Yes, You Will Have To Use Origin To Play EA Games On The Wii U

Since 2011, all of EA's games released on PC have been tied to Origin. PC gamers who wanted to play Battlefield 3 or Mass Effect 3 logged in through the orange-hued Steam competitor, and now it seems that Wii U owners will do the same.

As IGN reports, recent changes to the EA privacy policy indicate that a login to the service will be required for Wii U games. Specifically, one section reads, "If you sign up to play EA games through a Nintendo Wii U console, your Nintendo account information will be provided to EA so that we can establish an Origin Account for you. You need an Origin Account to play EA's titles online."

Owners of PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of games like Mass Effect 3, and users of mobile apps and games like the Mass Effect 3 Datapad or The Simpsons: Tapped Out, already associate an Origin ID with their EA console games in order to play online.

Three games from EA are already confirmed to be released in the Wii U's initial "launch window:" Mass Effect 3, Madden 13, and FIFA 13.

EA Games on Wii U Will Require Origin [IGN]


    No more EA games on the wii U then. ;-)

    Nice try origin for trying to copy steam ps3 support never realising they are out of the league

    I wonder if EA forced Nintendo's hand. No support unless they played ball. Either way, not exactly the news you want to hear first thing in the morning. :S


    Man - I'm pretty much done with EA.

    Dont see the big deal, Dont you already need a EA account to play any online EA game on the consoles?.

      true, but now it seems you have to log in to play the single player content. no internet connection = no game at all.

        I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere. All I could see was that it would be for online gaming.

          exactly! doesn't seem so bad to me.

          sorry, my mistake. its for playing online only.

          Wasn't there a thing last year where no one could play their DA:O DLC on consoles because the EA authentication servers were down?

    Wow....that's just shit, even coming from EA.

    What a shame. I was so fond of EA once. I won't be playing any of their games until this is rectified.

    Good thing EA never release anything that interests me.

    EA really doesn't want to succeed do they?
    Everything they've done recently just seems to be pissing off consumers. Last time I checked, as a company, that's something you don't want to do.

    Not once have I heard of anyone getting Origin for any reason other than because they were forced to...

    I wasn't too worried about this, but then I read this.
    "By signing up to play EA’s titles, you agree that limited user account information can be transferred to EA. Information transferred to EA includes your Mii information, email address, Nintendo Network ID, friend list, country, language and date of birth but does not include credit card number or other financial account information."

    There's some baffling information transferred there, and while I can possibly see some uses for them, I can't see them being needed.

      Essentially put they are getting demographic information about the people who play their games so the marketing guys can... well best left unsaid really.

      But the data is so they can market games to you. They are taking things a smart person would not put on Facebook. Mii Information or Your name if you name them like I do, DOB, E-Mail and Nintendo ID, that's a hackers way of stealing your account right there. So now if Nintendo or EA get hacked your in trouble.

        That's pretty much what I was thinking. I can understand things like email address, country, etc for marketing (not that I like it) and in the case of the nintendo id, possibly used for getting multiplayer to work.
        But do they really need Mii information and friends lists? I could see Mii information if they were using Miis in multiplayer, but other than that, it smacks of just grabbing all the data they can get their hands on.

    When I played the medal of honour warfighter beta on 360 it logged into Origin using my old EA account as I never had origin, so it seems the transition may have already occurred on consoles, incidentally I thought the beta was shit...bad origin!!!

    Cause consoles are always online...........
    Oh well its not like EA has any good IPs that haven't been burnt to the ground.

    Welp, looks like I'm not taking any EA games online. If I even get any at all.

    Who cares? Cue the inane boycott calls.

    So this is... exactly like what's already in place on PS3 and 360, right? Move along, nothing to see here.

    It's like they don't want people to buy their games...

    Lol. Back in the PS1 days, we'd pick up a game and have absolute faith it would be good because it was by electronic arts, but nowadays we put it back on the shelf, use hand sanitizer and walk on.
    In all good bookstores now! the EA story: Falling from 50 shades of grace.

    Man, I still remember when Microsoft got sued for trying to incorporate their browser in their Operative System and truly believed that corporations should be stopped from making monopolistic moves. How young we all were.

    Haven't bough a single EA title for any nintendo console yet- won't start now.

    The thing I remember liking about consoles is that I was able to just put a game in and play it, and if it had multiplayer the console would just use it's own built in system!

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