Mass Effect 3 Wii U Special Edition- Review

Genre: Role Playing Game

Platform: WiiU

Developer: Bioware

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Released: November 16th 2012

Mass Effect 3 was released back in March on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC from BioWare. Finally Nintendo fans joined in the fun as Mass Effect 3 was released on Wii U on November 18th. Mass Effect 3 is the final chapter of Commander Sheperd’s battle against The Reapers.

Throughout Mass Effect 3, Commander Shepard will be bringing the civilizations of the galaxy together as allies to take back Earth and repel the Reaper invasion. The player’s choices throughout not only Mass Effect 3, but the entire trilogy, will affect the fate of these civilizations and the endings the player can receive.

Mass Effect 3 is final game in the original Mass Effect Trilogy.  The original Mass Effect was released in 2007 and Mass Effect 2 in 2009. While Mass Effect 3 was released in 2012, it was originally scheduled for Q3 2011. Not much is known why it was delayed.

Mass Effect 3 begins on Earth with Commander Shepard having been detained following the events in the Arrival DLC. Out of the blue, the Reapers attack and the planet is overwhelmed. Shepard escapes a burning Vancouver on the Normandy with the help of Admiral Anderson and the Kaiden/Ashley and leaves to gather help from other species while Anderson coordinates human resistance on Earth. Before leaving the Sol System, Shepard is ordered to Mars by Admiral Hackett who claims that researchers have uncovered something that may give humanity a chance against the Reapers. There, Shepard battles Cerberus forces and encounters former squad-mate Liara T’Soni, who has discovered plans for a Prothean superweapon that may be capable of defeating the Reapers. Before leaving the facility, Shepard speaks with a now-hostile Illusive Man, who claims he wants to use the Prothean weapon to take control of the Reapers.

The game plays out almost exactly as it does on Xbox 360 or PS3. The big difference? The Wii U’s GamePad. This might be the best thing  for the game. On the GamePad it shows you the map of the area you are in, plus it shows you where the enemies are. This is a HUGE help because it allows you to move yourself within an area without running into enemies who take down your shields. The GamePad also allows you to simply touch the screen to pick a power that you, or your squad mates, use in combat. This is also a HUGE help because you no longer need to freeze the game and pull up the power wheel. This allows you to choose any power while you continue to fight.

The storyline of Mass Effect 3 is great BUT the Mass Effect Genesis Comic before the game is very flawed. The Genesis Comic allows you to choose major decisions in both the original Mass Effect game and Mass Effect 2. The problem? It doesn’t really give you that many choices. Let me give you a couple examples. In Mass Effect 2 you can choose to save or destroy the research data for the Krogan genophage cure. In the Genesis storyline, you don’t get to decide that. You automatically destroy the data, which means Eve, the female krogan in Mass Effect 3, will die and Wrex won’t trust you for most of the game. One other example of the Genesis Comic flaws, the suicide mission. In Mass Effect 2, you can choose to gain every squadmates loyalty before going through the Omega 4 relay and be able to save your crew from The Collectors. Not so in the Genesis Comic. You have to choose whether you want your squadmates loyal or save the crew. If you choose to save the crew, all your squadmates but Miranda and Garrus die. If you choose to gain loyalty, all the crew except Joker and EDI die. The last flaw I’ll mention is the romance choices for Mass Effect 2, or should I say the complete lack of choices. The Genesis Comic only allows you to choose a romance between Tali or Miranda, nobody else.

The graphics in the game are the same as Xbox 360 or PS3. Don’t believe what some people are saying about Mass Effect 3 Wii U. It does not run slow and the graphics are not rushed. I’ve played through the whole game and the multiplayer and never once had a problem with graphics. They looked great and played just the same as Xbox or PS3.

I would comment on the sound in the game but like before, it’s the same as Xbox or PS3. There’s no difference in sounds, the sound all works exactly when it should, and their aren’t any problems with the sound.

Mass Effect 3 Wii U is a great game on the new Wii U. It finally brings the Mass Effect series to Nintendo fans and it delivers big time. The problem with it is that there are flaws. The Genesis Comic doesn’t really let you make many choices from Mass Effect 2 and there is NO additional DLC for Wii U. The in game bonus weapons are very nice and the GamePad makes the gaming experience even more fun. BioWare still has some work to do on Mass Effect for Wii U but this is a good start.


  • Plays exactly the same as Xbox 360 or PS3 version,
  • the GamePad definitely makes the game even better
  • the game itself is a masterpiece.


  • No additional DLC will come for Wii U
  • Genesis Comic is very flawed by limiting your choices for Mass Effect 2 storyline.

[xrr rating=9.5/10]

9.5 out of 10

Mass Effect 3 Wii U costs $59.99 and is rated M for Mature. Game available in stores now.

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