Purge Box #1: Mass Effect, Deus Ex, Ninja Gaiden & Wii U Outliers

Mass Effect 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge for the Nintendo Wii U are the worst versions of each respective game. They're not bad; they're just better elsewhere. I don't love the games on any platform, but I especially dislike their random appearance on a Nintendo console, so I'm putting them in my Purge Box to be traded into Gamer's HQ at the next opportunity.

Oh, and Mighty No. 9 too, just because I don't like it.

Welcome to the Purge Box.

For each title in question I'm including a video review from GameSpot. They're not necessarily the best/my favorite, but they're reliable and consistent, making them a convenient choice here.

Mass Effect 3

I dislike weird outliers and incomplete groups. Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 didn't come out on a Nintendo console, nor did Andromeda later on in the series, but this one made the Wii U as launch title. It's typically the most poorly reviewed version, and happens to be my least favorite of the trilogy. I've had this disc for more than a year and have never put it in my system, so today I'm putting it in the Purge Box.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Like the Mass Effect and Ninja Gaiden titles in question, this game is the third title in a series that otherwise made no appearances on Nintendo consoles. Unlike those two games, Human Revolution was not a launch title. Though high overall quality (it's scores are extremely close to its counterparts) and the Square Enix label on the case give me pause, I'm giving it two more things in common by admitting it's never touched my Wii U, and by dumping it in the Purge Box.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge

Razor's Edge launched with the Wii U despite no other title from the modern Ninja Gaiden series appearing on Nintendo consoles (other than Dragon Sword, a weird pseudo-sequel that has you holding DS like a book). Its aggregate scores aren't the lowest; what sets it apart is that it's bad everywhere, which hurts more considering it's an remade update to a considerably worse original.  It doesn't fit well in my collection, but it does fit in the Purge Box.

Mighty No. 9

I'm not an upset kickstarter-backer; I bought Mighty No. 9 used from a clearance bin. Outside of its controversy and creators it's completely unmemorable, like something you'd buy for $5 on a Steam sale to enjoy for a few minutes before forgetting it forever. The Wii U version the worst-reviewed, but I'm sure I'd be uninspired with it on any console, which makes it a great choice for the Purge Box.

Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition... almost

Arkham City: Armored Edition is not in the Purge Box, but the thought crossed my mind. It was a launch title despite its predecessor avoiding Nintendo consoles, it doesn't fare as well on the Wii U as other consoles, and I've had it for a long time but always opt to play it on the PlayStation 3.

I could never, though. First, I appreciate that successors Arkham Origins and Blackgate made it to the Wii U in one form or another. Second, using the gamepad as the world's greatest detective seems like it might be a good, natural fit. Finally, I love the caped crusader, and can't part with any Batman games. That's why the Armored Edition is staying right where it belongs (in my home). I just wanted a positive way to close this post.