VETERAN GAMES MARKETER Electronic Arts (EA) apparently is shutting the door on further game development for the Nintendo Wii U.
The Wii U has been a bit of a slow burner. Nintendo has watched as it was outsold by other, older hardware models, and although EA was present with games at launch, it looks like it is going to walk away whistling.
Nintendo told us that it would not comment on a Kotaku report that saw company spokesperson Jeff Brown dropping the bombshell. "We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," he said.
In April Nintendo blamed poor sales of the Wii U on a lack of available game titles, saying that while it had a decent launch new and exciting games had dried up.
"Wii U was not able to maintain the initial sales momentum after the beginning of 2013 due to a delay in the development of subsequent software titles," it said.
"Operating loss increased primarily due to the sales of 'Nintendo 3DS' and 'Wii U' being weaker than expected,"
The Wii U sold 3.45 million hardware units and 13.42 million games in 2012, and was outsold by the Wii. That much older console shifted 3.98 million hardware units and just over 50 million software titles during the year.
EA apparently is still keen on other consoles. "I've been with the company long time," said Brown, "And we have never been better positioned for the launch of new technology, either mobile or console." µ
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