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Mass Effect 3 Wii U Content Detailed

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

DLC becomes on-disc C

Mass Effect 3 was one of Wii U's major third-party announcements for a launch release, bringing one of the year's biggest blockbuster titles to the system. The excitement is perhaps dulled by the fact that it's the concluding part of a trilogy, and that a special edition combining the games, Mass Effect Trilogy, is out today for Xbox 360 and PC, with a PS3 version on the way. For gamers with an alternative system, the potential purchase of one third of the series may now be a lot less tempting.

Still, the Wii U version will, according to its External Producer Melanie Faulknor, include features and content to make it worth gamer's time. There'll be GamePad controls, of course — you can read our thoughts on these in our Mass Effect 3 first impressions — and the full extent of extra content has been outlined. Some we already knew about, but this at least seems like a definitive list.

We’re also adding a lot of content to the game. The Special Edition includes our From Ashes DLC, the Extended Cut DLC, the Rebellion, Resurgence and Earth multiplayer packs, and a bonus heavy weapon – all on disc! We are also including a new update to the Genesis interactive back story comic from Dark Horse we first released when Mass Effect 2 came to the PS3. The updated version will allow Wii U players to get the back story of Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 and will allow them to make decisions at key story points. These choices will then create a save game for you that can be imported into the game, opening up more storylines for each player. So if you’re new to the series, you can get caught up and personalize the experience. And if you’ve already played, you can choose a different route to see what things you might not have seen the first time around.

The cycle of DLC for this title isn't finished, so we'll need to wait and see whether Wii U gamers will have the opportunity to buy new content as it arrives on other systems. So, does this on-disc content make the pain of seeing Mass Effect Trilogy on other systems go away, or do you feel that Wii U's getting the raw end of the deal?

[via blog.bioware.com, joystiq.com]

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kyuubikid213

#1

kyuubikid213 said:

Just so long as we don't get a gimp copy of Mass Effect 3, I don't care. I do wish we were getting the Mass Effect Trilogy though...

GazPlant

#2

GazPlant said:

I still find it hilarious EA are trying to sell ME3 when a trilogy edition exists for the same price

CanisWolfred

#3

CanisWolfred said:

^Seriously. Mass Effect is meant to be played across 3 games, yet all we get is #3, despite there being a trilogy edition in the works. Oh well, that's why I have a PS3.

Void

#4

Void said:

Knowing EA, I wouldn't be surprised if they just go ahead and release the trilogy once the sales for 3' start to drop.

Silvervisiona

#5

Silvervisiona said:

I'm probably the only one on Earth who has purposefully been holding out on Mass Effect 3 for my 360 so I can play it on my new Wii U instead. So no complaining here.

Highwinter

#8

Highwinter said:

This is a complete waste of time. If you're interested and for some reason haven't played the games yet, wait for them to release the trilogy on the Wii U, it's bound to happen.

Or better yet, just play the first one. The other two are significantly worse games, especially 3.

THENAMESNORM

#9

THENAMESNORM said:

Stop all your complaining, If you like the game, get it. If you don't like the game, then pick something else. It's a great option to have, and it does come with alot of extra content. I have never played Mass Effect 1 2 or 3 so this is a great opportunity for me to get into it!

TrueWiiMaster

#10

TrueWiiMaster said:

Even with this content, the Wii U's still getting the raw end of the deal. I mean come on. $60 for ME3 with some extra on disc content, or $60 for the Trilogy, available everywhere but the Wii U? It's clear who's getting the better deal, and it's every platform but Nintendo's. Had they made the price reflective of the different values, it might've been a different story. If the Wii U version was coming in at $30 rather than $60 (which would still be about $10 more than ME3 goes for on Amazon for the 360 and PS3 right now), it wouldn't have seemed like such a horrendous rip-off. Right now, this is just another reason to hate EA.

Hokori

#11

Hokori said:

@ziLToiD What's even more amazing is EA will not get that many sales on WiiU because of it and then blame Nintendo for poor sales and not develop for there system

HawkeyeWii

#12

HawkeyeWii said:

I was really looking forward to this, but I feel like the Wii U is getting ripped off in comparison to the other consoles.

WiiLovePeace

#13

WiiLovePeace said:

Oh man thats an epic fail on EA's part, not releasing the trilogy on what is practically the only system that actually needed it. Oh well.

perkoff

#14

perkoff said:

Am I the only one that doesn't care about the control pad? I just want to play Nintendo games, Mario, Zelda, Pikmin, hopefully they'll go more into popular games that have been on the shelf for awhile, the original Wii seemed like the perfect system for a Punch Out game but nothing in that series since the SNES days. I want F-Zero, Donkey Kong, Kirby, 1080, Pilot Wings, Star Fox. It seems like Nintendo forgot about a lot of their popular games and is sticking with Mario, Zelda and Metroid for the most part.

Alienfish

#15

Alienfish said:

No, I was considering this game for WiiU, but then they went and kicked themselves in the nads by releasing a trilogy on other consoles. Now I will probably never play Mass Effect.

Peppy_Hare

#17

Peppy_Hare said:

How does this version stack up to the PS3 version framerate and resolution-wise? That version was truly a chuggy mess. I regret purchasing it.

burninmylight

#18

burninmylight said:

@Void

This is exactly what I'm expecting to happen, and why ME3 went from a Day 1 purchase for me to a wait and see. I refuse to get screwed over, that's for sure.

@HarmoKnight

Yeah, EA is sending Mass Effect 3 to Wii U to tank and have the excuse not to send anything else. I could care less about supporting that POS firm though.

The_Fox

#19

The_Fox said:

To be fair to EA all three games have already been programmed for the 360 and two of them for the PS3. Putting the trilogy out for those systems didn't really take anywhere near as much effort (Well, more effort for the PS3 I guess since it never saw part 1) as it would to bring to the Wii U.

grayadamson

#20

grayadamson said:

I played the first on 360, second on PS3, so I may as well play the third on Wii U. Seems fair.

AgenTxH

#21

AgenTxH said:

Never played the 1st one or the 2nd but i will get this one. The comics on the disc should bring me up to speed on the story and then I will play the finale!! i dont have time to play 3 games when there is so many on my list to play already.

Kisame83

#22

Kisame83 said:

What is up with devs and these editions! Same deal with Konami and MGS. They put out a portable version of Snake Eater (yay) and then soon release a...portable version of Snake Eater bundled with portable Sons of Liberty on the competitor.

chiptoon

#23

chiptoon said:

I'll wait for a trilogy edition with all DLC. Don't really care what system its on. I'm just sick of getting incomplete packages.

Banker-Style

#26

Banker-Style said:

If there's still more DLC to come Wii U owners should get it for nothing.
But I can't see EA doing that.

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