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Old 11-13-2011, 10:41 PM   #1
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RUMOR: Wii U may support Steam or EA Origin

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With new game hardware finally on the way after five-plus years of using the same systems, it's time for the rumor floodgates to open. I recommend taking this info with a heavy grain of salt and preparing to not have a real answer until whenever Nintendo decides to spill the good about the Wii U.
The relatively new Nintendo fan site Wii U Go brings us this rumor, which supposedly comes from an EA intern by way of a friend who's a network engineer at the publisher. If that sounds several steps too far removed to be trustworthy, we'll get to that.
The crux of the rumor is that Nintendo has been working closely with third-party developers to help build the Wii U's online infrastructure. Since many of those developers expressed annoyance that Xbox Live is such a closed system, Nintendo will be embracing a more flexible, open-ended philosophy that should make working on the system less annoying for third-party publishers and developers.
Here's where things get more interesting (if exponentially more questionable as well): Supposedly Nintendo is in talks with EA to make EA's Origin service the digital distribution platform for Wii U. This would grow Origin significantly for EA and (according to the source) help Nintendo win back Western gamer support by putting their digital distribution strategy in the hands of a company that understands what gamers want from an online platform.
The source says that Valve has also talked to Nintendo about using Steam on the Wii U, but EA is "aggressively persuading Nintendo."
Now as said previously, this supposed source is an intern who has talked to a network engineer. In other words, you should be very skeptical about this. If I had to put down money, my best guess would be that the open online infrastructure is accurate but that if Nintendo and EA are talking about bringing Origin to Wii U, it's probably a very minor point of discussion that's not terribly likely to happen.
That said, even if we're being skeptical, we can still consider this hypothetical future. Do you think Origin being a part of Wii U would make sense? Would that help you believe in Nintendo's ability to do online better than they did on the Wii?
It's a weekend, so getting in touch with either Nintendo or EA for a comment on this story is difficult. We'll update if we hear back, though.
[Thanks to Corey for the tip]
SOURCE: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/a...ea-origin.aspx

Has a good chance of being false, but if it's true, I hope they go with Steam instead

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Old 11-13-2011, 11:29 PM   #2
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origin can smd. Steam would be really neat though
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:31 PM   #3
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I agree. Steam should be Nintendo's choice. It's the most trusted service.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:47 AM   #4
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Steam would be very neat indeed, but Origin wouldn't necessarily be awful. I'm just happy they're stepping up their digital distribution game at all.
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:02 AM   #5
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Can someone fill me in on what these two things are? I never heard of them.
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Origin is complete toss. I doubt Nintendo would be able to use Steam though.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:49 AM   #7
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I can't really see Nintendo being able to use Steam either, but it would definitely be a lot better for them than Origin. I haven't trusted EA in a very long time, every time they build up my hopes that they are going to make something awesome they take a sledgehammer to them on release.

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Can someone fill me in on what these two things are? I never heard of them.
Assuming you really don't know what they are, Steam is a client made by Valve that lets you download and run games on your PC without having to get up and go to the shops or have a nice shiny box. It's extremely convenient and very VERY good for indie developers, but I do miss the boxes and manuals and you have to have an internet connection to use it, which is stupid because you might not always have one (like if you're on holiday or a field trip or something), but hey. For most PC games these days you HAVE to have it or you can't play them. Origin is EA's own version they're bringing out, if they haven't done it already.
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I don't know who, but some of these networks will have to provide the service, since Nintendo has not developed any, and also make sure that competitors dont refuse to allow their games to be digitally distributed there.
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Can someone fill me in on what these two things are? I never heard of them.
Steam is Valve's distribution service and a platform from which their PC entries are run. It also functions like xbox live or PSN. Origin is the same idea, but EA runs it I believe.
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