One of the greatest video game controversies ever will be making its way over to the Wii U. According to BioWare the Wii U Mass Effect 3 version will include the Extended Cut DLC as opposed to downloading it.
Mass Effect producer Michael Gamble announced:
“The extended ending is basically going to be part of the game instead; you won’t have to download it,”
Unfortunately, we still don’t know whether any of the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer DLC will be available on the Wii U version of the game. Just today the free Earth multiplayer bundle should be available to most people, but no announcements have been made as to whether the content will be available upon launch of the Wii U version.
There is still no news as to a release date for the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3; yes I do know it will be dependent on when Nintendo launches the Wii U. However, we don’t know for sure that Mass Effect 3 will be a launch title for the Wii U as of yet.
The bigger question is why would you release Mass Effect 3 on the Wii U before porting over Mass Effect 2? I mean I think most people who wanted to play Mass Effect 3 have already done so. As much as EA wanted to sell us on the fact that Mass Effect 3 is a good starting point in the series, I just don’t see how anyone should enter the series by starting off playing the third game in the series.
Then again it is EA and they will try and make money where ever they can, even if their ideas make no sense as long as there is a chance they can make money they go with them anyway. In addition, ports of games have never really sold very well, you look at sales from the original BioShock which was ported over to the PS3 a year later they were pretty poor (less than 600,000 in North America).
The same goes for the Mass Effect 2 PS3 port, which sold less than 700,000 copies in North America (according to VGChartZ.com, which is not always reliable). And yet I would still think it would be a better idea to port over Mass Effect 2 first to the Wii U and then a few months later port over Mass Effect 3.
There are always exceptions but I just don’t know if Mass Effect 3 has enough people still wanting to buy it who haven’t already played the game yet. Have any of you not played Mass Effect 3 and are looking forward to buying a Wii U to play it on?