Batman Arkham Origins Multiplayer Missing on Wii U – Our Response

The next Batman game is coming, and it will be available for Wii U. If that is not enough to get you excited, let me tell you about the recently announced multiplayer mode. It is a three-team competitive mode that is sure to bring lots of fans online for play with friends and in random battles. Are you excited yet? It will allow you to play as Batman or Robin as you hunt down others online, or you can play the role of a Super Villain Elite to side with The Joker or Bane. Sounds great, right?? Oh wait… According to the press release they sent us, the multiplayer mode will not be available on the Wii U version.

“The online mode will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.”

We  reached out to the company in order to clarify, and here is what they said:

“MP will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest MP audience.”

It looks like you chalk this up to another half-done port being shipped to the Wii U. I wonder what they will say when it does not sell as well as the other versions.

At this time, I would like to say something on behalf of all of us at NintendoFuse:

Attention third-party developers… We are tired of seeing games only halfway done for Nintendo platforms. We are also tired of you saying they do not sell well. You know why they do not sell as well as other consoles? Part of the reason is because you do not put out the full game. Who would want to buy half a game for $60 or even $50, when they can buy the full thing for $60 on another console? Please correct this in future releases. We will gladly pay you our money, but you need to give us quality games first.

To others who have done this the right way, we thank you very much for not giving us Nintendo fans the stiff-arm. We appreciate it, and we hope that you see that by the way we purchase your games.

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About the author:

Steve has been a Nintendo fan since the NES. He currently owns a NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, GameBoy, DS, DSi, 3DS, and 3DS XL. His favorite types of games are action platformers and multiplayer “party” games. Overall, he loves a game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours, and if that can be shared with friends, it is even better.

Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since April 2008. He started off as an avid reader, and eventually was asked to jump on the team. Currently, he enjoys writing game reviews and sharing breaking news with the fans and readers. You will also find him on the forums as an admin.

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  • Galen

    Nobody cares about Nintendo consoles anymore, they simply can’t compete with the PC and other consoles anymore and there’s no reason developers should even bother with them.

    • hawk1010

      I really love when one person decides that they are so important and so all knowing that they speak for EVERYBODY in the entire world. Your statement that “Nobody cares about Nintendo consoles anymore” couldn’t be farther from the truth. Maybe you don’t care, and that’s fine, although I do question why you would be visiting a Nintendo themed website? Clearly the fact that this site exists is proof enough that people do care about Nintendo consoles. The 3DS just sold over 3 mil units in the last 3 months and had over 11 million games sold for it. That’s a whole lot of “nobody” right there. The Wii U has lackluster sales, that’s true, but Warner Bros.’s decision to omit multiplayer isn’t helping anything. Things will turn around. People have pulled the doom card on Nintendo since 1990 when the Genesis and the Turbografx 16 came out.

  • http://www.wiinintendo.net Jeremy Hardin

    I wasn’t planning on buying this game, but still, I am very disappointed that MP is not included for the WiiU.

  • Gamer_Greg

    There’s 2 big things with this. It’s the catch 22. They aren’t putting multiplayer due to the install base, but typically multiplayer helps improve the install base.

    My other point is that they are free to do what they want, but 1) they will doom the sales of the game by porting over a limited portion of the game. However, if they make the Wii U version cheaper since MP is not included, then I’m fine with their decision. But to charge full price for 1/2 a game sames pretty wrong to me. And to think you are getting a 1/2 of a game when you can get the full game on the 360 or PS3. Should be half of the price.

  • Adam Karlsson

    just another reason for people to NOT buy the game, I guess. I think the game would be living longer on the Wii U with online play, but now, rush through game and put it on the shelf… sad.

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