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Wii and Wii U Make Up 1% of EA's Quarterly Earnings

by Zack Kaplan - October 31, 2013, 3:32 pm PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/435930/wii-an..., Computer and Video Games

Nintendo handhelds also do little in the way of sales.

Electronic Arts (EA) recent financial report revealed that their games on the Wii and Wii U only make up 1.3% of sales.

The total amount earned last quarter on the Wii and Wii U was 9 million. Sales from games on Nintendo's handhelds only accounted for 0.7%. In comparison, sales on the PS3 (18.8%) and Xbox 360(24%) were much higher. Mobile games made up 10.8% of sales and PlayStation handhelds 1.0%. PC dominated with 39.4%

It is worth noting that EA's most recent releases on the Wii U and Wii were Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Wii U), in March, and FIFA 14 (Wii) which was the same game as FIFA 13, but with updated rosters.

Talkback

ShyGuyOctober 31, 2013

Haha, considering the amount of current product they put on the systems last quarter, DUH.

ThestrategeryOctober 31, 2013

This just seems like bad press for Nintendo...and it's not even good bad press. So they stop supporting the system and make no new games for it then bash nintendo for games not selling well? Hmmm yeah makes perfect sense!

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterOctober 31, 2013

When every game you have released on the system has in some way either been gimped or delayed by 6 months I'm amazed they managed to reach 1%

CericOctober 31, 2013

Honestly 1.3% is pretty good considering the only thing they released.  .7% from 3DS shows their not even trying.

Though to tell you the truth I'm really Surprise about the 39.4% for PC.  I guess the Sim line is still strong.

MetalMario2October 31, 2013

This is an EA failing, not a Wii U failing. In order to sell a game for the Wii U, EA would have to actually RELEASE a game for the Wii U.

Kytim89October 31, 2013

EA could have easily gotten my money if they had made a complete Mass Effect Trilogy, Battlefield 4, and a Dead Space Collection for the Wii U with full DLC support, but since they choose to be the assholes that they are then they will not get a penny from me ever again.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorOctober 31, 2013

Thank you for adding the part in about what EA has actually released on the system.  So many gaming sites are leaving that part out.

Pretty sure the only 3DS game they released last quarter was also FIFA 14, which was the FIFA launch game with updated rosters. And they had the unmitigated GALL to pull the equivalent of SMT IV pricing in the one market it might have sold in (Europe - 50 pounds/euros).

So yeah.

azekeOctober 31, 2013

Ubisoft was on board on Wii U since day one.

You know to what all that support amounted to in their reports? Whopping 4 percents (or was it 7, don't remember).

Considering EA has been doing nothing spitting in the face of Wii U customers all this year 1% is an astounding achievement that should be celebrated. By someone...

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusNovember 01, 2013

Quote from: UncleBob

Thank you for adding the part in about what EA has actually released on the system.  So many gaming sites are leaving that part out.

Seconding this bit of good footwork. Context is crazy important.

MetalMario2November 01, 2013

Quote from: azeke

Ubisoft was on board on Wii U since day one.

You know to what all that support amounted to in their reports? Whopping 4 percents (or was it 7, don't remember).

Considering EA has been doing nothing spitting in the face of Wii U customers all this year 1% is an astounding achievement that should be celebrated. By someone...

ZombiU sucked, Rayman Legends was delayed for eight months for no reason, and we're not getting any of the DLC for Ass Creed 4. Don't make it sound like Ubisoft is Nintendo's staunchest ally.

azekeNovember 01, 2013

Quote from: MetalMario2

Don't make it sound like Ubisoft is Nintendo's staunchest ally.

I am not making it sounds like anything.

It's the truth. Ubi and in somewhat lesser sense -- Activision, these two are the only big third parties left who still bother with Wii U.

We (and me) may hate Ubisoft for delaying Rayman, but they still are releasing their premier titles on it.

Mop it upNovember 02, 2013

Hm, and which systems didn't get Madden...?

nickmitchNovember 02, 2013

Quote from: oohhboy

Quote from: UncleBob

Thank you for adding the part in about what EA has actually released on the system.  So many gaming sites are leaving that part out.

Seconding this bit of good footwork. Context is crazy important.

NWR: Putting the Journalism back in Video Games Media Websites, Blogs, and Editorials.

nickmitchNovember 02, 2013

According to this, EA has had roughly 50 individual releases this year with 3 being for Nintendo systems. This is just pettiness.

ejamerNovember 03, 2013

It's a shame that Need for Speed didn't sell better. Decent game from all accounts, even if it was released four months too late so that nobody really cared anymore.  But I can't look at anything else EA released on Wii U and think it's worth buying - whether due to timing, releasing notably better and/or cheaper versions of the same game on other platforms at the same time or earlier, or simply releasing games that aren't of good quality.


Maybe Wii U releases were doomed to fail regardless - given the small install base and fickle buying habits of Nintendo "faithful" that's entirely possible. But in the case of EA it seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy to me.

azekeNovember 03, 2013

I might have got Need For Speed if it had proper splitscreen multiplayer. Alas...

Yes, i know it's open world. I don't care. Splitscreen or bust.

StratosNovember 03, 2013

I plan on getting NFS when I get a system. It's around $18 new on Amazon. That is a nice thing about having 3rd party titles release on a Nintendo console: their prices drop much faster and farther than Nintendo's own releases. But that isn't good for 3rd parties who rely on initial sales and don't look to create Evergreen titles.

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