WB pulls the plug on Batman: Arkham Origins story DLC for Wii U

Cites a lack of demand for the cancellation; Nintendo said to be offering full season pass refunds.

The Wii U will not be receiving the upcoming story DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins after all, Warner Bros. has confirmed.

Citing the lack of demand as the reason for the cancellation, Go Nintendo reports that Nintendo is now refunding $19.99 of eShop credit to those who previously purchased the Arkham Origins Season Pass.

"Thanks so much for your support of Batman: Arkham Origins on Wii U," begins Nintendo's email.

"We are contacting you today because you purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass for Wii U. We hope you've been enjoying the content that has been delivered thus far. Based on demand for Downloadable Content on the system, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has made the decision to remove its offering of the upcoming new story campaign for Wii U. As a result, we will be crediting the entire $19.99+tax cost of the Season Pass back to your Nintendo eShop account. You will still be able to enjoy the content already released thus far."

The Arkham Origins season pass included a trio of skin packs, an Initiation challenge rooms pack, and the upcoming campaign content. It is still available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the game.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your support of the game," concludes Nintendo.

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221 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

Ouch. This is just embarrassing for Nintendo.  When it rains, it pours.  :-/

ted_mongel
ted_mongel

I suppose when WB wouldn't put Mario and Luigi into the Batman DLC Nintendo told them to just forget it.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

It seems as though 3rd party devs are not finding it worth their time to put effort into wii u ports. It sucks, but from what I hear they made the same mistake Sony did with the ps3 in terms of how hard it is to develop games for the console. This can become a moot point if theirs enough owners buying 3rd party games and making worth their time, but at the moment this is not the case. It's a vicious cycle, and I hope Nintendo pulls out of it.

Henninger
Henninger

I hate to say it. Nintendo, shit ain't looking good for you. & I'm a Nintendo fan. The good news is I'll be getting a Wii U sometime this year. Whether or not its when the new HD Zelda comes or before then remains to be seen. But I will be getting one this year.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

Too bad the game sucks . I played it on PC and didn't even bother with side quests (so I didn't ran into bugs that people were complaining in side quests) , I wanted to finish the game ASAP and be done with it  . It's worst in the series and I forced myself to finish it . Nintendo fans are not missing anything . Arkham City is best .

Genocide6sic6
Genocide6sic6

I heard the sound of nails being hammered into wood as I read that.

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

I'm sure all 3 owners of the Wii U version are devastated.

peach79
peach79

I was wondering why I had $20 in eshop credit.  Eh, I bought the season pass when I was drunk anyway.  Never play Origins because I can't beat Deathstroke.  Got bored of trying and moved on.

adrdeju
adrdeju

Was this game even any good? It's a sub par game at the very least with some pointless dlc.

Defender1978
Defender1978

I just wish that Ouya, Wii U, and Xbox would just go out of business because they are crap consoles.  All we need is the PS4.  If the PS4 were the only way to play video games, the video game industry would be much better off because that is all we need and everything else is crap.  That seems to be everyone's opinion.  I play the Wii U all the time and I think it's awesome.  It isn't a bad system.  It is a different system.  PS4 and Xbox One are Twinkies.  I have a PC for AAA titles and they play great with my 360 controller.  

briancox
briancox

who cares its Batman Ben Afflak ruined it already its all i see when i see the suit his stuipid chin.so i dnt care i wont buy anything batman till he has been replaced.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I am surprised that Arkham Origins didn't get the Armoured Edition treatment. That could have been the selling point of the Wii U version of this game. With 5.85 million Wii U consoles sold worldwide it would be hard to sell DLC and make a profit. So Ubisoft just said Fuck it to releasing DLC for this game. 


Wii U can't catch a break. Ubisoft at least refunded the money for the season pass. Batman Arkham origins has not been selling well on the Wii U. Most people have Xbox 360 and PS3 and the Wii U is left without. 

FighterforJC
FighterforJC

Where are all the Wii U owners screaming about how Akrham Origins sucks anyway and the Wii U is better off without it?

xcollector
xcollector

Haven't even played it yet. I guess I wait for the GOTY edition for $20. DLC has devalued games so much it isn't even funny. I was someone who played the first 2 on day one but now it feels like this series is being annualized like COD.

xolivierx
xolivierx

I'm waiting for Mario Kart...supposed to be released in May...yeah right....and then I'm selling this shit console

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Please, the trolls are acting like as if the game was good enough to justify "Doom"  because of content being pulled off the Wii U version.  Arkham Origins was Grade A shit and this coming from a huge Batman fan. No DLC would've changed that.  Even the 3DS/Vita versions were actually superior to the console releases

venderhain
venderhain

If the number of people who ordered it was so insignificant, the amount of inconvenience will also be relatively inconvenient.

Of course, it sucks if you're one of the few on the receiving end.

I'll be curious to see what direction Nintendo moves in in the near future. Iwata's presentation on Thursday was nebulous at best.

Still, I don't personally see anything to dislike about the Wii U. In terms of actual interesting playable titles--as opposed to announced titles--the Wii U still has the lead. That will change with the flood of 3rd party games on the XBOX One and PS4.

As a computer gamer, I found no compelling reason to buy a PS4 or XBOX One. My computer can play the majority of the games your consoles can, and it does a better job.

The Wii U offered and will continue to offer me more exclusive games and a greater variety of gaming experiences (input devices) than the XBOX One or PS4 do--probably more than they will ever offer--so I bought one. That doesn't mean I see anything wrong with the other consoles; they simply aren't unique enough to justify the price--for me. Everyone is different.

hadlee73
hadlee73

The last time I saw the sales figures, the Wii U version of Arkham Origins was even being outsold by the Vita version of Blackgate. So this news is no surprise.

atopp399
atopp399

That's too bad.  I'm enjoying my Wii U though I don't have that game.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

So all the people that are Wii U owners that also bought Batman DLC are owned a refund.  Please come get your refund check when your name is called.  This will take about 5 minutes.

emptycow718
emptycow718

nintendo  fanboys would say "who cares i dont buy nintendo consoles  for  the 3rd party games i buy  them for  the ground breaking exclusive  games like   mario kart and  wind waker hd "  lmfao  nintendo is a joke.. something has to change at that company or i will never buy a nintendo console ever again 

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

@ted_mongel  Normally devs want to stick things like Mario, Luigi and link into Nintendo versions of games because it sells better to a Nintendo audience. Almost like a Nintendo endorsement of the game.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

The bugs were patched, and I'm really enjoying the story myself. I think it's worth a play for any arkham fan, but it's impossible to top arkham city in my opinion.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Funny, you call everyone a troll that has said anything slightly critical of Nintendo. I just assume you have no idea what the word means.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Troll this, troll that, I don't think you know what the word troll is friend. But seriously you need to calm it down, you been hear for a long time and this attitude is making you look like a FOOL.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@chev7758 Dude please stop.  You're not helping. You just make regular Nintendo fans look ridiculous...In the way Xbox and Sony fanboys make their regular fans look ridiculous

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

That fight was painful and annoying, but the game improves considerably after that.

asulaeagle
asulaeagle

@Defender1978  Yeah, PS4, a multi-platform powerhouse built from off the shelf parts that requires a subscription for online gaming. I could easily call the PS4 a crap console with absolutely no creativity what so ever. But I won't because even I see its potential and I can't simply brush it off and assume that its going to recycle games (FPS) and so forth.


I agree with you, the Wii U is great. I don't see the need for this console war. Each system offers something the other doesn't and well... Nintendo definitely stands out (in a good way).

Kinren1
Kinren1

@Defender1978  Without competition you would not be so happy about your ps4.  Ps4 is the way it is because of xbox and nintendo.

Rotondi
Rotondi

@FighterforJC  Arkham Origins sucks.  

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

The game was a step down from arkham city, but I've really enjoyed the story. Also I played blackgate on the vita and it was garbage. The restrictions of the 3ds held back the games potential and it was a chore to play and finish. Can't say I found running through the same area for the tenth time after clearing out its enemies enjoyable.

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

@PosiTVEMinD355 No, Doom it's because almost every dev just refuses to work with Nintendo anymore, and only Mario, Zelda, and a crappy console can't save them.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@hadlee73 The portable versions of Arkham Origins are actually much better games than the console releases

Guimengo1
Guimengo1

@emptycow718  


I made the mistake of buying it on the foolish idea of a good stream of games at a reasonable price coming out. I did buy it when I did because I was able to get a massive discount but for months it's been sitting there, only used a couple of times for Netflix - for which I prefer the PS3 which has profiles enabled.

Aupde
Aupde

This comment makes no sense. It appears that you did not read the article and that the only word you know is troll. He means that Nintendo should have been able to avoid this problem and it is yet another problem that Nintendo is having. THAT'S WHAT THE EXPRESSION, WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS, MEANS! Maybe he's different from you but at least he knows how to actually post a good comment. Word of advice, think before you say something stupid again.

MJ-X
MJ-X

@chev7758 @ted_mongelDon't generalize, u might not like it but some still do, same as any other game.


Like me i hate sports games but some people go nuts over it doesn't mean any1's taste sucks

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

@chev7758 @Doolz2024Not nearly as stupid as you, that's for sure, given the fact that you completely misinterpreted what I said.

asulaeagle
asulaeagle

@helldragonzer @PosiTVEMinD355  lol every dev,. Only the major devs that got nothing else better to do than port their games across every platform. They screwed themselves over. COD, doesn't get DLC, AC is missing some DLC, Sniper elite doesn't have mulitplayer, and the list goes on. Of course, their not going to sell well when your offering a version of game that doesn't even have its standard features.

I could see how it feels like every dev because these major companies make up such a large portion of the Industry.

I hope the Wii U turns into an indie gaming machine along with inspired games from, new or lesser known, 3rd and 2nd party developers.


briancox
briancox

@helldragonzer @PosiTVEMinD355  its actually a great system bro unique and fun.im a pc gamer mmofps,mmorpg the other systems dnt have crap in our world nintendo is the only console worth owning!

and watch nintendo slap all you crybabies in the mouth.and do you really want them to creat a new system?it would be more powerful and then what third party drop xbox and ps cause they would be to fr behind the new nintendo?

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I'm not hear to help you with that so your out of luck.