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For Wii U re-releases of existing games, we're republishing our original reviews with added evaluation of the new material. Keep track of all of Joystiq's Wii U launch coverage on the Wii U hub page! The Wii U version of Mass Effect 3, saddled with the puzzling subtitle "Special Edition," doesn't introduce much in the way of console exclusive features. Of course,...

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Credit-stealing space cows and other Mass Effect series facts

A new video from the folks over at Did You Know Gaming will take you on a space odyssey, as guest host Really Freakin Clever narrates little-known bits of trivia related to the Mass Effect series. There's a lot of behind-the-scenes information here that explores the series' origins, as well as...

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I'm Sarah Shepard, and these are my favorite names in Mass Effect 3

When it comes to saving (and romancing) the universe, Mass Effect 3 players turn to Commanders Jack and Sarah Shepard. Outside of default choices John and Jane, those are the most popular male and female names for the RPG hero in the series' latest incarnation, as detailed by a new BioWare...

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BioWare offers coy tease of next Mass Effect

BioWare celebrated its self-imposed Mass Effect holiday "N7 Day" yesterday with special Mass Effect 3 multiplayer sessions and livestreams. The game's developers also took to Twitter, compiled in one Storify post, to tease the next game in the series. There are five teaser images in total,...

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Get your Garrus and Tali on with these Mass Effect hoodies

Made from space-age materials like cotton and poly fleece, the Mass Effect hoodies, featuring designs evoking Garrus Vakarian and Tali'Zorah nar Rayya, are available for pre-order. The hoody designs are officially gendered, so we aren't sure if the proportions are different because of this, but...

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Mass Effect texture pack lands on Minecraft Xbox 360

Mass Effect is the first mash-up pack coming to Minecraft on Xbox Live Arcade, including 36 Mass Effect skins, 22 songs from Mass Effect 3, a pre-build Mars Facility world, and a Mass Effect texture set and UI. It's a massive amount of Mass Effect. The mash-up pack hits XBLA on September 4 for...

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Ex-BioWare writer reveals alternate endings to Mass Effect trilogy

Potential Spoiler Warning Mass Effect fans! Toronto's AM640 did a radio interview recently with former BioWare scribe Drew Karpyshyn, in which he chatted about some of the alternate story theories and endings that BioWare tossed around for the Mass Effect series. Eurogamer has the highlights,...

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Mass Effect 3 'Datapad' logs out

No more beefing up your Galactic Readiness on the go, no more convenient codex cruising, and no more text messages from Miranda. That's because EA removed the Mass Effect 3 'Datapad' this week, relieving the iPad companion app after 15 months of active service. The app's removal is no great...

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Limited edition Mass Effect 3 Paladin pistol replica available for pre-order

BioWare has just revealed this snazzy real-life replica version of Mass Effect 3's M-77 Paladin pistol, available for pre-order today. The weapon weighs 7 pounds, is hand-finished and hand-painted, and is one of a set of only 200 made by collectible firm Triforce. Buying one for yourself will...

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BioWare Edmonton and producer Casey Hudson working on 'a whole new fictional universe'

During a panel this weekend at PAX East, Mass Effect producer Casey Hudson revealed that his team at BioWare Edmonton has started work on "a whole new fictional universe." Other details weren't shared, except that Hudson said that he and BioWare's Senior Creative Director Preston Watamaniuk are...

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Mass Effect 3's 'Citadel' DLC demonstrates the franchise's messy, wonderful soul

This is a weekly column from freelancer Rowan Kaiser, which focuses on "Western" role-playing games: their stories, their histories, their mechanics, their insanity, and their inanity. One of the reasons that the Mass Effect series has been one of the most-discussed franchises of the generation is...

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