EA Wii U games require Origin and Nintendo Network ID

Tuesday, 23rd October 2012 02:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Wii U’s online identity system hasn’t been fully detailed yet, but we now know that EA games at the very least will require a second layer of authentication.

In an update to EA’s privacy policy, as noted by GameSpot, the publisher has added a section dealing with the Wii U:

V. Information Provided To EA By Third Parties – 3. Wii U

If you sign up to play EA games through a Nintendo Wii U console, your Nintendo account information will be provided to EA so that we can establish an Origin Account for you. You need an Origin Account to play EA’s titles online. By signing up to play EA’s titles, you agree that limited user account information can be transferred to EA. Information transferred to EA includes your Mii information, email address, Nintendo Network ID, friend list, country, language and date of birth but does not include credit card number or other financial account information.

EA currently also requires PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 players to log in with their Origin IDs to access multiplayer and online features for certain games, as with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, for example.

The policy update contains yet another allusion the Nintendo Network IDs, which are expected to replace the old Friend Code system, which Nintendo is retiring.

The Wii U launches in November in the west; get all the details through that link.



  1. Telepathic.Geometry

    Fuck that shite! Darksiders II and Mass Effect II, III completely throw me out of the game by asking me to log on to some fucking network to access some kind of features. FUCK OFF! JUST LET ME PLAY!

    I wish that they could go through PSN or something, I don’t wanna have different accounts for every publisher plus my PSN account. It’s a pain in the arse… Puts me off online play altogether.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Nath_gamer

    Yet another nail in the coffin for the Wii U and Nintendo.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    THis was bound to happen since Nintendo said they were going to have their own online service like their competitor. WHat were people expecting? I mean really. Not that hard to figure out.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Tearsir

    I simply try not to buy every single EA game.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    Forcing console players to use the freaking ORIGIN? Wow, way to go EA.

    It’s the Origin part that is infuriating. Seriously, soon every game (Console AND PC) will require to log in into their respective publisher online store before doing anything.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mojo

    “Fuck that shite! Darksiders II and Mass Effect II, III completely throw me out of the game by asking me to log on to some fucking network to access some kind of features. FUCK OFF! JUST LET ME PLAY!”

    1: i just igrnore that prompt on darksiders 2 every time i start the game which works fine.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah, me too, but it’s still there, every time. It’s like getting a sales pitch every time you boot up the game.

    I admit it, it’s not THAT big a deal, but it really grates on me.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    Previous EA Nation console stuff has shifted to Origin recently. Can’t remember which demo it was but a recent one logs you in to Origin on the 360.

    A couple of people would do well to note that as the article mentions – this is exactly the same as on the PS3 and 360.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight


    No game on the Xbox 360 or PS3 requires you to log on to origin to play the game.

    Because of Nintendo not have their own online system they live it to the publishers to do what they want.

    #9 2 years ago
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