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

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.

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Based in Australia and having come from a lengthy career in the Aussie games media, Brenna worked as VG247's remote Deputy Editor for several years, covering news and events from the other side of the planet to the rest of the team. After leaving VG247, Brenna retired from games media and crossed over to development, working as a writer on several video games.