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Nintendo plans to slowly kill Wii Speak

Wii Speak was largely designed for one game, and wasn't particularly effective on a large scale, which is probably why Nintendo is now tightening the peripheral's noose. Gee, we've never seen anything like that from Nintendo before.

Wii Speak was to be Nintendo's version of the standard online chat headsets widely used on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Nintendo argued that online play should be an entire living room experience, so Wii Speak was designed to sit on top of the TV and capture sound from the entire room. It came bundled with Animal Crossing: City Folk.

Of course, it quickly became obvious that such a set-up was only conducive to, well, Animal Crossing: City Folk. Pretty much no other games got extra value from it. Nintendo even began encouraging developers of more typical online games to use a third-party headset instead of Wii Speak.

Now, the company will reportedly widely scale back on shipments of the device, making it available to "limited retail locations" only, and will add new stock "if consumer demand increases" but not under any other circumstance. So it's not totally dead yet, but if we were to attach a Wii Vitality Sensor to it, we probably wouldn't get much of a pulse. Oh wait...

[Source: GameSpot]

Nov 2, 2010

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11 comments

  • Spade103 - December 2, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    Hell, i wasn't even aware there WAS a Wii Speak
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - December 2, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    I called it! http://www.gamesradar.com/f/nintendos-most-failingest-peripherals/a-200907081084532066
  • el_kazzanova - December 2, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    i have a Wii and 360, and i have to say i never cared for Wii speak, i mean a head set (personal device) yes, but a Wii speakn (whole living room device) no, just no. Do you have any idea how many times my mom, sister and cousin come in my room screaming and bitching? just NO.
  • batmanboy11 - December 2, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    I thought it was already dead...
  • oryandymackie - December 2, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    So, what's happening? The old 'tie-'em-to-a-chair-and-beat-'em-blue' routine, or is Ninty going to let Speak bleed out?
  • Unoriginal - December 2, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    Hey, I remember that thing from E3 once. Did it even make it to Europe?
  • BadWobot - December 2, 2010 11:38 p.m.

    How does one kill off something that was already DOA?
  • SideOfBeef - December 3, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    Ubisoft announces plans to release Innervoice in Q4 2011.
  • Bomberman - December 3, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    I bought that :,(
  • Gorillaman23 - December 3, 2010 2 a.m.

    God dammit! Had more people bought it, and more developers made use of it, the Wii Speak could have been great. I bought it, thinking how much more fun chatting with people while playing the Conduit would be, and I ended up raging how absolutely NO ONE else actually bothered to buy one. Hopefully the Conduit 2 will have a bundle that comes packaged with this supposed headset I've heard talk about.
  • Letter11 - December 3, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    @Gorillaman23 I understand your frustrations. But you should just get and Xbox.

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