Still calling themselves \”partners\”

What began as a series of bad tasting jokes quickly backfired, a bit like Nintendo\’s attempt at addressing it\’s fans directly (shameless plug).

Being April 1st, laughs and fools jokes were expected to be in high gear. Nintendo Life fooled you with Virtual U, Google with their Google Maps Pokemon Challenge, SEGA with Megane DRIVE, Comcept USA with an odd looking ROM, GameInformer with Zelda Z, somebody with Nester for Smash Bros, among many others. As always, among the good and bad April Fools jokes, there will also be ugly ones, with the one in question coming from EA\’s FrostbiteEngine division.

Early this morning, the Frostbite engine twitter page decided it would hilarious if they used April Fools to throw mud at a system they already don\’t support.

Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda.

— FrostbiteEngine (@FrostbiteEngine) April 1, 2014

Frostbite will power #HalfLife3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive.

— FrostbiteEngine (@FrostbiteEngine) April 1, 2014

Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our \’netcode\’. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU.

— FrostbiteEngine (@FrostbiteEngine) April 1, 2014

None of the jokes landed, prompting Peter Moore to feel the need to apologize on behalf of EA to Nintendo and it\’s fans.

Our apologies to partners @NintendoAmerica & fan @FrostbiteEngine ’s poor attempt at April Fools not condoned by EA : unacceptable/ stupid

— Peter Moore (@petermooreEA) April 1, 2014

Electronic Arts may be open to do business with Nintendo, but haven\’t exactly been doing themselves any favors over the past year to prove that they don\’t have an axe to grind with Nintendo, especially after they\’ve went on record touting the Wii U\’s features on stage and branding it as \”absolutely\” next-gen. Since then, the company has pulled their FIFAMadden, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchises from Nintendo platforms, refused to release DLC for Mass Effect 3 on Wii U as well as the Mass Effect Trilogy, pulling games such as Crysis 3 and an exclusive Star Wars game, and even came full circle to saying it isn\’t next-gen and flat out crap. What\’s more interesting about these tweets is that the idea of Wii U not being able to run the latest Frostbite has already been debunked on numerous occasions, either via EA themselves or via logic (Say it with me now: If it can run on last-gen, then it can run on___).

But what do you guys think of this little incident. Does EA need to do a better job sustaining comments like this or should their employees be able to express themselves whatever way they\’d like? Discuss it all below and keep it fixed on our site for the latest updates on Electronic Arts\’ misadventures as it relates to Nintendo.

Written by Omar Taylor

Omar Taylor

What is hardware without software?

Responsible for updating news, producing editorials, and reviewing games. When not carrying out these responsibilities, he can be found achieving first place in Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Republic Commando online, designing games, listening to and creating music, and watching and producing animations. Did he mention how good he was at Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Republic Commando?

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