(ORIGINAL STORY FOUND BELOW) Yesterday most gaming companies kept within the spirit of April Fools playing elaborate jokes with their fan base. However, DICE went too far at the expense of Nintendo. DICE tweeted several times effectively mocking Nintendo for their lack of EA games – comments such as this; (More tweets can be read below)
“Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optomized for Mario and Zelda.”
Last year EA famously stated that they had no games in production for the Wii U. Many interpreted this as a lack of support for the console whilst in reality it was simply down to the fact that the Wii U cannot run the Frostbite 3 engine, which DICE and EA frequently use. These tweets highlighted that fact and have potentially damaged relations between the two companies. However, EA found all of this in poor taste and have since responded to DICE’s comments and apologised. EA’s Peter Moore had this to say;
“Our apologies to partners @NintendoAmerica & fan @FrostbiteEngine ’s poor attempt at April Fools not condoned by EA : unacceptable/ stupid”
There is still no word from Nintendo.
The makers of Battlefield, DICE, have taunted Wii U owners in what to be honest seems like a cruel joke. Nintendo and the Wii U have famously missed out on key titles such as Battlefield 4, Need for Speed: Rivals and Dragon Age: Inquisition because of the Frostbite 3 engine DICE use.
Here’s what DICE tweeted earlier today.
This tirade of jokes potentially could have damaging effects on the relationship between EA and Nintendo, although that is presumptuous as Nintendo haven’t responded to the comments. Perhaps Nintendo will see all of this as good humour? Although I doubt Nintendo will want the flaws to their key product pointing out so jovially.
What do you think? Was it all in good humour or a joke that has gone too far?