. EA reaffirms it still has a "Strong Partnership" with Nintendo.

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Not sure why this comes as a shock to people. The previous version sold only 30,000 copies. At the moment, it's just not worth EA's time and resources to develop and release the next version on the Wii U.



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There was a time EA ignored Nintendo back in NES/SNES days... meh Nintendo will be fine. EA will come around in 2014 after Wii U is well over 10m sold and rest of next-gen is less than 1/2 that.



pezus said:
Yeah let's drop the Vita >_>.

What about FIFA? That is a more important franchise by far


I guess it depends on which side of the pond you live on.  Madden in the states is a big deal.  The MLS barely gets any coverage; the English premier league gets more coverage on ESPN than the MLS.  Also, the best of the American players end up going abroad.



Arcturus said:
Not sure why this comes as a shock to people. The previous version sold only 30,000 copies. At the moment, it's just not worth EA's time and resources to develop and release the next version on the Wii U.

30k on a rushed port that didn't even include the latest technology they put into Madden. (i.e a port of the previous years game)

Let's low ball it and say EA makes $25 per game sold, as it did retail for $60.

That's $750,000 on a crappy late port. I'm sure they made money on it.

There is no way they expected much more considering it was a crappy port that was advetised to be missing key upgrades. I mean not only was it luanched months after it came out on PS360, but it was basically the previous years game which means it was really over a year late.



superchunk said:
Arcturus said:
Not sure why this comes as a shock to people. The previous version sold only 30,000 copies. At the moment, it's just not worth EA's time and resources to develop and release the next version on the Wii U.

30k on a rushed port that didn't even include the latest technology they put into Madden. (i.e a port of the previous years game)

Let's low ball it and say EA makes $25 per game sold, as it did retail for $60.

That's $750,000 on a crappy late port. I'm sure they made money on it.

There is no way they expected much more considering it was a crappy port that was advetised to be missing key upgrades. I mean not only was it luanched months after it came out on PS360, but it was basically the previous years game which means it was really over a year late.

...and lets back out all the important stuff you conveniently left out, such as the cost of maintaining servers so people can play online, the huge licensing and royality fees that have to be paid to the NFL



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superchunk said:
There was a time EA ignored Nintendo back in NES/SNES days... meh Nintendo will be fine. EA will come around in 2014 after Wii U is well over 10m sold and rest of next-gen is less than 1/2 that.

Im sure in 2014 the combined total of the PS4 and next xbox will be that or greater than the Wii U, plus they still have the PS360 to fall back on...nice try though



Billjw said:
burninmylight said:
Billjw said:
I'm pretty sure madden skipped the 64 a few times

Madden hasn't skipped Nintendo since the SNES's early years.

OT: More and more evidence that our suspicions of the fallout between Nintendo and EA are true. I was wondering if EA's CEO stepping down a couple of months ago might mean they'd take steps toward repairing that partnership, but I guess not.


Madden 64 came out a year after the 64 released and it didn't even have the NFL license.  So in fall of '96 there was no release of madden for nintendo

Thanks for the correction!



I find this thread both shocking and outrageous.

People still care about Madden?



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Train wreck said:
superchunk said:
There was a time EA ignored Nintendo back in NES/SNES days... meh Nintendo will be fine. EA will come around in 2014 after Wii U is well over 10m sold and rest of next-gen is less than 1/2 that.

Im sure in 2014 the combined total of the PS4 and next xbox will be that or greater than the Wii U, plus they still have the PS360 to fall back on...nice try though


he thinks nintendo is going to sell over 7 mil wii u in the next 8 months. as of right now they are in line tosell another 500k in the next 4 months. i think its impossible to reach ten mil. i think nintendo is scaling back production and retailers will be conservative with their orders. superchunk is banking on big games to launch the wii u. that might happen but if it does i can see nintendo running into shortages and not keeping up with demand instead of massive sale (which needs to be the case to reach 10mil).