Posted By: wraggster
This year's Madden NFL game will not release on the Nintendo Wii U, EA has confirmed. It is the first year since 1991 that a Madden game has failed to launch on a Nintendo console.In a statement confirming the decision EA insisted it maintained a "strong partnership" with Nintendo despite the snub."We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013," EA said. "However, we have a strong partnership with Nintendo and will continue to evaluate opportunities for delivering additional Madden NFL products for Nintendo fans in the future."Madden is the latest EA-published multiplatform game not to release on Wii U. Earlier this year Crytek's Crysis 3 failed to come out on Nintendo's home console - despite the port being close to launch."We did have Crysis 3 running on the Wii U. We were very close to launching it," Crytek boss Cevat Yerli said. "But there was a lack of business support between Nintendo and EA on that."Since we as a company couldn't launch on the Wii U ourselves - we don't have a publishing license - Crysis 3 on Wii U had to die."Earlier this year DICE told Eurogamer Battlefield 4, due out later this year, won't launch on the Wii U because its Frostbite game engine doesn't support the console."The reason for that is it takes development time," executive producer Patrick Bach explained. "What should we focus on to create the best possible Battlefield experience? We are now focused on PC and the current-gen platforms, and then there might be other platforms in the future that we can't talk about..."We could potentially make a Battlefield port for the Vita. But what would that game be? Is it something we could scale down from what you saw in the gameplay video, or would it have to be a complete redesign of the whole game?"It's about, where do you put your focus? And the Wii U is not a part of our focus right now."