EA Wii U games require Origin account for online play

New Electronic Arts policy document reveals players will need Origin account to play EA title's online; "Nintendo Network ID" revealed.

An updated Electronic Arts privacy policy document confirms that Wii U gamers wishing to play EA titles online will need a Origin account to do so.

Additionally, by signing up for a Origin account for Wii U, players must agree to allow EA to collect their email address, Mii information, friend list, country, language, and date of birth.

Further, the document spells out "Nintendo Network ID." Nintendo has previously confirmed that Friend Codes from the Wii era would return for the Wii U, but it is not clear if "Nintendo Network ID" is a new name for these.

A Nintendo representative was not immediately available for comment.

Having an EA Origin account to play EA games online is not an exclusive requirement for the Wii U. The same policy is in place for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers. In all cases and for all platforms, players will not need to agree to share their credit card number or other personal financial account information.

Launched in June 2011, Origin is a replacement for the EA Store, and it serves as a hub and infrastructure for downloading and playing PC games, as well as ordering boxed products for other platforms. It boasts 12 million users and more than 50 publishing partners.

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ollirg
ollirg

EA: F**king everything everywhere it goes!

ermacos
ermacos

I am registered with Origin because EA intergraded all old accounts to origin without asking, but I never ever installed origin on my computer.. if thats an answer to that. I will never do it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Origin, it has 12 million users: "Look how many we got to sign up for this DRM software whether they like it or not!" Lol, not like I think that's what the EA executives gleefully tell themselves, but amount of accounts doesn't show how many of them signed up to install Origin, just because a single one of the games they wanted to play required Origin. I don't have Origin and although I would like to play Mass Effect 3 some day, that day is years into the future. I still haven't gotten around to playing games with DLC yet.

codeman101360
codeman101360

Just another reason not to buy EA games (as if people needed one).

lemonhead_75
lemonhead_75

It's time for EA to cut their losses and drop this awful system or policies. No matter what they do, Origin is unappealing.

Dugular
Dugular

To be honest, this has been happening since the PS2 era, just that it was then called an EA account.

 

The most annoying thing is they're also using this to shout about how popular Origin is, and a viable competitor to Steam. When, no, it isn't, I haven't bought a single thing off Origin, yet own an account purely for Mass Effect 3.

 

While I'm ranting about Origin, might I add that I saw NFS: The Run for £39.99 on there, yet the same day saw a brand new copy in a local store for £6. Yeah, that kind of stuff will really make me consider purchasing off Origin. Idiots.

 

Plus, since when can EA charge £39.99 for a PC game? It makes sense for console games because they have to go through Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo. But £39.99 for a PC game, on your OWN distribution platform, WITHOUT any packaging costs?

 

**** off, EA

BludshedX
BludshedX

There aren't going to be any dirty EA games going into my shiny Wii U.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

I wish I could say that I am surprised. Well, no. EA is the worst company ever. 

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

My list of reasons not to buy EA games has just finished it's fourth book with this news.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Thank you for inflicting this upon us EA. You never cease to amaze us.

Rovelius
Rovelius

Lmfao at people overeacting. EA games always asked for EA accounts, all the way back to PS2 era. Origin on consoles is just another service. It has nothing to do with its PC counterpart.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

 @MW2ismygame Ever heard of GOG? They are a pretty good digital distribution service, too. Steam offers sales and has lots of stuff, while GOG makes consumers feel like VIPs with DRM's "stand up act" being replace with the "rockin' performance" of bonus content like wallpapers, music, digital manuals, avatars, artwork, etc. If EA offered sales like Steam and used "VIP treatment" instead of using abusive DRM, more people would respect them and Origin.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

You know EA I find it so funny that you try to do a steam like service and dont at least copy any of the good things. Do you want to know why steam has 40+ mill people on it ? little hint, because people came to IT and LIKED it, they did not have it forced down their throats. Thanks for making me inclined to spend even more on a steam sale than your sh***y service. Have a nice day EA.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

Nothing we can do.  They'll keep spending time trying to build mainstream popularity with Origin because Steam was given the same chance.  The only difference is, Steam got a whole lot better after its first year.  Origin will not, and given EA's history, its doubtful that will change in many years to come.

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

I'm pretty sure Origin has been marked down as a failure. Can't they just cut there losses and concentrate on being a good company instead?

KeeseKiller7
KeeseKiller7

It's like EA doesn't want their games to succeed on the Wii U. An origin account has never been required for their games on other consoles, so there's no reason for it be required on the Wii U. This isn't the first thing they've done to screw over the system. Come on, EA. You could at least try to be fair.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

Is it so wrong to just wanna launch your games and play without any interruptions? Thank you CD Projeckt and GOG for being the only ones to understand.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I don't mind having to setup an Origin account. Especially since I already have one LOL. But I wouldn't mind even if I didn't.

 

What I do mind is EA requiring me to allow them access to "Mii information, friend list,  and date of birth"

 

I should have the option to use Origin, but limit it's access. So I can allow it access to the email I use to sign up for Origin, but deny it access to my date of birth.

 

I understand the reasoning for this, but it's the same reasons I am cautious of allowing apps to connect to Facebook. I don't like it and I don't like the all or nothing approach to my info. 

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

You have got to be kidding me EA. No one likes this service. Stop forcing it on people.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

This news story should be in Escape from Mount Stupid!! Look at the complainers who really don't have a clue about what they are even complaining about, just mobbing up because others are. This is how people end up getting arrested because they were following the crowd, stop it and think for yourselves.  Read the story, it says "EA Origin account will be needed to play games on Nintendo Wii U", now coincidentally PS3 EA games require the same as do 360 games, thing is once you sign in on your console once it will ask you when you use a new game to connect using that very same account. Now ask yourself something, what is the difference on the Wii U? Think about that for a second...no, a few more....yes you got it....in case you didn't...It's nothing, there is no difference.  Gamespot, why did you even post this as a story without actually stating that Wii U users just like PS3 and 360 will have to sign in to their Origin accounts to play online with EA games. Look at the freaking stampede you caused by yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater.

ramb1402
ramb1402

The last game i bought from EA was ME2; i intend to keep it that way. Funny how EA stands for Electronic Arts but its been a while since i saw any of this "art" on any their games. psst nowadays ir more like Evil Ambitions.

MoreThot
MoreThot

hm... i can see into the future.. i predict EA will then boast about how many users they have.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Good thing EA has only a limited number of online games that play best on consoles and even fewer for Nintendo. Origin isn't so bad on the PC, very little personally identifiable information is required, and I am very, ah, circumspect about the information I provide.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Never touched that filthy virus, never will.

I don't care how many of their top games they force it on.  I'll just not buy them.

Simple as.

banana23man
banana23man

Haven't played any EA game since DA:O and even then, I refused to get any of the DLC.

atopp399
atopp399

Then EA brags about how many people are using Origin.  I will never sign up for that service.  Unfortunately that means missing out on some games like Sim City until it is hopefully released on Steam or I decide to play it for free.  I would pay full price for it if Origin wasn't required though. I'd even play it with a required online connection....but not with Origin.

jmr1986
jmr1986

Don't see the big fuzz about it. If you have played an online game developed by EA in the recent years you already have an Origin account cause your old EA account it's an Origin account now. Many of them (the latest NFS games being an example) required to log in in order to play the game online.

 

You don't need Origin on your console to run the game, you just need to login on your account to play. I wonder how many of the commentators in here already have an Origin account without knowing and came here to leave a dumb hate comment.

alenth
alenth

That happens when you stay 6 years behind the competition in online platforms.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Origin... a point that is also known as "0". Some would think it's a fitting name for EA's online service because that's what they think of them. Personally, I'm going to go out of my way to avoid even playing EA's newer titles just like I do with all other games that use online pass and other anti-used game practices, even though I would have bought new otherwise.

mtait01
mtait01

so you need a Nintendo Network ID, then an Origin Account and THEN an online pass.......... really? wow

cheamo
cheamo

*Need some account to play some game online* ... what else is new?

jayd02
jayd02

@GamerOuTLaWz

But EA has been doing this for years now.  I'm also pretty sure the main subject of this article was EA as well.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

It has been a while since I have played an EA game on any of these consoles, does this mean that if you lose the disc, or it gets damaged, that EA will allow you to re-download the game digitally free of charge as well?

jayd02
jayd02

I love you gamespot but how is this news?  They have been doing this for years now and they don't plan on stopping anytime soon for anything.

irwin88
irwin88

Looks like another desperate attempt by EA to promote ORIGIN, "well sir i say ENOUGH ...!!!!!"

Araknie
Araknie

True gamers never play online.

Inferi-Fang
Inferi-Fang

You gotta make an account to play any type of online multiplayer these days. This is really annoying.

staranise
staranise

*reads the headline

MEH.

Instead, I`m excited because DEADLIGHT coming to PC!!! its on the 25th or something I AM SO EXCITED!!! ehheheehe.......xbox/microsoft gave in and listened to my angst (I posted some time ago that if deadlight is to be known is to release it to the PC elite!)

duhNeighbour
duhNeighbour

Meh, these are basically the same limited info Microsoft (XBL) and Sony (PSN) have about me.

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

Nintendo style: Isn't released yet. Already screwed.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

I already had to get an Origin account for BF3 so..... The only thing I hate about these IDs is having to make an account for every publisher platform out there - Rockstar social club, Origin, Steam, Xbox live, UPlay, PSN, NN.... *sigh*. Wish I could just sign into all of them with Facebook or something; or someone should invent the 'Gamer ID' that can be used across all consoles and games. I miss the good old days when you just popped a cartridge in a console and played the game.