An anonymous source reveals information in regards to the future of the online capabilities of the Wii U.
An anonymous EA Intern has revealed some information in regards to what EA has in store for the online component of Nintendo's next console, Wii U. Supposedly EA is talking with Nintendo in an attempt to make their service, Origin, a large part of the next console's online strategy.
EA is apparently already assisting Nintendo in building new online features for the system. These different features include voice and video chat support, leaderboards, and a more detailed friend list. A quote from the source claimed that "Many publishers are happy with Xbox Live’s features, but they aren’t happy with how strict Microsoft’s guidelines are. Nintendo went with an open flexible approach with online because when Nintendo asked developers/publishers what they wanted in an online service, that was the number one thing they asked for."
With EA already helping Nintendo so closely to build the new console, it may also result in EA's Origin service come to the system. Having Origin on a console would attract many new players to EA's product, while Nintendo could see it as "as an opportunity to rebuild relationships with Western gamers because they feel that only a massive western company such as EA understands what is needed to make an online service attractive to western gamers."
According to the anonymous source, EA Origin is not the only digital distribution platform fighting for a spot on Wii U. Valve is alledgedly attempting to get their Steam service onto the console, but it appears EA is fighting for this not to happen.
Time will tell if these rumors are true, as Nintendo will surely reveal more information over the course of the next year.