Madden NFL 25 benched for Wii U

EA Sports' pigskin sim won't be appearing on Nintendo's flagship console this year

One of Electronic Arts' biggest annualized multiplatform hits will be a no-show for Nintendo this year. EA Sports confirmed for Nintendo World Report today that Madden NFL 25 won't be hitting the field on Wii U.

"We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013," a representative told the site. "However, we have a strong partnership with Nintendo and will continue to evaluate opportunities for delivering additional Madden NFL products for Nintendo fans in the future."

EA Sports had a Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 on shelves in time for the system's launch last November. However that version was missing some features, such as the Madden Ultimate Team mode and the "Infinity Engine" procedurally generated physics system introduced in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.

Madden NFL 25 will also be skipping the 3DS, according to the report. The series' only appearance for Nintendo's current handheld came at the system's March 2011 launch.

Electronic Arts has released a total of four games for the Wii U to date. Three of them (Madden NFL 13, FIFA Soccer 13, and Mass Effect 3) were launch day ports. The fourth, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, hit shelves in March, nearly five months after it debuted on other platforms.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
we have a strong partnership with Nintendo
You have the funniest way of showing it.

And after making a personal appearance at their E3 media briefing last year.

One must ask...what happened?
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Private Industry 7 years ago
I was thinking the same.

Rumours are that EA worked with Ninty on the online network and they wanted it to run Origin and in the end Ninty did their own thing. If true I dont know how they could believe that would work given Nintendos track record of working with other companies and sharing profits with the prime example being the CD add on that was in the works for the SNES developed by Sony.
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Tim Ogul Illustrator 7 years ago
But the Wii U is still doing fine. Tootally fine.
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games7 years ago
I think most people will tell you that it still has the potential to do fine rather than doing fine. 3DS had the same issues. Now it is the best selling core game device in the world. If it keeps selling (or not selling:P) like that same time next year, i will "worry" about wiiU. Look into the titles coming up the second half of the year.

Let's not get into the same discussion for the nth time!

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Yiannis Koumoutzelis on 3rd May 2013 2:29am

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
Werner, that debacle with Sony was a problem on both sides of that fence. Sony wanted full hardware, licensing and branding rights which essentially would have made Nintendo nothing more than a 1st party studio. Nobody would have agreed to that. However, Nintendo backed out of the deal in a very disrespectful manner by having announced a new deal with Philips for the disk drive at the same show that was originally supposed to display the Sony developed one.

But there are instances of Nintendo doing just fine with vendors. Matsushita (now known as Panasonic) was at one time a hardware rival (well, conceptually as their console never launched) but has designed and developed the disk drive and optical media for all of Nintendo's disk based consoles. Of course, that's to say nothing of the fact a console has parts from several hundreds to a few thousand individual vendors anyway.

Look at how different companies are actually the ones developing Nintendo services and internal software. So I don't think the problem is simply working with another company or sharing in profits. I think it's the specifics of the deals that make or break them.

The rumor that EA wanted Origin to be the backbone of the Wii U's online service and Nintendo didn't may have a lot of merit. Nintendo did use Gamespy for the Wii's online service so they are not against using an external service to power their online. Perhaps it was volume of control, percentage of profits, restrictive natures, incompatibility of Origin with other Nintendo Network services, etc....

Either way, EA jumped on the Wii U train early with very vocal support and then bailed. It didn't help that even their software support was specious at best. Mass Effect 3 at launch for $60 only to announce Mass Effect Trilogy on other platforms for $60.
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers7 years ago
We really don't know how the Wii U will perform later this year because Nintendo is keeping their cards close to the chest when it comes to what they've got in store software-wise for later in 2013 - we'll know at E3.

Also, pointing to the 3DS turn around is not an adequate counter argument as to why the Wii U will do well. The portable console market is different than the home console one, and the competition is also different. The Wii U has to compete for mindshare with the PS4 and Xbox The Third this year. Also, Nintendo helped stimulate 3DS sales with a significant price cut - that basically led them to taking a wash for that fiscal year, and they seem reluctant to take a similar measure with the Wii U.

The Wii U can turnaround, but there's nothing guaranteeing that it must turn around.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange7 years ago
There are less reasons for PS3 and 360 owners to upgrade since most of the games that are coming this fall for the NEXTBOX and the PS4 will be also available on current gen hardware. Games will have to look "16 times better" if they want people to buy the next gen versions. (This is in comparison to the amount of RAM on current vs next gen).
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games7 years ago
David you are right, it is not mandatory for this to happen, . but what it tells us, is that things can change at any point in time depending on the circumstances. The same happened with PSP. Nobody cared about the poor thing. But when some people were done with their DS and had all models, they invested on a PSP as well. The same applies on PS3. There were a few nice games these last years and it managed to sell more. So i think we should just wait and see.
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Tim Ogul Illustrator 7 years ago
PSP never worked in the US. I ended up buying a used one several years into its life cycle, but pretty much everyone stopped developing for it in the west after the first couple years, and even most imports never go translated because nobody cared enough.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 7 years ago
@Tim: Have you checked PSN lately or a few smaller publisher's sites? PSP games are still popping out. In smaller numbers, but the system isn't quite dead just yet...
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 7 years ago
On the top ten list of reasons you know your console isn't doing good, number one would be" EA refuses to bring out the latest Madden to your new console". Yup, the most over-milked franchise of the last 20 years is skipping the Wii U. I really don't get it because variety has always been one of the reasons Madden has sold so well. Even if the Wii U version wasn't going to neccessarily sell better than the other versions theres still people who own that system that would want to play it.

For Nintendo the problem is even bigger since this isn't even the first game thats been canceled for the Wii U and this game was one that doesn't really get canceled for any systems. I hope Nintendo has a very strong holiday slate of games to fall back on because they are seriously going to need it.
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games7 years ago
i know madden is a very very popular franchise, a landmark for many american console gamers. a staple if you will. but i do not think the rest of the world cares much!

Tim as Graig said, you should have a look at overall sales of the device and how popular it became in a period of 2 years before 3DS started taking over. It managed to double unit sales world wide. indeed, as you say in its majority of lifetime it was ignored and ashamed. An embarassment for Sony. Same as PS3. But at some point it picked up, for various reasons, (two of which being quite a few good games and a generous price cut) and made a healthy something around 80-90m of units and a decent game library.
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