The Wii U was released on November 18th, 2012, in North America, and, obviously, there weren’t many video games released this year for the new console, compared to the existing PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Based on Metacritic, with a Metascore of an 87 out of 100, the best reviewed Wii U game of 2012 is BioWare’s port, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition.
The first Nintendo-published game on the website’s list of the best reviewed Wii U games of the year is New Super Mario Bros. U, with a Metascore of an 84 out of 100.
Here are the top 10 reviewed Wii U games of 2012, according to Metacritic:
- Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
- Assassin’s Creed III
- Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
- NBA 2K13
- Darksiders II
- Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition
- Trine 2: Director’s Cut
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Although Mass Effect Trilogy hasn’t been announced for Wii U, the collection has a possibility of releasing on Nintendo’s new console. So far, BioWare didn’t confirm whether the game will eventually come to Wii U; however, the developer says, “Never Say Never,” on the matter.
Mass Effect Trilogy includes all titles in the Mass Effect series to date, costs $59.99 and is available for purchase on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
For comparison’s sake, Wii U owners can purchase one title in the series – Mass Effect 3: Special Edition – for $59.99.
GS: What is BioWare’s plan regarding the Wii U? Mass Effect 3 was released onto it but fans were surprised to learn DLC, like Omega or Leviathan, wouldn’t be available for it. Are there plans for the first two games to be released onto Wii U as well as DLC?
BioWare: We have a terrific company in Australia [Straight Right] who did a good job putting Mass Effect 3 on Wii U. Again, I can’t really comment on rumored speculation about the game or the franchise. Wii U is a console we feel is really cool and that more Mass Effect would look great on it, so we do have plans for Wii U but nothing to announce at this moment.
GS: You guys said a similar thing when asked about a Mass Effect Trilogy for PS3 before you announced it.
BioWare: Yes we did, and look what happened. As we like to tell people on Twitter, “Never Say Never.” The same can be said about the Mass Effect Trilogy for Wii U. Never Say Never.
When Wii U releases in Japan on December 8th, all of its launch games will be available for download from the Nintendo eShop except for two games. Mass Effect 3: Special Edition and Monster Hunter 3G HD will not be available in the Nintendo eShop and will need to be purchased in physical form from Japanese retailers.
Developer Straight Right’s founder, Tom Crago, has revealed that Mass Effect 3: Special Edition for Wii U will not use Miiverse. Third-party Wii U launch games that implement Miiverse include Scribblenauts Unlimited, ZombiU, Assassin’s Creed III, Batman: Arkham City and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
“Miiverse functionality isn’t in Mass Effect 3. In the context of the game we never really talked about it.
“However, it’s something we’re interested in as a studio and with future titles that we might release we would love to look more into it.”
BioWare has released the official trailer of Mass Effect 3: Special Edition for Wii U. The game includes brand-new features and content that take advantage of Nintendo’s new hardware. Mass Effect 3: Special Edition will be available for purchase on Wii U’s launch day, which is November 18th in North America and November 30th in Europe.
BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect 3: Special Edition launches alongside Nintendo’s upcoming console on November 18th in North America and November 30th in Europe. BioWare’s Melanie Faulknor says the game is not simply a port of the original version, Mass Effect 3, which released eight months ago for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Wii U’s version of the game is developed by Straight Right and includes bonus content and new features that utilize the Wii U GamePad.
Let’s hope that BioWare will eventually bring Mass Effect Trilogy to Wii U, too.
“The Mass Effect 3 Special Edition for Wii U is my first project as an External Producer, which means I work with both our internal teams and our external partner, in this case Straight Right from Australia. As this was the first time a Mass Effect game would be on a Nintendo console, we wanted to make sure we had a partner that really had a lot of experience working with Nintendo – and that’s what Straight Right delivered.”
“This was important because this was more than just a standard port project. We’ve added additional content and new features to fully utilize the Wii U GamePad. Our team in Edmonton and the team at Straight Right was working together constantly to create a feature set we think would enhance Mass Effect 3 and we’re proud of the results! You can control your squadmates, utilize both Shepard and your squad’s abilities and even play Mass Effect 3 all from the GamePad – something that comes in super handy if someone else in the house wants to watch or use the TV.”
Developer BioWare today announced Mass Effect Trilogy, a collection of all three Mass Effect games in one package. The compilation can be purchased for $59.99 when it launches November 6th for Xbox 360 and PC; PlayStation 3’s version will be available at a later date.
For the sake of comparison, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition for Wii U will release sometime between November 18th and March 31st, of next year, and also costs $59.99.