Wii U will support in-game chat, but only through licensed headsets

Thursday, 18th October 2012 23:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

To use in-game chat in those few Wii U games which support the feature, you’ll need a headset plugged into the Game Pad – even when you’re not using the controller.

Nintendo told Kotaku that “select games” including Assassin’s Creed 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Mass Effect 3 will support in-game chat.

Rather than utilising the Game Pad’s built-in mic, chat requires a licensed stereo headset from Turtle Beach or Mad Catz plugged into the Game Pad; there’s no jack on the Pro Controller which is likely to be the input method of choice for serious multiplayer fans.

Nintendo has given no indication of a wireless headset option any time soon, and has not implemented universal support for in-game chat.

The Wii U launches worldwide in November and December; get full launch details here.



  1. Phoenixblight

    Oh geeze Nintendo.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    They dropped the ball on that one.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    Sounds like bullshit to me :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight


    Its right from Nintendo’s mouth so no bullshit.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Clupula

    @4 – Don’t worry. He’s just buying time before he finds a way to try to turn this into a positive. I’m sure pretty soon it’ll be “Why would anyone want to play with anything but the GamePad, anyway?”

    #5 2 years ago

    Nintendo: Clueless about the core since 2006.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. mojo

    wow. this clearly takes the piss!

    a) licensed only
    b) wired!!!
    c) controller mandatory


    #7 2 years ago
  8. polygem

    @6: LOL

    this truly blows. i certainly don´t want to buy another audio system!
    i have 3 consoles hooked to the tv atm and the least thing i need is another headset lying around.

    @5: there never was such a thing like people defending nintendo for the sake of defending them…only for good reasons, which there are plenty of, or if people piss over them with the kids games argument or other crap which just needs to be clarified. your imagination is running riot again here i guess.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. freedoms_stain

    Well this is massively foolish.

    The thing has a mic on it but you have to buy another mic? foolish

    There’s no wireless headset support of any type? foolish

    Having to use “Licensed” products? foolish

    It absolutely has to plug in to a controller you’re not necessarily using as opposed to directly hooking up to the console? foolish

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Clupula

    @6 – I’d say it’s been way longer than 2006. I’d say it was since the moment they decided to stick with cartridges instead of CD’s, back with the N64.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    This isn’t important. No one is going to use the pro controller on launch anyway.

    Everyone will be preoccupied using the sweet tablet controller to play NIntendoland anyway. I’m also sure that you’ll be able to use unlicensed options too, seeing as its just going to be a mic. Prob similar to PS3.

    #11 2 years ago


    …being able to use voice chat in-game isn’t important?

    Is that what you’re trying to say?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    Look when I’m playing Pokemon Battle Arena a year from now, do want to hear 30 year ole men screaming “I choose Pikachu!”? I do not.

    #13 2 years ago

    Yeah, but what about the people who have friends?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    @13, i’m not sure that WiiU fanbase is full of 30 year ole men that are huge fans of Pokemon. :D

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Timurse

    I want to hear ye old “I FUCKED YOUR MOM YOU FAG” said by unmature voices while playing Call of Duty 29 on my brand new Wii U.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Fin

    I think this is more important than the have-to-be-plugged-into-gamepad story:

    “has not implemented universal support for in-game chat”

    So I can’t chat to one of my friends when we’re both online? Does this mean there’s no party system either?
    This was hinted at before (with Nintendo saying it was up to third parties to implement online), but I didn’t they they were that clueless.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. NocturnalB

    Lmfao! Best comment vine this week.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dragon246

    The online will probably suck, now that all doubts are blown away .
    A system with 3 sets of controllers (each working separately) and a non-unified online and no trophies/achievements. Yup, next 6 months will be amazing to watch, hearing how desperately NDF will try to spin this into something positive, but cant.

    #19 2 years ago


    What this means is that Nintendo’s ‘new’ online system is as half baked and last-gen as it ever was.

    Only a “select” group of titles are going to have something as basic as voice chat??

    What a joke.

    What makes it even more ridiculous is the token Miiverse, which is supposed to be some sort of serious attempt at a decent online system, where you can read people’s noobie questions about which button makes Mario jump, or something like that.

    No wonder Elite doesn’t work! Don’t expect basic features from PS360 games to be available on Wii U any time soon.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    @19, Say that to Sony with their PS3 when that brick launched for 600$ without anything.

    @20, have you ever thought beyond your Call Of Duty fanboyism and Nintendo-hate that Elite can’t be launched there when WiiU have no decent CoD fanbase not to mention that Elite supports old CoD’s which again WiiU does not support. First of all Elite must offer decent value to the player which right now it can’t do obv on WiiU.

    For your info, WiiU has more memory to support any current gen online infrastructure better than the competition right now.

    But whatever really, your brain is infected with Latvia and Call Of Duty anyway.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Fin


    Sigh. I agreed with the first part of your post (PS3), but then you went into your normal bullshit in the second part.

    lol cod scuks shitty sub hd res

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    @22, Moron, where is “Cod scuks and sub hd res” in my previous post? If you won’t find any you are an idiot and can GTFO really.

    #23 2 years ago


    Boy, do you have an amazing ability to talk utter gibberish!

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    @24, Boy, do you have an a amazing ability to talk utter bullshit with CoD fanboyism sauce on it.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Fin


    I read between the lines bro!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Dragon246

    Yeah, after sony dropped their balls so hard with ps3 launch and 3ds launch, I guess ninty would learn a lesson, but I guess they dont.
    And yeah, how pc sucks the most.

    #27 2 years ago


    Why don’t you go and learn English, Mr 400 hours on MW2 in one summer.


    #28 2 years ago
  29. monkeygourmet


    I was just responding in that way for Clupulas benefit.

    This is pretty shitty if it’s the only way it’ll work.

    It’s more likely it will change over time. There putting a lot into mii verse so they prob want people to use that at launch, it’s still a strange choice though.

    Im pretty sure a wireless headset will be available pretty soon after launch to use with the pro controller.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Fin


    Dude, I think it was 500. And wasn’t it Black Ops?


    Ur, you’ve nothing to back up either of those statements. Sony never added cross-title voice chat to PS3. They would’ve announced a wireless headset to use with the pro if it existed, no?

    #30 2 years ago

    ^ It was probably both!

    #31 2 years ago

    #32 2 years ago
  33. OrbitMonkey

    Of course, derission aside… It’ll probably still sell bucketloads. Especially after the Ninty magic kicks in.

    And by magic, I mean the inevitable post-launch price cut :-)

    #33 2 years ago
  34. mojo

    nice derailing here!

    #34 2 years ago
  35. monkeygourmet


    No, but there’s it’s not a problem from a technical perspective, that’s the difference.

    I think it’d be good to wait and see what features Mii Universe has before getting your panties in a twist.

    There’s some obvious steps in the right direction with the online on the 3DS and things like Unity on the Wii U.

    Also a COD developer thinks you can use any headphone with a MIC, that hasn’t been confirmed, but NIntendo would want you to use licensed products anyway, so it’s prob true.

    #35 2 years ago

    Miiverse features described here:

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Fin


    Eh? How do you know it’s not a technical issue?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. monkeygourmet


    Sounds pretty damn cool to me! :)

    Lots of interesting new features here, can’t wait to try and draw a big cock and balls and try and get it past the Nintendo censors!

    #38 2 years ago
  39. monkeygourmet


    Because it easily contains enough memory to get cross game chat working.

    Judging by the video that G1GAHURTZ just posted, it looks like the tablet pad and Miiverse is the main focus for a while.

    #39 2 years ago



    I think 90% of the drawings will be something like that.

    #40 2 years ago

    Btw, Kotaku speculate that the reason for wired headsets is that wireless ones may interfere with the gamepad signal, as it has a whole load of data to send. Way more than a normal controller.

    If that’s the case, then you can forget about any official wireless controllers.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. monkeygourmet


    Iwata looks like he knows that the video! :)

    I bet their crapping their pants at Nintendo Network, I hope their ready for a metric shit-ton of:

    Cock and Balls
    Pictures of Mario banging Peach
    etc.. etc..

    Maybe we should have a VG247 competition:

    Who can get the first classic ‘cock and balls’ picture on Miiverse!?


    #42 2 years ago
  43. freedoms_stain

    @41, that doesn’t sound all that credible to me, there is more spectrum available for consumer electronics these days.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. _LarZen_

    Not the best of news….but personaly I really dont care. That big controllermdrags me to it like a bug to the light….

    #44 2 years ago

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