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Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:04

Wii-U powered by Origin?

Written by David Stellmack

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EA trying to cut deal with Nintendo

Word on the street is that Electronic Arts would like Nintendo to make EA’s Origin its digital distribution service with the release of the Wii U. According to tipsters, EA and Nintendo are in high-level talks about the possibility.

A hook up between the two companies would help Nintendo get a much deeper and more aggressive foothold in the western market and allow the company to court more hardcore players to its platform. As for EA, the deal would help it in a race to combat and compete with Valve and Steam.

Idle chit-chat also seems to suggest that Valve may (or could be) pitching a similar deal to Nintendo, as well, but confirmation of this seem quite sketchy, at best. There is no denying, however, that should Origin become the digital distribution provider for the Wii U, it could be a game changer going forward, making Origin a much bigger player against Steam.

We will have to see where this leads, as deep throats say that no decision has been made yet; however, Nintendo has said that they want to completely overhaul and make over their online presence and online abilities with the Wii U to compete directly with Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, and you will need solid digital distribution abilities to do that. Time is short, however, and its decision not to build this itself but use either Origin or Steam could prove quite interesting.
 

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-1 #1 Silentwalker 2011-11-15 11:30
"As for EA, the deal would help it in a race to combat and compete with Valve and Steam."

Valve and Steam are the same comp.

I guess 1 person didn't know Valve and Steam were one in the same.
 
 
-2 #2 youserzero 2011-11-15 11:42
I'm not really sure I'd be interested in a console locked to either Origin or Steam distribution system, as both are very poor quality services.

I hope Nintendo just continue to expand the Wii shop channel and add more game titles.

Why bother paying EA or Valve massive amounts of money for something they can and are already doing themselves?
 
 
0 #3 gsacks 2011-11-15 18:25
Quoting Silentwalker:
"As for EA, the deal would help it in a race to combat and compete with Valve and Steam."

Valve and Steam are the same comp.

I guess 1 person didn't know Valve and Steam were one in the same.


I'm pretty sure the author understands that. He just used ambiguous grammar.
 

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