The first in-game screen grabs of Mass Effect 3 running on Nintendo’s Wii U answer a couple important questions: How does the game look? And how does it utilize that GamePad thingamajig?
First, it looks fantastic, certainly on par with the other console versions. As for the GamePad functionality, it presents a large tactical map as well as what appear to be ability icons vertically aligned along both sides of the screen for thumb-touch access.
The remaining question I have now is how distracting will it be to have to constantly look back and forth between the TV and the GamePad screen? That’s something that won’t be answered until the game and tablet controller are in my hot little hands (if I even decide to buy a Wii U).
Along with the nice pics, BioWare has also confirmed key details about what content will make the Wii U version, which is scheduled to ship as a launch title this holiday season. All DLC, including the Extended Cut ending, will be included, as well as the complete multiplayer experience and an interactive primer that will bring newcomers up to speed on what went down in the first two games.