Here is my late response to the post.
Sut wrote:Probably doesn’t help that Nintendo hasn’t traditionally performed well in the UK.
So small install base in a big soccer enthusiastic market with the same game available on multi platforms is the perfect storm for low sales.
That is somewhat understandable considering that Nintendo stuff does very poorly in the UK/PAL region compared to America/Japan where it their main market for the products they make.
Stalvern wrote:The only actual substance here is "protest against evil EA" - I suppose I'll just join all the anti-EA picketers in the streets? And EA is an awful company, but not supporting a weaker system like the Switch when that takes significantly more time and money isn't so much evil as it is laziness. Compare that to, say, the absolute crime of their exclusive NFL license.
My reason to protest this port is because I think the Nintendo Switch audience needs to be treated better then this, as I am tired of incompetent publishers/developers like EA giving us half-ass ports like this. I mean we are past the Game Boy era of Mortal Kombat ports in today's video game market. As the Nintendo Switch is in raw power above the PS3/Xbox 360/Wii U/PS Vita/3DS. Yes it is not as powerful as the base PS4/Xbox One. And mind you before the Nintendo Switch came out, the PS3/Xbox 360/PS Vita/3DS where all get down ports of PS4/Xbox One and or Wii U in mind games from that time frame that where much closer to the big brothers in most cases save for a few exceptions her and their. But when full fat but slightly compromised ports of games from PS4/Xbox One like Disgaea 5, Snake Pass (powered by the all mighty Unreal Engine 4 which is way more demanding then EA Frostbite 3 engine which works on PS3/Xbox 360, but Unreal Engine 4 only works on PC/PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch not counting the water down mobile variant of the engine), Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Sonic Forces, Doom 2016, WWE 2K18, NBA 2K18, Lego Worlds/The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game and the upcoming Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, Rocket League, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (based on the Special Edition version FYI), Rime, MXGP3, etc. Makes EA FIFA 18 port look very Half-hearted by comparison to the other 3rd party offerings from the Nintendo Switch! I mean, I do not even like either EA because I have never been a fan of their library of games, or FIFA soccer, but I think the fans of the two on the Nintendo Switch should deserve better then this half-ass port job!
I'm assuming EA has had a poor relationship with Nintendo since the NES. Trip Hawkins once called Nintendo an evil monopolist, or something to that effect. Here's an older article, from when Atari and Atari Games were suing Nintendo. Includes quotes from game company presidents calling Nintendo a monopoly: http://articles.latimes.com/1989-03-19/business/fi-223_1_video-game-market
Doesn't have the Trip Hawkins quote I mentioned, but it does have this:
The notion (that competition should be minimized,) accepted in Japan, where the economy is tightly monitored by the government, flies in the face of the free market system, argues Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts, a San Mateo personal computer game publisher.
Even if he's not part of EA anymore there are still folks in the company who resent Nintendo, who'd rather deal with other companies.
And it's not just EA; that resentment has hurt Nintendo's 3rd party support for the past 10 years. 3rd parties in general no longer need Nintendo; 3rd parties are still mad at/afraid of Nintendo for trying to control the market, so 3rd parties don't support Nintendo systems.
I do agree about EA having a poor relationship with Nintendo since the NES days. As EA was at the time more supportive to Sega and later the 3DO, PlayStation, Xbox, PC as those platformers for them do make more money, and FIFA is popular in the PAL region where Sega, and later PlayStation are huge along with FIFA so this makes sense. Also EA did give the worser versions of their sports games along with the infamous Shaq Fu game on the SNES compared to the Sega Genesis does show the two never got along even at the time frame.
Stalvern wrote:Nintendo's last system to be technically on par with its competition, the GameCube, had plenty of EA titles.
The original Wii also had many EA game release, but many of them sold poorly compared to the rivals/the exclusives they put out bomed on the Wii which may have hurt the Wii U support later on with only 4 releases and then giving up not long after!
GTS wrote:Protesting EA is like a mosquito biting a dinosaur. It won't have any effect. If the Switch ends up have a good Christmas, I think we'll see more 3rd party support. However, I would think that sports fans would rather play on a PS4 or Xbox One.
We will see, but I hope that EA learns from Sega, Atlus, Arc System Works, Bandai Namco, Inti Creates, TT Games, Capcom, Grasshopper Manufacture, Hamster, Nippon Ichi Software/NIS America, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, Telltale Games, THQ Nordic, Ubisoft, Marvelous/Xseed, Konami, Koei Tecmo, and Bethesda so they can stop giving us incompetent products and start giving the Nintendo audience competent products instead.