As you all may know “Animal Crossing City Folk” for Wii containing the Wii Speak peripheral as is so often the case, I discovered something interesting in the fine print. Here’s a tip: if you’re buying Wii Speak, don’t buy it used.
The Wii Speak peripheral is a microphone that is made to be placed above or below your TV, enabling group Internet-connected voice chat with other people who also own the peripheral. I can’t tell how useful that’s going to be until Multiplayer’s own Tracey John and I try some “Animal Crossing” chat.
The peripheral can also be used without “Animal Crossing,” just for game-free voice chat, but that requires used of the Wii Speak Channel, which will be released in December.
But there’s a catch, a fine print surprise. There is a pamphlet packaged with the peripheral that includes a 16-character code, a “Wii Download Ticket Number,” to be used for downloading the Wii Speak Channel. According to the pamphlet,
this code “cannot be replaced by Nintendo or your retailer if it is lost or stolen.”
And is the peripheral worth it? i think it is, now that online gaming is so popular we should be getting more games that support this, oh man, i wish Mario Kart Wii had it!
We were pretty pissed when we found out that the Wii Speak mic comes with a one-time code to download the “Wii Speak” channel that’ll let you use it, since a single use, irreplaceable code meant you couldn’t trade it in, because it would be a useless bundle of plastic of wires. Nintendo is backpedalling now to say that, don’t worry, you can trade it in. It’s just a huge pain in the arse, since you’ll have to call up Nintendo and get a Wii Download Ticket number. Gee, thanks. [Eurogamer via Kotaku]
Last Updated on November 26 2008
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