You know, I’ve got to wonder if companies are secretly ashamed of their Wii U games or something. I mean, take Injustice: Gods Among Us. Whenever DLC was released for the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions, I’d be getting all kinds of PR emails and seeing announcements on every video game website I’d visit. “Oh look! For $1.99, I can get a new cape for Superman! Where’s my credit card?” There’d be screenshots, exclamation points and sometimes even a game trailer. Yet, when every piece of Injustice: Gods Among Us DLC is released on the Wii U eShop, including a special AmeComi skin pack for Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Wonder Woman that was originally a Japan exclusive, I get nothing.
People could try and present this as no big deal. Sure, releases slip onto consoles’ online shops every day. Except they don’t. When they do, there’s a big fanfare. Take Atelier Totori Plus. It appeared on the Vita PlayStation Store suddenly and without warning, causing a huge furor, but at least Tecmo Koei had an excuse there – there was shifting in the PR department, causing Atelier Totori Plus to get lost in the shuffle – and it’s making sure followup Atelier Meruru Plus gets plenty of attention. In this case, with Injustice: Gods Among Us, even Nintendo didn’t make a point of saying in it’s weekly eShop update, “Hey, by the way, you can get all the Injustice: Gods Among Us DLC for your Wii U now.
If this was a one time mishap, I’d be willing to laugh it off, but it isn’t. It’s a sign that the Wii U eShop is a joke and that developers and publishers don’t care enough to point out additions to it and support it. For example, the Wii U version of Little Inferno had a temporary, 50% price cut late last month. Did you know? Did you see any hype about that? I’ll admit I did, but only because it’s my job to notice it.
Of course, you can’t blame companies for not making a big deal over the Wii U eShop. Aside from Mutant Mudds Deluxe and Game & Wario, all of the new releases have been “re-releases” of Virtual Console games, quite a few of which we’ve already seen on the Wii Shop Channel. People have no reason to visit the Wii U eShop. There’s no point. Especially if they’re stuck with one of those 8GB Wii Us.
The point is, we have to give Warner Bros. a pass on dropping the Injustice: Gods Among Us ball here. Sure, nobody told us the Wii U DLC was coming. Can you blame them? Nintendo managed to make the 3DS eShop an attractive place to visit, despite a terrible launch. This Injustice: Gods Among Us DLC facefault needs to be a wakeup call for the company. If one of the biggest, recent releases on the platform’s DLC isn’t getting hyped up, then it’s on Nintendo to make the eShop better so it doesn’t happen again.