Quandary for Mass Effect 3 on Wii U
While there are some gamers who would say that Nintendo had their worst keynote during an E3 event this year, there’s no denying that some developers are betting big on the Wii U, and news that Mass Effect 3 will be coming to the upcoming console has created a bit of a quandary. There’s also the hope that this version will already come with revisions to the ending that current consoles are waiting on.
Going back to the story at hand the problem with porting Mass Effect 3 to the Wii U is in regards to those who have not played the game before, as they will miss out on key factors of the storyline becasue we know they usually carry on from game to game, so you would need to play Mass Effect 1 and 2 in order to get the full benefit from the third game. Most of us know that the decisions you make in the previous games have an effect on the newer titles from the franchise.
Gaming Blend notes that this was an issue for ME2 on the PlayStation 3 because the console never had the first version of the game, but the release of Mass Effect: Genesis allowed gamers to relate to the story thanks to this interactive comic. You could choose between six plot choices, which were then saved and imported to Mass Effect 2, so this could be one such option for Wii U owners.
It’s obvious that this solution will not help Wii U gamers get fully up to speed with the previous stories, but it’s probably the only one available to them. How else would you propose BioWare solve this issue – releasing ME1 and 2 on the Wii U could be one option we guess?
Having said that some gamers would have you believe that the two previous games do not hold that much importance in terms of advancing the main story, would you agree with this?
EA Exec 1: "Alright, we managed to tank the franchise by having them change the ending to three colors, the same ones we used in Spore, etc. But I think we can make Mass Effect 3 even more of a turdbrick in stores. " EA Exec 2: "But how? How can we top making sales of this title a miserable failure compared to projections? The ending alone left 66% of what we shipped release month sitting on retail shelves!" EA Exec 1: "Simple. We'll release it again on the Wii U. With none of its prequels. " EA Exec 2: "GENIUS!"
Hah, I'm pretty sure that screenshot is from ME2 during Jack's recruitment mission, and Samara cannot be recruited before that point. You'd have to edit her in with a save editor. "I'll relinquish one bullet; where do you want it?"
During one of my many playthroughs of ME3 I played as a new player to the franchise and I will tell ME3 is still great but it's a surprisingly vanilla experience from someone who has played through the first two games and imported their saves. Many of the great characters you met in ME2 are not around in ME3 and this tarnishes the experience, some of it rather profoundly. To get the best ME3 experience you need everyone of your squadmates and the crew to survive the second game playing either as a paragon or renegade Shepherd.