Coming off the report from yesterday where the President of Take Two seemed really excited about the Nintendo Switch, at the exact same event that was said, EA’s CCO, Peter Moore, talked at length about EA’s relationship with Nintendo, including a major title they are bringing directly to the new platform next year. Here is how he put it:
“Nintendo has always been and will always be an very important partner in this industry. They have some of the best first party development studios in the world, and some of the most valuable intellectual properties in the world. We have announced publicly that we got a partnership with them on their new platform, the Switch, we haven’t talked in detail on what’s that about. You can imagine, as you heard, that a major game will be distributed on that platform.
We’re huge fans. We have a relationship that goes many decades back. They’ve had some difficult times as if recently obviously, but never, ever, ever discount Nintendo in this marketplace, and their ability to leverage their superb game development opportunities. Their intellectual properties, whether it’s Mario, whether it’s Zelda, whether it’s Metroid Prime, we could go on forever about what they can do… obviously Pokémon, we’ve seen more recently.
We’re gonna watch with interest and you can rest assured that EA, just like every major publisher, is in regular conversations with Nintendo.”
It seems pretty standard these days to hear folks praise Nintendo for their IP, but the clear message he seems to want to get across is that we shouldn’t worry about EA supporting the Nintendo Switch because it’s going to happen. Then again, EA also had an “unprecedented partnership” with the Wii U in 2011… and everyone saw how that panned out. Thus, like any other third party, it’s safe to bit a bit wary of the platform getting any major support post launch period.