Rumor: EA's Origin To Be Part Of Wii U's Online Service

Chat about Nintendo's newest console called the Wii U, unveiled at E3 2011.

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We all know that Nintendo's online services have been a bit lacking. Features that are taken for granted on other consoles are completely nonexistent on Nintendo systems. EA has been aiding Nintendo with building Wii U's online components, but they may be working on more than we think. According to an anonymous source to WiiUGo, EA is proposing making Wii U Origin-exclusive. Origin, EA's online digital distribution platform, has received numerous complaints about terrible customer service, its sharing of personal information to third party vendors, and their deletion of some Origin accounts after their owners were banned from the Origin forums.

Nintendo allegedly sees this arrangement “as an opportunity to rebuild relationships with Western gamers because they feel that only a massive western company such as EA understands what is needed to make an online service attractive to western gamers.”

Granted, Origin may be a step up from what we have now, but do we really want EA running Nintendo's online services, especially if there's an equally viable alternative in Valve's Steam?

What will happen if Wii U goes Origin-exclusive?
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