Something disheartening I've seen lately was Wii Speak microphones in the clearance section of Wal-Mart's electronic department.
You expect to see old peripherals or add-ons here since the lifespan of the system was expiring. But not current system peripherals like this only released last year. All with the urgent red tag for selling.
It's one of the frustrating things about Nintendo is how they make so many gadgets but sometimes, many times fail to support them.
Taking voice chat & making it more than just a simple headset showed Nintendo's forward thinking on the subject.
A community mic. Smart idea. Goes right along with the inclusive togetherness approach Nintendo took with the console.
But they've sort of abandoned it. Not highlighted as a wanted feature. No use of this peripheral in terms of gameplay. Somebody can make a videogame version of 'Telephone" in the game mechanic & cause all sorts of fun.
Super Scope 6, the SNES' Zapper so to speak, had a 6-in-1 game pack but after that who substantially used that peripheral in games? The SNES Mouse from the legendary Mario Paint. Used heavily for that game definitely but where else?
According to Wikipedia, so far only 6 games use Wii Speak: Animal Crossing: City Folk (Let's Go To The City for PAL cats), Endless Ocean 2 (just released in Japan in September & nowhere else yet), NHL 2K10 (only for North America), The Conduit (no Japan release), The Grinder (which ain't even out yet—try 2010— & is still looking for a publisher), & Uno on WiiWare (also not out but finally will make good use of this feature).
Basically right now Wii Speak is the Animal Crossing mic.
I find it useful to leave messages like an answering machine to a friend's Wii through the Wii Speak Channel but I don't know anyone who has a mic of their own so I can't use the chat feature (Wii Speak Channel should have a better integration inside games to meet up for play).
It's a letdown because it's a nice peripheral that can really be useful as a bonus as well as a needed feature for gameplay & game design.
There's loads of things people can do with this system & make it zing.
What are your thoughts about Nintendo & Wii Speak?
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