EA games on Wii U to require Origin

An updated policy document from EA confirms that you will need an Origin account to play EA games online on the Wii U.


Nintendo has been cagey about its online plans for the Wii U, so aside from a few details about voice chat and vague statements about relying on publishers, we've been left almost entirely in the dark. A policy document from Electronic Arts is shedding a little more light on how publishers will apparently get involved: by requiring their own proprietary online accounts.

GameSpot reports that an updated EA privacy policy confirms that EA games on the Wii U will require an Origin account. You'll also have to agree to allow EA to collect your e-mail address, Mii information, friend list, country, language, and date of birth. This is similar to the online requirement for online play in EA's games on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which are generally simply linked once to your PSN ID or Xbox Gamertag.

The document also mentions a "Nintendo Network ID," which may be the company's new name for Friend Codes. If so, we can only hope that the Origin requirement will be a one-time link like its other current-gen counterparts, to make the bizarre Friend Code requirements somewhat easier. Somewhat.

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    October 23, 2012 1:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, EA games on Wii U to require Origin.

    An updated policy document from EA confirms that you will need an Origin account to play EA games online on the Wii U.

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      October 23, 2012 1:39 PM

      "Nintendo has been cagey about its online plans for the Wii, ..."

      I think we know a pretty great deal about how the Wii online works by now. It's been 6 years.

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        October 23, 2012 1:54 PM

        That doesn't mean they haven't been cagey about their plans for it though.

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      October 23, 2012 1:57 PM

      Hinted from nearly a year ago


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      October 23, 2012 7:33 PM


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      October 23, 2012 7:53 PM

      There's no news here right? Don't the other consoles do it also? Additionally it reads like it's automatic anyway, so who really cares?

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      October 23, 2012 8:19 PM


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      October 24, 2012 12:06 AM

      I'm not fond of Origin, neither do I hate it, but it sounds kinda intrusive on the Wii U. My Miis and friend list? Nowhere on PC does it ask for my facebook friends, my e-mail contacts or pictures of me...

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      October 24, 2012 12:07 AM


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      October 24, 2012 12:11 AM

      Are people really surprised, it was clear from day one Nintendo had learnt nothing from Live and PSN

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      October 24, 2012 2:24 AM


      You don't need third-party support that bad, Nintendo.

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      October 24, 2012 5:19 AM

      So, what else is new?

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      October 24, 2012 5:34 AM


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      October 24, 2012 5:38 AM


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      October 24, 2012 5:46 AM

      They basically do this for many sports titles if you want to use all the features they have as it is for some time now.

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      October 24, 2012 5:53 AM

      I can't believe people are still buying EA games despite this kind of bullshit.

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        October 24, 2012 5:56 AM

        I have to buy SimCity. I don't give a shit about anything else they have out right now or in the near future.

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