For Nintendo fans looking for more third-party games on the Wii U and 3DS, keep an eye on the Electronic Entertainment Expo. According to Nintendo of Canada General manager Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo will announce more partnerships at their E3 2015 press conference.
In an interview with Alphabeatic, Trepanier stated, “We still have those great, big third-party partners like Ubisoft who continue to invest in our platforms. In the next few weeks at E3 you’ll be hearing about more big third-party partnerships.”
Ubisoft supported Nintendo with the Wii U’s debut when they released ZombiU. The sequel for ZombiU was spotted on Amazon in 2014, but now has rumors of cancellation.
Trepanier went on to say, “You’ll hear in a few weeks about some interesting partnerships. We’ve already over the past year opened up and aggressively sought licensing deals in lots of different areas.”
Hopefully, this partnership will include Electronic Arts as well. The developer fell into a bit of controversy in 2014, when an EA software engineer claimed the Wii U was “crap”. That tweet was removed soon after and EA COO Peter Moore stated “Nintendo is a great partner.”
Don’t trust "anonymous sources". Nintendo's a great partner. They never have been, and never will be, ‘dead’ to EA… @EA .
— Peter Moore (@petermooreEA) January 23, 2014
The Wii U featured third-party titles in 2012; albeit mostly ports. This lineup included the likes of Batman: Arkham City, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Mass Effect 3 and more.
As for fans looking forward to new games and hardware, Nintendo has made it clear that the new Zelda game for Wii U will not be present. The rumored NX console will also not be mentioned.
Nintendo’s E3 media briefing will begin on Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PT. Stay tuned to The Nerd Stash for more Nintendo news and E3 coverage.