Mass Effect 3 For Wii U Will Have Extended Cut Content On Disc

By Spencer . July 16, 2012 . 5:11pm


While Bioware wouldn’t say too much about the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3, we got confirmation that the Extended Cut will be part of the package.


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


Bioware also showed a new multiplayer mode, a free DLC pack that brings players back to Earth. I selected a N7 Shadow, essentially a cybernetic ninja, and fought waves of enemies. Since my character was clearly over-leveled and armed with a freezing rounds the horde didn’t stand a chance. Actually, that’s one way to describe "Earth" because it’s similar to Gears of War 3’s Horde gameplay mode. Players shoot through eleven waves of enemies with breaks during waves three and six with different objectives. During my play through, we had to escort someone to a safe zone and later on I had to defend an area while one player hacked a terminal. Waves 1-10 have heavy combat leading up to the eleventh wave where you have to hold your ground until a ship comes in and takes you away.


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"You know at the beginning of the game when Shepard leaves Earth? Anderson stays behind and rallies everyone behind him," Gamble explains. "That’s the timeline when it takes place. "During the campaign of Mass Effect 3, I wouldn’t say it takes place in at any particular point during that. It’s just the constant struggle for holding on to those key resources on Earth."



The Mass Effect 3 "Earth" DLC will be available tomorrow as a free download for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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  • Closet_Ninja

    would have been really dumb if they didn’t add the E.C. in the Wii U release. ME3 has already got a lot of flack for it already

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    • Nemesis_Dawn

      That was informative. 

  • Herok♞

    I wonder if it will have special wiiu content to make up for not having the other games.

    •  I’m guessing it will have an interactive comic, ala Mass Effect 2 on the PS3, that will let players choose what happened prior to ME3.

      It’d be horrible if BioWare didn’t offer that option. If you go in with a default DudeShep or FemShep in ME3, you start out in the worst possible position for saving the galaxy. You don’t even get to meet Wrex or most of the awesome ME2 squaddies.

      • keithmaxx

        Yeah. I hope they’d AT LEAST do something like what they did in Dragon Age II; it had some starting scenario options to choose from (who got crowned, who lived, etc.).

    • That’s a major problem when I read about the Wii U version.  IMO, I think EA and Bioware should’ve made a ME2+3 compilation.  If ME2 got a PS3 version, then how hard it would’ve been to make a Wii U port.  Beside If I was the one that handle the Wii U port of ME2, I could’ve put all DLCs (including Arrival) so it could make ME3 more fun for Wii U owners.

  • The breaks don’t always come during waves 3 and 6. Sometimes they pop up earlier or later.

    The Back to Earth DLC doesn’t add any new modes. The multiplayer in general is basically a ME take on Gears of War’s Horde mode. Back to Earth just adds 6 new N7 character classes, the Rio, London and Vancouver maps, platinum level missions and the escort break mission you experienced.

  • I knew this was going to happen. lol.

  • kupomogli

    The new content won’t make it a good game, atleast to those who never liked the Mass Effect series.  Mass Effect 2 and 3 are some of the least enjoyable third person shooters when it comes to gameplay, and if you don’t like the story, that’s that.  I’ve never played the first but I doubt it’s gameplay would enthrall me when the two sequels haven’t. 

    Those that like the series and hate the third game because of the ending though, you’re either following the crowd or a moron.  I’m sure it makes for a disappointing end to the series, but it doesn’t turn a good game bad.  The bad ending to the movie Tango and Cash didn’t make it a bad movie.  Still a good movie.  Just a good movie with a really bad ending. 

    Now if on the other hand the first half of the game had an amazing story and the second half was complete garbage, I’d say it’s like films that were both written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, and I’d also say I agree completely.  Films like Machete and Planet Terror couldn’t get any more awesome, then that halfway point they went straight down to couldn’t get any worse and never came back up.

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    Oh, I wonder why? XD

  • Justin Mienkiewicz

     It is painfully obvious that you have no idea what you are talking about.  The “Earth” DLC does not add any new modes.  Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer is and has always been the same, a succession of 10 waves with varying objectives each round.

    Perhaps you should stick to “reporting” on games that are mainly intended for the Japanese market as they make their way to the West.  Seeing Siliconera report on a Western game while they obviously have no idea what they are talking about seems silly.

    • Sadly, I have to agree with this. You say you don’t just report on Japanese stuff like we apparently want to believe, but then you go and completely botch a report on a western game. This stuff isn’t that hard to figure out, it’s a basic feature of the game that’s been there since the beginning and touting it as a new mode just looks bad. REALLY bad. I come here for Japanese titles, if I wanted to hear inaccurate drivel about an overhyped western game I’d go to

      In regards to my last comment, I love the ME series. But ME3 was a bit overhyped considering the ending we got and then the “fix” that didn’t really fix anything for me. :/

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    First, I’m guessing you haven’t played the multiplayer before, because that’s exactly what it’s been like since the moment the game was first released. The Earth DLC just adds new maps and new characters, who have to be unlocked.

    Second, without ME1 and ME2, there is absolutely no point in releasing ME3 for Wii U. The game has no point if you don’t have a connection to those characters. A connection an interactive comic is not going to give you. There is barely any story on its own. Everything is payoff. Whether it is satisfying payoff or not is debatable, but it’s still all payoff.

  • Leivinia

    How do I go about asking my friends to play Mass Effect on the Wii U? Because it didn’t go over so well with them when I wanted us to kill nazi zombies on the Wii.

  • I’d love to play Mass Effect on 360, Mass Effect 2 on PS3 and Mass Effect 3 on Wii U.

    • neocatzon

      You dont care for your save file O_o?

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      Not a fan of story continuity, are you?

  • At least Wii U players wont be invested as heavily into the ME3 series and wont notice all the plot holes in ME3’s ending or how badly it ruined the series since they wont have ME2 or ME1 to use as references unless they played those games on the PC, 360, or ME2 on the PS3.

    I envy them, they can at least enjoy it with ignorance, since the truth is too painful.

    • iizagamer

      Cuz, you know, some people couldn’t have played the other games on one system and then switched to the Wii U for ME 3 for some reason. Nope. Not a chance.

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        That would actually be a pretty dumb thing to do, since you’re creating a character and following them for three full games. If you play it on another system, you lose all the progress you’ve made with your character. All the decisions that carry over from one game to the next would not have happened and it’s all a huge waste.

      • Leivinia

        There are other game systems besides the Wii U and its predecessor?

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      The Extended Cut fixed all the problems I had with the endings, to be quite honest. 

  • XiaomuArisu

    So I guess its the right time to buy ME3.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      Not really. As I said, the game has no plot of its own. It’s a complete continuation of the story from ME1 and ME2, with an expectation that you already know who everyone is and why all the various conflicts are being resolved/ended. It’s the third act of one story. I can’t imagine a single thing one would find worthwhile about it if you aren’t carrying over your character from the first two games.

      • XiaomuArisu

         I have two ME2 saves:paragon guy,renegade girl so yes I will have continuationXD
        Maybe I wasnt very clear?I meant:ME3 price cut and extended cut and new multiplayers maps are a sign for me to buy it already.

        • Nemesis_Dawn

          Oh, okay. I thought you meant you were going to wait for the Wii U version. My mistake. 

  • John Lawson

    seriously? lazy plot, horribly written, and gameplay that makes any generic tps…
    the game was so bad, half of the voice actors opted out of the extended cut.
    who’s gonna this this crap knowing that they wont enjoy the first two on thw wii-u?

    • Josh Strange

      The plot was great, was well written and game play was fine, TF you talking about? and the extended cut was just clarification. It was a sudden response from the audience so of course they couldn’t gather “Everyone” but Bioware did the best the could with what they had. At least the game devs listen to their fans instead of ignoring them like other game devs. Seriously….

  • eilegz

    and since nintendo users never played mass effect before are they going to add prequels comics or something so they can catch up?

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I would think that Bioware will include back story…either in a movie cut scene compilation or something so people can be up to date with the story.

    If I get Wii U, and they include that, I might pick it up.

    I will just live without leveling up the characters…but I agree, if you want the full experience you have to play all games.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      They’ll most likely do what they did for ME2 on the PS3, which is have an interactive comic book, but even that forever locked out some scenarios for PS3 users. It didn’t have every choice in the game, just the major ones, and I’ve discovered the few PS3 friends I know who started with ME2, have no connection to the ME1 characters. You can’t distill 60 hours of gameplay into a 10 minute interactive comic. I can’t imagine what it’ll be like having to do that with both ME1 and ME2 when it’s going to be 120 hours.

      • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

         That’s a valid point. With all the choices that you can do…who dies, who lives, what do you eventually do?…it will have to be the core elements of the game.

  • Alexandra Cordes

    Not worth it if you can’t have the same Shepard throughout the entire series.

    God, I miss this trilogy… 

  • I’ve never yet seen an announcement anywhere that mentions ‘Mass Effect’ without having ‘DLC’ a few lines later. Oh EA.

  • I don’t know if this is going to do well or not.  I have the problem with the Wii U version, no ME2.  Wii U owners are not going get a full experience of Mass Effect if ME2 is not in it.  Also ME2 got release on PS3 so it shouldn’t be that hard to make a Wii U port (just put all DLCs, including Arrival and the backstory comic book explaining the first game in it).  In my opinion, EA and Bioware should’ve made a Mass Effect 2 & 3 compilation for the Wii U (with some exclusive costumes, like a Samus armor for Sheperd), that would be a ultimate Mass Effect game for Wii U owners.

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