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EA apologises for Frostbite's "stupid" anti-Nintendo April Fool

"Unacceptable."

EA executive Peter Moore has publicly apologised for a string of April Fools' Day messages posted on Twitter by the official Frostbite account.

The tweets poked fun at the fact that EA no longer develops Wii U games, and that there isn't a Wii U version of the latest Frostbite game engine.

"Frostbite now runs on #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform," Frostbite wrote. "Our renderer is now optimised for Mario and Zelda."

"Frostbite will power #HalfLife3, coming out summer 2014!" a follow-up message added. "#WiiU exclusive."

"Good news," the account concluded, "we have finally fixed and optimised our 'netcode'. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU."

The messages, posted yesterday afternoon from Sweden where DICE is based, remained visible for several hours and stirred up a considerable amount of ire among Nintendo fans. The tweets were pulled offline late last night shortly before Moore issued the following statement:

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

EA originally promised an "unprecedented relationship" with Nintendo to develop Wii U versions of its biggest games - including DICE's Battlefield series - but poor hardware sales prompted it to U-turn on its plans and ditch all Wii U support.

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