EA has confirmed what was already apparent from its release schedule: the publishing giant is no longer making games for Nintendo's Wii U console.

"We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," EA spokesperson Jeff Brown told Kotaku.

The platform was conspicuously absent from the announcements of upcoming EA games including Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25 and FIFA 14.

With EA having just inked a deal with Disney to develop Star Wars games, the publisher's position could see Nintendo's console missing some key third-party franchises.

However, Brown said EA hasn't ruled out developing for Wii U again in the future.

EA's lack of support for the Wii U now is a reversal of its earlier stance in 2011, when Nintendo first revealed its new console at E3. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata welcomed John Riccitiello, then CEO of EA, on stage to speak enthusiastically about the Wii U: "What Nintendo's new console delivers speaks directly to the players of EA Sports and EA Games. Nintendo's new console will produce brilliant high-definition graphics and new gameplay opportunities," Riccitiello claimed. "We look forward to seeing great EA content on this new platform."

When the Wii U launched at the end of November last year, EA delivered ports of Mass Effect 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Madden NFL 13, and FIFA 13 for the platform. While all of those titles had already been released months before on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Brown said that early run of games for the Wii U represented EA delivering on its E3 2011 partnership with Nintendo.

EA is not the only publisher whose support for Nintendo's Wii U has cooled. Activision's upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts is not coming to the platform, nor are Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V and a raft of core titles from various other publishers. Nintendo does however continue to enjoy support from Ubisoft, the publisher of Wii U launch title ZombiU, which is planning to bring Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs to the platform later this year, and Warner Bros. which is working on Batman: Arkham Origins and Scribblenauts: Unmasked for Wii U.

In recent years Nintendo consoles have been described by many commentators as venues primarily for Nintendo's own franchises, with the success of Nintendo titles such as Wii Sports, Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit dwarfing sales of third-party games for the original Wii console. But when Nintendo announced the Wii U, bringing Nintendo's third-party support up to par with competing platforms was clearly a key part of the Japanese firm's strategy — a strategy that appears to be failing.

Nintendo has sold just over three million Wii U units so far.

Meanwhile EA, which is in the middle of an internal downsizing and reorganisation since Riccitiello's departure in March, has shifted its focus to developing for Sony and Microsoft's next-generation consoles, which are due to launch later this year.

Brown told Kotaku that EA, under Riccitiello's guidance, has invested deeply in preparing games for the next generation of consoles. "I’ve been with the company [a] long time and we have never been better positioned for the launch of new technology, either mobile or console," he said. EA expects to have a strong launch line-up for PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox, as it did for the start of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox era in 2000 – compared with the weaker launch slate EA had at the beginning of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii generation.