The Wii U’s launch is approaching quickly, and with that will come an influx of third-party titles which were released for games from the previous generation of game consoles, but not for Nintendo’s Wii, which was skipped over by many of the blockbuster titles of the last generation due to hardware restrictions and a perceived audience gap. One of those games will be Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect 3 is a polarizing game from this generation, the bookend in one of the most popular series that proved to be relatively controversial when a vocal group of players were upset over the ending of the game.
Part of what made them so passionate about the ending was playing through the other two games in the series and becoming attached to not only their lead character, but the characters that they met along the way. Really, it was an immersive experience from end-to-end, regardless of your opinion of the way it was finished. Not having the first two titles in the series at their disposal is the first strike against a Wii U port of the game, but as we saw on the PS3 with Mass Effect 2, there can be some creative workarounds for stuff like this. The second strike was revealed today, and for the tech-hungry, or people like myself with a big-ass TV, it is kind of a big deal.
It is that the previous rumor from Nintendo Power that Mass Effect 3 on Wii U would support 1080p was either a misprint or simply wrong. It turns out, the game will be in 720p, which might not be the biggest issue in the world, but on a console that will be leading the way for the next generation, a decision from a developer to not do 1080p for a port is particularly disappointing. There will be new features on the Wii U’s gamepad, inclusion of the “Extended Cut” and multiplayer, though. So that is something.