Mass Effect 3 Wii U includes Extended Cut DLC

BioWare reveals RPG's debut on Nintendo's new console will bundle endgame content; single-player DLC focusing on Shepard in the works.

When Mass Effect 3 arrives for the Wii U, it will come with the fan-requested Extended Cut downloadable content already on the disc, BioWare producer Michael Gamble told Siliconera.

Wii U gamers will find the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut on the disc.

"The extended ending is basically going to be part of the game instead," Gamble said. "You won’t have to download it."

The Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut is a free piece of content that arrived for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC last month after gamers vocally expressed their disinterest in the original endings. The content aims to address fans' concerns regarding the Mass Effect 3 endgame by providing "greater context," but no new endings.

In other Mass Effect 3 news, Gamble told Joystiq that BioWare is preparing new single-player DLC for the game, and this content will more than likely center on Commander Shepard.

"We want to do single-player DLC," he said. "Mass Effect 3 is Shepard's story, so the single-player DLC for Mass Effect 3 will probably focus around Shepard."

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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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ihateds2
ihateds2

Good for them. I wonder how much I would have loved ME3 if I had never seen that original ending.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Gonna need one hell of a long intro comic to get all those ME1&2 choices sorted... Maybe they'll find a fun way to use the controller for that...

Not hating on the WiiU, I like the idea, but wrong game entirely for the system, unless they wanted to bring all 3 games to it and allow you to use powers off the touchpad (thinking about it that'd be pretty nice) but considdering biowares usual porting style, it'll be a simple slap it on the disc and hope no one notices the framerate.

Iozeph
Iozeph

Don't post often here. But I saw this:

 

"vocally expressed their disinterest in the original endings."

 

Truly? 'Vocally expressed their disinterest? Truly? Could you have possibly written a blander article than this? Perhaps- but deadlines, right? Not only was it bland but it was utterly dismissive of the gamers who've invested their time and money in the franchise only to have the rug pulled from under them in the last ten minutes.

 

Disinterested? Forgive me if I'm still stuck here. But do you -and I mean gamespot on the whole- even know what that means?

 

Were the fans disinterested you wouldn't have had the ongiong outcry, nor the admittedly misguided cupcakes,fund-raisings etc. Conversely, nor would you have a majority(hyperbole's wonderful, isn't it?) of the hipster mouth-breathers this site calls staffers taking the opportunity for twitting their 'outrage' and their support for 'artistic integrity' while in the same breath bashing the  'hordes of the great unwashed.'  Well enough- they're easy targets aren't they? Even so they're segment whose support over the years has made both the industry, and in turn gamespot and every other such den of obsequious, pseudo-journalism out there possible.

 

Disinterested. Right. Artistic integrity. Right. Yes I'm still stuck here. But it's as though a liberal arts major(assuming they have even that) somehow gives you an intellectual and moral leg up. I'm here to say right now that it doesn't. It simply doesn't.

 

Now if you've a moment away from counting your trust funds, you might come back down to the gutter to where entertainment and salaries actually have to be weighed against one another. To a place where words such as discretional income grow ever nonsensical by the day . It's been five years. Five. Bloody. Years. Five years waiting for this ending and that's an eternity in gaming.

 

But what were the fans of Mass Effect given?

 

They were given artistic integrity, intellectual disinterest, vocational lassitude, not to mention moral and ethical ennui from a gaming studio that owes them -f**king OWES them better- for their their devotion over the last decade and more. Bioware owes them and they know it.

 

Oh- but there was multi-player. They were given multi-player. *twirls finger in the air- "Huzzah..."* Moving on...

 

But in leaving - while you're at it- have your staffers look up 'entitlement.' That's another word you've taken to misattributing. See, entitlement is what you and the gaming industry have exhibited to date. As though you believe you deserve your money, you deserve your jobs, and that somehow, magically,(perhaps even space-magically) you'll keep them, no matter how you keeping phoning it in.

robayeit
robayeit

single player DLC about time should of had this a month ago not more silly multiplayer stuff that could of been done later on

NTM23
NTM23

Long story short: So what?

nate1222
nate1222

The Wii U gets the better deal here. But of course all the little hateboys come out to talk their usual shit. Go figure.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

As excited as I am for the Wii U, I am rather puzzled by this game being ported over, especially considering that it's a game that pretty much requires you to play the previous entries in order to get the best experience, unless you can somehow transfer your PS3/360/PC data to the Wii U, I don't know about the likelihood of success for this game. Still getting Assassin's Creed 3 though for Wii U :D

pozium
pozium

It'd be preety stupid if they didn't release it with the extended-cut

dahaoleboy69
dahaoleboy69

I hope they make a few single player DLC like they did with Dragon Age Origins; seperate campains taking place after the original story.  I'd like to see what happens to my shepard since she survived.

F0ZZY
F0ZZY

I guess Bioware doesn't want to see their original endings anymore, and I want a new dlc krogan party member for shepard please

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

Bundle free DLC with a game? Wow, compared to the 6 hours DLC of the PS3 edition of ME2 that is quite sad... seriously who will buy this???

DizzyWong
DizzyWong

Only reason I clicked this article was to see the news about single-player DLC.  Can't wait.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Considering the limited memory of the Wii U, this is a good thing. Of course, late ports usually get extra fixins tbh.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I already have Mass Effect 3 for the 360 and the DLC so I'll pass on this for sure.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Nintendo always a day late and a dollar short. As its already been stated the Wii U is barely on par with the 360 , there is no reason to buy it for this system, unless you absolutely must have the dlc on disc.

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

Whats the point on releasing it on the wii when they don't even have the first two? 

topsemag55
topsemag55

Nice to see a new DLC for SP, but it won't change the ending any. If BioWare is smart, they'll say it's free of charge.

Roodogs
Roodogs

I personally have not had the time to play that game yet, so I"m actually excited about getting it for this system.

spike6958
spike6958

Well yeah, this should contain the extended cut, as well as all other DLC otherwise it's pointless.

santinegrete
santinegrete

It shouldn't be any other way for next releases, even Greatest hits and platinium ones.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

This just makes sense. Now, if they could fit ME2 on the same disc, Bioware could have a real winner here. It's a shame ME3 ended the way it did, and the Extended Cut didn't make it a whole lot better. Even though the ending isn't very good, ME3 is a lot of fun, and the ME series is fantastic as a whole.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

By including this in the WiiU version, it seems to me like BioWare has essentially decided themselves that their original ending wasn't good enough.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Not interested in anything nintendo does. Wii U is another paper weight.

xX_MOBIUS1_Xx
xX_MOBIUS1_Xx

I hate that everyone who disliked the fact the ME3 didn't end the way they thought it should is whining and complaining.  I can guarantee that the ME trilogy is one of the best franchises to be released this console generation.  Complaining that people are going to experience a game thats 9.0 rated from just about every critic?!?  C'mon people.  The word "trolling" comes to mind.....

BlackLense
BlackLense

Hm... Since Wii U disc capacity will be 25GB++, they should just include all 3 games into 1 disc... :)

I_are_Cake
I_are_Cake

 @Suikogaiden Be happy you're getting lots of mature games on the Wii U & support the development so we can see more.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

 @Getbacktogaming People who buy the WiiU and want ME3. ME3 hasn't received any paid DLC yet, unlike when they released ME2 for the PS3. 

moviequest14
moviequest14

 @kiramasaki Where has that been stated? By an anonymous source? Even just over the past couple weeks I've seen several non-anonymous developers talk about how it IS more powerful than ps360. Do you take advice from Anonymous people too or just use anonymous sources to use against companies and products?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @kiramasaki 

It's also been stated that the Wii U far surpasses the 360, where'd you get your information? 

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

 @Pr0ving4Gr0undz I think they're going to do another Genesis-like thing where you can make all the major choices from the first two games for Mass Effect 3. That's what they did to solve the ME2 problem.

moviequest14
moviequest14

 @ThePowerOfHAT Typical... Bioware released an ending and tried to stick with it.... mass complaints and protests to change it , they give in to the consumer and change it they get ''Seems to me like BioWare has essentially decided themselves that their original ending wasn't good enough.'' I'm far from an EA fan and I don't care for Mass Effect , but it seems like with you guys they're damned if they do damned if they don't.

topsemag55
topsemag55

 @ThePowerOfHAT

 No, they're including the Extended Cut because less people would buy the game if it didn't have it.

spike6958
spike6958

 @ThePowerOfHAT If you honestly think that the original ending, or even the extended one at that, is the one that Bioware wanted for the series I'm sorry to tell you that you're wrong. No, this ending has EA written all over it, Bioware will have wanted to bring it to a real end, with mulitiple endings that where actually different, depending of choices but doing that would have made it impossible to do a "Mass Effect 4" somewhere down the line, EA wanted to make sure there new cash cow is still gonna be giving milk, and forced an ending that could be expanded upon with more games.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

 @ThePowerOfHAT They went through the trouble of changing the ending, so obviously they didn't believe in their original work too much in the first place.

moviequest14
moviequest14

 @DarthLod That's strange.... usually when I , or anyone else for that matter , is actually uninterested in something they don't visit almost every article related to it to talk about how uninterested they are.

topsemag55
topsemag55

 @BlackLense

 All 3 games comes to about 43 GB on the PC, so I highly doubt the Wii could hold it.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

 @BlackLense Unfortunately, Microsoft published the first one, and I don't see Nintendo and Microsoft getting chummy any time soon. ME2 & ME3 on the same disc would excellent for those who never got to play the ME games, though.

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

 @jasonzilla11 Tell me something I don't know! Doesn't change the fact that it's not as good of a deal, not to mention that what makes ME3 great is not the game itself, it's the conclusion of the trilogy (importing saves, etc). I don't know how much it'll cost them to develop on Wii U but I doubt it'll be even half the success ME2 was on the PS3. Now, I'm not aware of future plans for the Mass Effect universe but my guess is they're probably hoping to widen their clientele prior to releasing any further material around that universe... Seriously if you have any interest for the ME universe buy a 100 $ Xbox next Black Friday and play the ENTIRE trilogy... you'd be missing sooo much just skipping to the 3rd game!

pound-u
pound-u

 @FallenOneX

 Yeah, but why not the second one at least as well? That's just stupid starting it off at the third one.

96augment
96augment

 @spike6958 EA forced Bioware to give out free single-player dlc? Wow. That's so greedy??? Don't get me wrong. The ending sucked but I mostly blame Bioware for it.

I_are_Cake
I_are_Cake

 @YearoftheSnake5 EA published the PC version of the first one & EA owns BioWare now. Mass Effect is a property (sadly) under EA but at least Wii U owners get core games out of it.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

 @pound-u 

Meh, i see what you mean, but we're talking about EA and Nintendo here. If the game actually does well considering how late it's coming out, EA will find a way to sell ME2 to us.

96augment
96augment

 @spike6958 I'm a PS3 owner. I can't play Mass Effect 1. I played Mass Effect 2. It was a lot of fun. The story was good. Do I think EA is a crappy company? Yes. But it just doesn't make sense. If EA was going to milk the series by forcing us to pay for the ending, why was the Extended cut free?

 

        So, you think that there are going be more endings?

I don't know. It's possible. I doubt the truth will ever come out about the "intended original endings". But from what I can tell, it looks like the endings were just not planned out well.

 

       EA probably forced Bioware to do The "From Ashes" DLC.  They were taken to court? A FTC complaint was filed. That's it. Who knows what would have happened if people were charged for the Extended Cut? A lot of people would be complaining. Probably, more people would have returned Mass Effect 3 or would have just watched the new endings online.

 

spike6958
spike6958

 @96augment No. Go play ME1,2, and most of 3. The storytelling is fantastic throughout the rest of the series, but the ending of 3 had EA's dirty "make sure to leave the ending open so we can milk the series later" hands all over it. They made Bioware change there original endings, that they probably had back when working on ME1, to something that meant they could go back into the ME universe later on and milk it, and it backfired, so Bioware got to do something that was a little bit closer to there original intended endings, but still not quite because EA still want there cow to be ready for milking.

Also, don't go thinking for a second that if EA thought they could get away with charging money for the extended ending they wouldn't have, but they where taken to court over the ending of ME3 by people claiming it failed to deliver what was advertised when it stated that there would be multiple, vastly different endings. If the DLC that was suppost to "fix" that was charged for EA could have gotten into a lot of trouble.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

 @moviequest14 If Bioware really thought their ending was pristine, they would have given the fans a big George-Lucas middle finger and told them to deal with it. People at that company can't even be critical about their own work. If they say something negative, that could be their job. With the press, you're basically forced to be a yes man and stand by your product.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

 @I_are_Cake *Looks at PC version page* Well, I never noticed that one before. Microsoft might have a contract for the first ME on consoles, though. If not, it would be nice to see all three on a dual layer Wii U disc.