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Too hot for the Wii U.

The release of the Wii U has done surprisingly little to quiet the debate over whether the system is actually powerful enough to stand up to the likes of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, much less the new Sony and Microsoft systems coming later in the year. Recent comments from DICE Technical Director for Frostbite Johan Andersson lends some weight to the argument that Nintendo's new system isn't powerful enough to stand up to the next generation.

After mentioning on Twitter that the newly announced Star Wars games from DICE and Visceral will be running on DICE's powerful Frostbite 3 engine, Andersson responded to a reader concern that this will mean the games will not be available for the Wii U.

"[Frostbite 3] has never been running on WiiU," Andersson tweeted. "We did some tests with not too promising results with [Frostbite 2] & chose not to go down that path."

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EA has announced that it won't be bringing a version of this year's Madden NFL football title to the struggling Wii U, the first time since 1991 that the annual football series won't appear on a current-generation Nintendo home system.

"We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013," EA said in a statement obtained by Nintendo World Report. "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."

The Madden series is routinely among the top-selling releases of the year in the US, but usage statistics showed the Wii U version of last year's Madden 13 struggled to make much of an impact compared to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. To be fair, the Wii U version came out when the system launched in November, well after the August release of the other versions. But the Wii U version was also missing some key features present in the other games, including the much ballyhooed "Infinity Engine" physics modeling.

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