Nintendo NX: We Have Never Said We Won’t Support Nintendo, EA’s Peter Moore Says

“Obviously a lot of details are still to be unveiled.”

Posted By | On 18th, Aug. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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At this point, it is clear that Nintendo have a lot of third party support lined up for the NX- right now, most of Japanese publishers, such as Square Enix and Sega, seem to be on board with the system, and even western third party publishers, such as Ubisoft, Warner Bros., Take Two, and Activision, seem to be going all in on Nintendo’s upcoming system.

The one company whom we have not heard anything about the NX from, in any capacity, remains EA. EA famously refused to support the Wii U after its initial year on the market, and they never supported the Dreamcast at all- and both systems went on to bomb spectacularly on the market. That may just be coincidence, but the question of EA’s support for a new console remains a pertinent one.

In an interview with Eurogamer, EA’s COO Peter Moore was asked, point blank, about whether the company would be supporting the new console. It turns out that he refused to give a straight answer, beating around the bush a lot- though his answer certainly didn’t sound negative, per se.

“I don’t know – obviously a lot of details are still to be unveiled,” Moore said. “EA has developed for Nintendo for 30 years and I was famously quoted as saying we’re still good friends. I have lived the console cycle’s ups and downs – I launched the Dreamcast. Some publishers got behind that and some didn’t. But certainly, EA has never come out and said it won’t develop for Nintendo.”

He went on to point out that Nintendo’s success is ultimately contingent on one thing, and one thing only- Nintendo’s own first party games, which, he stressed, are ‘brilliant.’

“Nintendo has always based its success on its first-party games because it is a brilliant first-party developer,” he enthused. “If you asked that question to them they’d say they have to launch with first-party software first – that’s where the first dev kits go.”

To be fair, he’s right- EA have never said they won’t support Nintendo. The trouble is, they haven’t said that they will, either. What are we to make of this? Are they just waiting till the NX has been officially revealed, or are there really no concrete plans to support the system right now? With the NX reveal rumored to be coming in a month, we’ll have the answers soon- for now, all we can do is speculate.

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  • Troy Marcel

    I don’t see any real support from EA, they might release a few games and when they see no real tractions and give up all together, just like the WII U.

    • Gabriel Porto

      The main problem for them is spec. They’re having problems with their games running on Xbox One, imagine how their games would run on a smartphone GPU? They’d need to build an entire different game just for NX, if that ARM rumor turns out to be true.

    • Miles

      Yeah big N screwed up this one again

    • Light23K

      They have not reveal it yet so don’t judge. Rumor has it that NX will be powered by the tegra X2 and if so it’s got plenty of power. Since Nintendo is the only innovator in the video gaming segment.

    • simon

      I don’t think that is really true. Frostbite is highly scalable. And if NX is really weak, which I think it’s gonna be (not complaining), they have Frostbite GO engine for mobile that should work. The problem I think is that EA games just don’t sell as well on Nintendo platforms as they do on Xbox and Playstation. And that can be enough to stop them from wanting to invest.

    • Gabriel Porto

      They have performance issues with Xbox One using their engine. The thing is, it works for mobile games? Sure.

      Good luck with console quality games on ARM using Frosbite.

  • Darth Vader™

    Then where’s the Wii U support? Were there even any on the Wii? I don’t think EA has actually really supported Nintendo for a long time.

  • Riggybro

    Hmmm who wants EA games on Nintendo anyway? Yeah sure a nice bonus if they did but it’s not really the right market.
    The great thing about Nintendo is they provide a real alternative to dudebro XB and PS.

  • Nintengods

    Nintendo has already won the 9th generation. EA should either get on board or be left behind.;

  • On top of the thousands of ‘PC’ titles (thanks to backward compatibility) a PC can also play NES, SNES, GB/C, GBA, N64, DS, GC, Wii, 3DS and Wii-U…

    Ummm… so what can Nintendo NX play again?

    Console vendors are so greedy it makes them short sighted & very stupid. Sony, Microsoft (XBox) and Nintendo have all squandered their past game libraries by abandoning their past customers who are stuck with games they can’t play anymore. Why won’t these vendors bring their libraries with them with flawless emulation and a way customers could register their games for life on their platform? Imagine if all “Playstation” games could be played on a “Playstation” console! It would make perfect sense. You would never leave the ecosystem because you could not afford to walk away from your library.

    If I purchase a game on Steam, or GOG – they will look after upgrades to make it play on the next version of OS without costing me a cent. They make my existing library the reason why I can never abandon them… I have this feeling it’s getting too late for console vendors to figure it out.


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