Electronic Arts Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore has taken to Twitter to discredit an earlier claim from a supposed anonymous EA source that Nintendo is "dead" to the third-party publisher/developer conglomerate.
"Don't trust 'anonymous sources'," Moore warned. Speaking to CVG, the alleged EA source had said that "Nintendo was dead to [EA] very quickly. It became a kids IP platform and we don’t really make games for kids."
Speaking for EA on his own behalf, Moore called Nintendo "a great partner," adding, "They never have been, and never will be, 'dead' to EA…"
While EA may not consider Nintendo "dead," the company does have some concerns with the Wii U. Back in July, Moore called the lack of online engagement on the Wii U "troubling." Apparently, the community is so small the company doesn't feel it's worth running servers for. Because of this, the Wii U has very few EA-published titles heading to the system. It's reported that the Wii U will miss out on at least 15 games from EA including the next Mass Effect, Dragon Age 3, and several future Star Wars games. For most of those titles, it comes down to the Wii U being incompatible with DICE's Frostbite 3 engine.
So even though the Wii U isn't "dead" to EA, there's clearly a lack of titles in development for the console. That, in and of itself, is troubling for Nintendo fans.