For the first time in over 20 years, there will not be a Madden game on a Nintendo console. EA has gone on record saying that this year’s installment, Madden 25, will not be available on the WiiU, despite the fact that Madden 2013 was launched on both the Wii and WiiU last year.
From an EA Sports representative, via The Verge:
We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013. However, we have a strong partnership with Nintendo and will continue to evaluate opportunities for delivering additional Madden NFL products for Nintendo fans in the future.
Considering the relatively low install base of the WiiU currently in North America, this might actually be a smart move. Cutting it out of the development cycle means one less port to consider, which saves in licensing fees and production costs. Sure, EA isn’t going out of their way to grow the console into something they can take advantage of, but Madden isn’t the lynchpin of the EA Sports brand that most people think it is. It sells well in North America, but barely has any reach in other regions.
When Fifa skips a Nintendo console, then you have cause for worry.