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Should It Be This Difficult To Get DLC On Wii U?

24 May Posted by + in Wii | Comments

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Finally we did get an answer albeit very brief stating that DLC would be heading Wii U’s way in the summer. What this will include is anyone’s guess - so those hoping for every costume and character released on the other two consoles so far may want to keep their expectations in check just in case.

Of course this isn’t the first time Nintendo Wii U owners have been prevented from receiving DLC for their titles. Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is just one example of publishers failing to give Wii U versions of their titles the same treatment as any other system, despite mentioning on its game case that the title does in fact support DLC. Black Ops 2 never and still hasn’t received either the Revolution nor Uprising downloadable packs each containing a good amount of fresh maps and gameplay additions. While Xbox 360, PC and PS3 owners are happily shooting away in skate parks, by active volcanoes or inside a giant prison, Wii U owners have had to make do with the original content on disc. Why?

One could assume it’s all down to sales and since the Wii U hasn’t been the runaway success many were expecting it to be, publishers may have cancelled any future updates due to it just not being worth it in terms of costs. Why release a DLC pack for a few thousand when you can focus on a console that will guarantee potentially hundreds of thousands? One might argue that Wii U ports aren’t being given a fighting chance either lacking content or offering an inferior experience overall. Just take a look at Mass Effect 3. Weeks later Xbox 360 and PS3 owners were treated with a Mass Effect Trilogy. How can publishers expect their games to take off on the system when they offer lacking experiences in the first place; and this leads to low sales which then leads to less focus on future games for the console. It’s sad but that’s just the way it goes.

Call of Duty isn’t the only title to have DLC withheld to its owners. Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Mass Effect 3 both have missing DLC which EA have even said will not be coming to Wii U.

While it may all seem bad, there are some cases where games are receiving the same treatment on Wii U as other systems. Ubisoft have been very supportive offering content for a number of their titles from Assassin’s Creed 3 to Just Dance 4. Even Ubisoft’s superhero fighter Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth has gotten some extra outfits for its roster – something Injustice has failed to even do so far.

Whatever way you look at it, things aren’t looking to promising for Wii U owners in the future. If you have to constantly worry about being given the same content and treatment as other systems then it just doesn’t seem worth it. Why buy Injustice on Wii U and wait for months to get some DLC when you can get it on PS3 or Xbox 360 and fight as Batgirl or Lobo right now? Why buy Black Ops 2 on Wii U when it’s missing a cool looking map set in a movie studio? I understand why gamers are unhappy with being kept in the dark and feel publishers need to step up and treat its consumers no matter what system they own with the respect they deserve.

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