Kotaku also reported at 2011’s E3, Nintendo and EA had an “unprecedented relationship”. As CEO Satoru Iwata ended his presentation, he invited EA’s then-CEO John Riccitiello onto the stage. At that time, Riccitiello said the launch of the Wii U would bring about “brilliant high-definition graphics and new gameplay opportunities”, further complementing the addition of EA titles.
Two weeks ago, EA confirmed they wouldn’t release Madden NFL 25 for the Wii U. A representative, however, said EA would want to “evaluate opportunities for delivering additional Madden products for Nintendo fans in the future”. Other EA titles, such as FIFA ’14, will also not be coming to the Wii U.
Nintendo is experiencing a lack of success for the Wii U. CEO Satoru Iwata has tried to inform Wii console owners the Wii U is a separate console. To make matters worse, the Wii U has failed to be taken seriously as an actual console—Iwata contributes this failure to poor marketing and sales efforts. More determined than ever, Iwata hopes to dispel the idea the Wii U is underpowered.