E3 2011: Mass Effect and Wii U a 'really nice fit' - EA

EA Games boss Frank Gibeau won't say if Mass Effect 3 is coming to Nintendo's new console, but did tease that a game set in the space RPG universe might be in the pipeline.

LOS ANGELES--Earlier this week at Microsoft's E3 2011 media briefing BioWare confirmed rumors that Mass Effect 3 would adopt Kinect controls. Today, publisher Electronic Arts is speaking about the possibility of bringing the Mass Effect universe to another console, Nintendo's just-announced Wii U.

The war is coming to London in Mass Effect 3, but is it also coming to the Wii U?

In an interview with GameTrailers, EA Games top man Frank Gibeau fielded fan questions about the publisher's library of titles, one of which asked if Mass Effect 3 was planned for the Wii U. Gibeau did not flatly reject the notion, instead saying a game set in the space-bound role-playing game series was possible.

"I can't say that we are going to do [Mass Effect 3] on the Wii U, but you can imagine what we could (emphasis added) do with that controller in the Mass Effect universe," he said. "It feels like it's a really nice fit. But we'll announce that when it's ready."

As for Mass Effect 3, it is due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on March 6, 2012. Players will once again take on the role of Commander Shepard, a hardened space marine who is now on the run from the shadowy pro-human organization Cerberus. To save Earth, Shepard must travel the galaxy trying to rally support from alien civilizations with varying degrees of sympathy.

For more on the title, check out GameSpot's E3 2011 stage demo of Mass Effect 3 with BioWare's Casey Hudson, embedded below.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@Naedeslus i would love that the problem is the first game was published by Microsoft and they own the rights that's why it's not on the PS3 :( i would love the whole trilogy on all the consoles but i don't think it would happen

newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

bioware should make a wii u exclusive... start from scratch.

Naedeslus
Naedeslus

I think they should remaster the first game and port 2 and 3 for the WiiU so they can experience the trilogy.

corrus
corrus

When Wii U is better than PS3 Why Nintendo not makes something like Heavy Rain for they new console Even XBOX360 Can't run that game.

eynonz
eynonz

Dont really mind, more platforms = more money for game developers, which should hopefully mean better production values on games........

Mr_arizona
Mr_arizona

Do WIIu owners get ME2 or a second comic to sit through?

zeebenzene
zeebenzene

@gregpfunk that is possibly the most overdone joke in gaming history.

minhas27
minhas27

Wii u is better than ps3

lostn
lostn

Can't wait to get up Ashley's skirt again...

gregpfunk
gregpfunk

@sonicman12 You COULD think about doing that, but the cake is a lie sir. Thus rendering that concept fully impossible

xApollo
xApollo

Since when did everyone become so obsessed with the Mass Effect series? Back when ME1 was released, there were not that many fans... Anyway, I hope Bioware doesn't dumb down the final game for casual gamers because they will completely ruin it.

sonicman12
sonicman12

"I COULD also take my nose, and put it in a cake. But. That's just speculation. Why would I say anything that would make people assume things, right?"

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

great now i can play me on a better console thanks!

BlackWaltz_No_3
BlackWaltz_No_3

So the BioWare is going even more mainstream? They really did sell their souls to EA.

dapman418
dapman418

That sounds pretty awesome. :D

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

@Tsuanthony Well actually I think an incredible game like Mass Effect would appeal to anyone regardless of was console he or she owns. You are right there is a large gap but Nintendo gamers such as myself would get the game on WiiU and I think that they can add a lot of extra features to the game released on WiiU because of it's new controller like how the game responds to voice on the Kinect while it can not on other consoles. Let's just hope.

LupusKiba
LupusKiba

Bioware will need to be more focuse on story and gameplay, not kinekt and Wii u. Now the game look more like DLC to ME2, not ME3. :(

Tsuanthony
Tsuanthony

Why bother releasing it for the wiiu? such a large gap and will it really appeal to Wii gamers?

isshiah
isshiah

the recent demo needed quite a bit of polishing but it looks like fun so far. i just hope they don't change it too much and make it too...busy. i'm a 360 owner i don't really like the idea of platform specific titles to begin with...although the 3rd game of a trilogy might be a hard sell to someone that only owns the wii U.

loopy_101
loopy_101

If the entire trilogy was planned on Wii U then I'd happily buy it, but just Mass Effect 3? No. They'd really have to do something about the large gap because anyone going in fresh into Mass Effect 3 will be completely lost in the plot and characterisation carried over from the last game.

fkbwii
fkbwii

That would be great for Nintendo (and us)!

HyabusaRyu
HyabusaRyu

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HyabusaRyu
HyabusaRyu

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net_mugger
net_mugger

hehe I like the PC, mouse rulz :P I like playing only fighting and sports games on consoles.

munchlax99
munchlax99

@Phaselinear Looks like everybody whose anyone wants to get in on the action when it comes to the WiiU

Phaselinear
Phaselinear

Looks like everybody whose anyone wants to get in on the action when it comes to ME3.....

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Why do I get the feeling this won't happen? Ever since Sonic Chronicles (Bioware's first game on a Nintendo system, and according to many, they blew it), I've been a bit worried when it comes to Bioware and their future support for Nintendo platforms. I hate to sound pessimistic when it comes to possible games, but that was on my mind when I first read this.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

I have the first two ME games on 360 but if there's a 360, PS3 and Wii U version of ME3, I'll pick the one that offers the best experience....cos I've got two of em...and definitely want the Wii U.

wexorian
wexorian

@SuperfastSonic good side Bioware, THey are not milking games they will make NEW better games on that money :)

majin_lebeau
majin_lebeau

my love interest ashley is back and sexier then ever. time to rekinndle our love yay.

chyng85
chyng85

London? I expect it~!

areszues92
areszues92

TIM must have been pissed even if the base isn't destroyed. lol imagine you could fly a spaceship with that tablet..

R6ex
R6ex

Oh! Hope Intel's Ivy Bridge will be available on March 1st, 2012. I was to build an Ivy Bridge cum Nvidia Kepler gaming PC to play Mass Effect 3!

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Wow, ME3 looks pretty damn good from this video. Love to see a video comparison between the consoles.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I'm just going to plan on preordering my ME2/3 Wii U bundle when it's announced. It will probably be a port of the PS3 version, but since I only rented ME2 for my 360, I'm not losing out by owning 2 copies of the same game.

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

If anything, they probably mean ME 4 (if it even happens). But who knows. I just might bite if they throw it my way (Wii U I mean).

King-gamer
King-gamer

I think it's a little too late though. To buy Mass Effect 3 on Wii U, you first need, the Wii U, then most people who are fans of Mass Effect already own the other systems, so there's really no way to convince them to buy it. However, I could see them doing a Mass Effect Trilogy packaged together for NEW gamers who have not played Mass Effect and wanted to give it a try. A trilogy would make more sense for people who may want to pick the Wii U and never played Mass Effect, after all, you want to start from ME1, not go straight to 3.

arijit_2404
arijit_2404

ME3 looks better than first two installments. A must-buy for me.

mattg90520
mattg90520

I wouldnt buy ME3 for Wii U since I have both the others for my 360 but a spin-off (basically what theyre gonna have to do post-ME3) I would certainly consider

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

This would be great for Nintendo. Having one of the biggest games of the year coming to a Nintendo console and plus Mass Effect is rated M.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@Agent3sephiroth Ok but this is a home console and most people dont want to hook up a bunch of screens to game... That technology works fine for computers I ran two monitors for awhile but for gaming consoles its new especially the touch screen. As for it being a gimmick that's for the game designers to decide it can be useful if used properly but I suspect very few games will use it properly.

Agent3sephiroth
Agent3sephiroth

Multiple monitor gaming is already a reality where you can connect many large screens to render your game as supposed to a puny 6.2 inch screen. Do your research on this type of technology like eyefinitiy. Nintendo is trying to launch yet another gimmik.

TheArcade
TheArcade

Stop playin'! Bring Mass Effect 3 to the Wii U. I don't want some gimped filler game. I'm tired of watching newer Nintendo systems miss out on the main sequel. If it's a multiplatform game such as Mass Effect 3 and PS3 gets it, then Nintendo is deserving also. You'd think the Super Nintendo, N64, or NES didn't exist the way devs are treating the other Nintendo platforms. Filler and side games are the reason why most devs didn't respect the Wii. I wish Nintendo would've fought for games like this in the same way Sony and Microsoft did. They made the mistake of being too passive with the Wii vanilla. They must be more aggressive! I like my Xbox but I want to see Nintendo succeed.

SuperfastSonic
SuperfastSonic

This is good news. I do hope EA considers this. The more consoles the dev's release it on, the more fans it will get that didn't play the originals. The more fans it will get the more money the dev's make. The more money the dev's make the more likely we'll see sequels. Everyone wins.

kiopta1
kiopta1

frankly, i have no problem with ME games crossing platforms. It is an amazing series and an amazing universe to work in and I want as many people as possible to experience it and build on it....just dont make it tacky.

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

@Komania The Wii U is speculated to be as powerful as the PS3 if not a bit more. Also, if you look at it, it's perfect for it. Use the touch screen to use skills and items and such. Hell, I also wouldn't mind using the Wiimote and nunchuk for it, either. Would make aiming decent.