Rumor: EA wants to power WiiU online with Origin

By on November 15, 2011

Nintendo are supposedly interested in the team-up to gain an edge in the western market.

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Electronic Arts and Nintendo might soon appear gushing hand-in-hand, according to the new set of rumors carried by WiiUGo.

EA is supposedly persuading Nintendo to make Origin one of the key element in WiiU’s online strategy, giving it a massive push against Valve’s Steam who, according to the website’s source, is also in talks with Nintendo.

It appears Nintendo are inclining more towards EA however, who sees the partnership “as an opportunity to rebuild relationships with Western gamers because they feel that only a massive western company such as EA understands what is needed to make an online service attractive to western gamers.”

Allegedly, EA were already working on providing various services to WiiU, including voice and video chat, leaderboards and friends list. The service would also provide greater flexibility than Xbox Live, a factor which polled at the top when Nintendo tossed options at publishers and developers. The source says, “Many publishers are happy with Xbox Live’s features, but they aren’t happy with how strict Microsoft’s guidelines are.  Nintendo went with an open flexible approach with online because when Nintendo asked developers/publishers what they wanted in an online service, that was the number one thing they asked for.”


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