Injustice Wii U Lacks Features Of Xbox 360, PS3 Versions [UPDATE]

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Injustice Wii U Lacks Features Of Xbox 360, PS3 Versions [UPDATE]

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Injustice: Gods Among Us made its long-awaited debut yesterday, but if you're planning to buy the game, you may want to purchase it for a non-Nintendo console.

NetherRealm Studios' latest fighter may be its finest effort to date, at least if you're enjoying it on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Don't get me wrong, the Wii U version of the game seemingly includes all the core gameplay components that make Injustice a very solid fighter, but it seems to lack several features found in its other incarnations.

Most glaring, is word from Siliconera that the Wii U game has no interoperability with the Injustice iOS game. See, the big pull of the iOS title is that by playing it you can unlock content like "exclusive" bonus costumes for use in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games. No such luck for Wii U owners however.

Further, Giant Bomb's Jeff Gerstmann recently corroborated Siliconera's report while adding word of another missing element in the following tweet:

Wii U version of Injustice is missing stuff. No lobby system online (which I think means online practice is gone). Doesn't tie into iOS app.

Unfortunately, we're unable to confirm nor deny these allegations, as we were not sent a Wii U version of the game, despite our attempts to acquire one. Having secured a review copy of the Xbox 360 version of Injustice, I asked Warner Bros. about any differences between the Wii U game and its Xbox 360 counterpart, curious if I should also request a Wii U game for my review. Despite Warner Bros. generally being very quick to reply to all inquiries we send them, I never received any sort of response to that particular question.

If you're wondering why no other news outlets covered these differences before the game was launched, that's pretty simple: Nobody had review copies prior to Injustice's April 16 launch date. The Escapist received two Xbox 360 copies yesterday, and after questioning colleagues at almost every other major gaming site, I determined that everyone was in this same boat. Of course, it wouldn't have mattered if they did, as reviews copies of Injustice came equipped with a non-disclosure agreement which only expired at 6AM on April 16.

We've sent a message off to Warner Bros. asking for clarification on this situation and if there are further differences between the Wii U, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games, and will update when/if the publisher decides to respond.

Update: Warner Bros. has responded to my inquiry, and claims that the lack of a reply to my request for a Wii U review copy of Injustice was simple human error. The company is currently compiling an official response to the rest of this article which will be added just as soon as we receive it.

Source: Polygon

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Doesnt say much for the WiiU. A new console missing stuff that old consoles have. Just makes selling there console a more difficult thing.

As for the game, it looks really good. Im not big on beat em ups but this game does take my fancy.

Escapist: Hey, if you plan on getting Injustice for the Wii U, don't
Me: Well why not? I like my Wii U and Injustice looks great
Escapist: 'Cause it doesn't have everything
Me: Oh crap, that could be bad... what doesn't it have?
Escapist: Two completely inconsequential features that you wouldn't have used anyway!
Me: ... please stop talking...

Honestly who didn't expect this?

Jimalcoatl:
Escapist: Hey, if you plan on getting Injustice for the Wii U, don't
Me: Well why not? I like my Wii U and Injustice looks great
Escapist: 'Cause it doesn't have everything
Me: Oh crap, that could be bad... what doesn't it have?
Escapist: Two completely inconsequential features that you wouldn't have used anyway!
Me: ... please stop talking...

You might not have used it but lacking the entire online lobby system isn't a minor thing. It does change the online multiplayer experience and seeing that this is a fighting game, that's not something to trivialize.

The WiiU.

A technically more advanced console than the PS3 and 360.

Still getting shittier versions of games.

I would be sad if I didn't find it so damn hilarious :D

Daystar Clarion:
The WiiU.

A technically more advanced console than the PS3 and 360.

Still getting shittier versions of games.

I would be sad if I didn't find it so damn hilarious :D

Most Wanted U. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Aliens: Colonial Marines.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

Daystar Clarion:
The WiiU.

A technically more advanced console than the PS3 and 360.

Still getting shittier versions of games.

I would be sad if I didn't find it so damn hilarious :D

Most Wanted U. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Wii U got the better version of Aliens: CM because it was cancelled? Because that's obviously a bigbonus when it comes to that game...

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

Daystar Clarion:
The WiiU.

A technically more advanced console than the PS3 and 360.

Still getting shittier versions of games.

I would be sad if I didn't find it so damn hilarious :D

Most Wanted U. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was better on the Wii U than the other two consoles. All the character are available right out of the gate, it supports a huge variety of controller options, has off-screen play and a friendly community on Miiverse. It also has the, granted gimmicky, Nintendo costumes and Mushroom battle mode.

Jimalcoatl:

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

Daystar Clarion:
The WiiU.

A technically more advanced console than the PS3 and 360.

Still getting shittier versions of games.

I would be sad if I didn't find it so damn hilarious :D

Most Wanted U. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was better on the Wii U than the other two consoles. All the character are available right out of the gate, it supports a huge variety of controller options, has off-screen play and a friendly community on Miiverse. It also has the, granted gimmicky, Nintendo costumes and Mushroom battle mode.

Also, Human Revolution looks like it's going to be added to that list as well. Revamped boss fights, better graohics, hopefully a cool use of the touchscreen for hacking... the boss fights alone should make it a better experience.

Daystar Clarion:
The WiiU.

A technically more advanced console than the PS3 and 360.

Still getting shittier versions of games.

I would be sad if I didn't find it so damn hilarious :D

But then they get better versions of the games that people want, such as Deus Ex with fixed bosses.

That's just... mean.

Not to mention Ninja Gaiden 3, which is far superior on the Wii U than it's competitors (thanks to Team Ninja reworking a lot of things for the re release).

Legion:

Daystar Clarion:
The WiiU.

A technically more advanced console than the PS3 and 360.

Still getting shittier versions of games.

I would be sad if I didn't find it so damn hilarious :D

But then they get better versions of the games that people want, such as Deus Ex with fixed bosses.

That's just... mean.

You mean the better version a game that came out 2 years ago?

Yeah, colour me unimpressed :D

Daystar Clarion:

Still getting shittier versions of games.

Maybe if they spent less time trying to make gimmicks and more time trying to make consoles.

Daystar Clarion:

Legion:

Daystar Clarion:
The WiiU.

A technically more advanced console than the PS3 and 360.

Still getting shittier versions of games.

I would be sad if I didn't find it so damn hilarious :D

But then they get better versions of the games that people want, such as Deus Ex with fixed bosses.

That's just... mean.

You mean the better version a game that came out 2 years ago?

Yeah, colour me unimpressed :D

Elitism! I call elitism!

On a more serious note, you have a point, it's not exactly something to sell your console on. Although it's still a pain.

I always wonder why developers try out new things with consoles, but never seem to go with the obvious direction. If they had given the Wii-U a normal controller as well as the fancy one, you could use it for co-op games quite easily. For example in a shooting game, you could have player 1 controlling the main character normally, while player two has the fancy screen gizmo to control airstrikes/drones/bots/turrets or something.

Earnest Cavalli

They should make the name of the author more visible in the front page so that I can easier skip over Cavalli's articles.

And even if we assume that that's true, the WiiU version has the Nintendo d-pad support, which makes it automatically the best version... well, okay. Maybe not the best, but certainly better than the 360 version.

Zachary Amaranth:

Daystar Clarion:

Still getting shittier versions of games.

Maybe if they spent less time trying to make gimmicks and more time trying to make consoles.

Remember how good the Gamecube was?

Good times, good times.

Maybe if they spent less time trying to make gimmicks and more time trying to make consoles.

I agree, giving just the Gamepad with the base set wasn't a great idea. The Wii U has a ton of controller options (all the ones from the original Wii as well as the touch screen and their new pro controller), but getting them all is a huge cost investment. I don't think that's a good excuse for developers to ignore the console though. How hard is it to integrate controls for both the game pad and pro controller? And just cause there is a touch screen doesn't mean you have to use it.

Nintendo does seem to have realized how important having a non-gimmick controller is though, as there is one included in their new Zombi U deluxe console bundle.

Edit: Quoted the wrong post originally.

Well... I'm not advocating for the WiiU or anything, but seriously, if I'd have one, I wouldn't care less for a shitty iOS version for a couple of new colors and as for the online play... well, I'm not a fan of playing fighting games online anyways.

Well now the Wii U can't even claim to be the platform for playing slightly better versions of games that the other consoles had years ago

Insertclevername:
Not to mention Ninja Gaiden 3, which is far superior on the Wii U than it's competitors (thanks to Team Ninja reworking a lot of things for the re release).

But they just released it for the PS3 and 360 too.

Azure Knight-Zeo:

Insertclevername:
Not to mention Ninja Gaiden 3, which is far superior on the Wii U than it's competitors (thanks to Team Ninja reworking a lot of things for the re release).

But they just released it for the PS3 and 360 too.

Really!? I didn't know that. Well, good for PS3 & 360 owners! :)

Daystar Clarion:

Zachary Amaranth:

Daystar Clarion:

Still getting shittier versions of games.

Maybe if they spent less time trying to make gimmicks and more time trying to make consoles.

Remember how good the Gamecube was?

Good times, good times.

You mean the Gamecube so beloved by gamers it sold less than 25 million units and came last in the sixth-generation of consoles? That Gamecube?

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

Daystar Clarion:

Zachary Amaranth:

Maybe if they spent less time trying to make gimmicks and more time trying to make consoles.

Remember how good the Gamecube was?

Good times, good times.

You mean the Gamecube so beloved by gamers it sold less than 25 million units and came last in the sixth-generation of consoles? That Gamecube?

Might have finished last, but at least it knew what it wanted to be.

Daystar Clarion:

Might have finished last, but at least it knew what it wanted to be.

Which I'm sure is a huge consolation for Nintendo. "Well lads, the Gamecube may have tanked, but at least we knew what we wanted it to be. That's sure to please the shareholders when we tell 'em..."

And what exactly is confusing about the Wii U. It's a console with a regular controller that has a touschscreen. OMFG my mind just melted trying to comprehend all the mindscrew.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

Daystar Clarion:

Might have finished last, but at least it knew what it wanted to be.

Which I'm sure is a huge consolation for Nintendo. "Well lads, the Gamecube may have tanked, but at least we knew what we wanted it to be. That's sure to please the shareholders when we tell 'em..."

And what exactly is confusing about the Wii U. It's a console with a regular controller that has a touschscreen. OMFG my mind just melted trying to comprehend all the mindscrew.

I'm only talking from personal experience.

At this moment in time, there is only one game I'd consider getting the WiiU for, and even then, it's the ultimate version of a game I already own.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

You mean the Gamecube so beloved by gamers it sold less than 25 million units and came last in the sixth-generation of consoles? That Gamecube?

It is always funny how people pretend the GC was some sort of masterpiece...when fewer were sold than the competition AND the fact that most of the people who praise it are just doing so to take cowardly cheapshots at the Wii and Wii U

So, that means the Nintendo version of Injustice ... Wii-l screw U ?? (bdum-tish)
No? Well, okay. Sorry.

OT: to me, this news give me the impression that the Wii-U version was rushed to be released alongside the other versions... Either way it is unjustified and unacceptable.
Perhaps they'll patch it later. That's becoming a trend ...

The Wii U version has Off-TV play.

I'd trade that for "interoperability" with an iPhone game any day.

Daystar Clarion:

Remember how good the Gamecube was?

Good times, good times.

Probably not the best example. While I enjoyed the HELL out of my collection, they charged super exorbitant fees to develop for it, which probably hurt them a lot.

In fact, didn't they do that for the N64, as well? They were all "fuck you, we're Nintendo! We made the Super NES and the Game boy and we can write our own ticket!" And developers went elsewhere?

Aiddon:

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

You mean the Gamecube so beloved by gamers it sold less than 25 million units and came last in the sixth-generation of consoles? That Gamecube?

It is always funny how people pretend the GC was some sort of masterpiece...when fewer were sold than the competition AND the fact that most of the people who praise it are just doing so to take cowardly cheapshots at the Wii and Wii U

Oh, I think the Gamecube was a great console. I can just understand why Nintendo changed direction afterwards, given how utterly it failed compared to the PS2. This was a console with phenomenal hardware architecture, that had games such as Metroid Prime, Wind Waker and Smash Bros Melee, and it still ended up coming in dead last. I really don't blame Nintendo for trying to branch out since then, as they tried going super-hardcore with both the N64 and the Gamecube, and it didn't do a damn thing for them. The Wii was exactly what Nintendo needed after the Gamecube.

I'm hoping that with the Wii U, Nintendo has found a good balance between traditional Gamecube-style console and Wii-like innovative controls. They seem to be working to get the 'core' games on there (Bayonetta 2, X, SMTxFE, W101) so I hope it works out for them.

Not tying into the iOS game? Probably not that big of a deal. Kind of a weird thing to not include, but I doubt it's going to affect purchases

Lack of online lobby? That seems like a huge misstep if true. Sure, some people may say it doesn't matter since they don't play online, but I imagine that a good portion of fighting game fans do. Again, assuming this is of course true.

captcha:....this has got to be the weirdest captcha I've ever received. It asks "Help Robert Frost with his poem": two roads diverged in a wood. The strange part is, since the answer is from a drop down selection, I don't see how this effectively keeps things normal.

well at this point Nintendo should really try to shower developers with money so they get the better version of a game since that might move a few wiius before the ps4 and xbox MS home entertainment system hit hit the market. Because i really don't believe as many people are willing to buy more than one console this generation compared to the last.

i really hope they had a good reason for the omission of certain features because for all intents and purposes seems completely illogical. I can't even fathom why they would do that.

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