Rumor: Will the Wii U Utilize EA’s Origin Download Service?

on November 14, 2011 6:00 PM

Word on the street — and by that I mean these digital tubes connecting you to the world — is that Electronic Arts is pushing for exclusive digital distribution rights via its Origin service on Nintendo’s next-gen console, the Wii U. It’s no secret that Nintendo, for lack of better words, doesn’t have a very strong library of downloadable titles — aside from the Virtual Console — nor the current infrastructure necessary for a service like this to flourish, so the help may be much-needed.

However, giving EA that much more control in the industry is a scary proposition, as Destructoid’s Jim Sterling writes. I’d have to agree with him on that.

On the other hand, Nintendo definitely needs to step it up with the DLC and digital distribution with the Wii U. Remember how Reggie Fils-Aime and Satoru Iwata made a big deal about weapons and other items appearing in shops through WiiConnect24 back in 2005? Yeah, I’m still waiting for my new inventory six years later, fellas.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.