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EA fires back after anonymous source said ‘Nintendo was dead’ to publisher

Satoru Iwata, Global President, Nintendo Co., Ltd., speaks during a news conference after the unveiling of the new game console Wii U at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Satoru Iwata, Global President, Nintendo Co., Ltd., speaks during a news conference after the unveiling of the new game console Wii U at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles.
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After an alleged source within Electronic Arts said the “Nintendo was dead” to the publisher, EA chief operating officer Peter Moore has discredited the claim saying that the two companies are great partners, according to a report today from VG 24/7.

In an interview with Computer and Video Games, the alleged EA insider said Nintendo fell out of favor with the publisher in the wake of the launch of the Wii U.

"It became a kids IP platform, and we don't really make games for kids. That was pretty true across the other labels too,” the unnamed source said. “Even the Mass Effect title on Wii U, which was a solid effort, could never do big business, and EA like Activision is only focused on games that can be big franchises.”

However, Moore vehemently denied the claim in a post to Twitter after the original story ran, saying, “Don’t trust ‘anonymous sources.’ Nintendo’s a great partner. They never have been, and never will be, ‘dead’ to EA.”

The comments come less than a week after a Nintendo financial report saw sales forecasts of the Wii U slashed by 70 percent and the 3DS by 25 percent.

However, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said he would not resign and there would be no executive shakeup despite the bleak financial outlook for the company.

You can read that full Examiner report by clicking here.