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Wii Speak is a daft little peripheral for the Wii, that alows you to chat, share pictures and send voice messages through Nintendo's Wi-Fi connection. It comes with Speak Channel for this very purpose, which allows for the unnerving experience of projecting your voice directly into the homes of strangers.
There are hardly any games which take advantage of this, and its pretty much been universally panned by all reviewers. Animal Crossing is the only game to my knowledge that you can use Wii Speak with, and even then its not even nearly a necessity.
The actual microphone quality itself is pretty tinny and weak. I think Nintendo should have thought ahead with this one. Few people even play online with the Wii, and even fewer gamers care about using microphones in conjunction with it. Its not a patch on the counterparts from other consoles, such as Bluetooth headsets for the PS3, Xbox and PC, which are actually worth of use, with their infinitely more diverse games.
Its chrome, sleek design however is pretty nice looking, like a sort of late 1990s digital alarm clock. Its fairly robust and durable, but still (remarkably) isnt actually good value for money, despite having only been out for a year, and having dropped in price by about 75%, leaving the asking price at around a tenner. It does come packaged free with Animal Crossing now though, but considering how expensive that game tends to be, doesn't really mean anything.
Its fairly responsive and there's hardly any lag, but its still not worth owning unless you're a total Wii fanatic. At the moment its pretty much being in the process of becoming obsolete, and I don't see it doing any better in the future at all. This is a lot of money to pay for a microphone, even when packaged with a game, and I definitely don't see it taking off.
Wii Speak is a peripheral that, unsurprisingly, lets you speak to others on certain games over Nintendo WFC. Currently only one such game exists, Animal Crossing: City Folk, however The Conduit which (at the time of writing) is due to be released soon which is a very good thing as the Wii Speak peripheral is very good indeed.
Look and Feel
The Wii Speak peripheral is of the same colour scheme to the Sensor Bar, with a light grey plastic body which is identical to the sensor bar, a black front, black microphone mesh and a grey cable making it look completely in place next to the Sensor Bar. It weights a bit heavier than it looks, feeling very robust and quality made. It is aesthetically pleasing, small and unobtrusive.
Robustness and Durability
As mentioned, Wii Speak feels very robust and does not feel fragile. The plastic body is very scratch resilient, with my Wii Speak falling off my television on multiple occasions yet it still looks brand new. Though, like most other microphone products, the microphone itself has a black foam covering and this is naturally susceptible to being caught by anything sharp (not that it should, being on top of a television) The main peripheral itself feels robust and durable but one cannot help but think why Nintendo could not of had a tougher microphone mesh.
Value for Money
At the time of writing, the Wii Speak peripheral only has moderate value for money. Its use in Animal Crossing: City Folk is faultless and works perfectly, coupled with its relatively cheap price for such a high quality product makes this a must buy for all Animal Crossing: City Folk owners. However for those without it this peripheral is not totally useless, Nintendo released a Wii Speak channel where you can enter a chat room with Wii friends. Also you can use Wii Speak to leave audio messages on your message board. This is not worth buying Wii Speak for though, this only gives value for money if bought for use with a game, and hopefully more games are released with support for this superb microphone.
When used on Animal Crossing: City Folk (when you are in another friends town or vice versa) Wii Speak works perfectly. Even over my dubiously slow internet connection there was no lag or echo. On the receiving end, listening to someone using Wii Speak it sounds crisp and clear. It is just like talking on the phone, except this is free, I hope many other games released will support this peripheral.
The manual is rather unnecessary, with one cable going to the Wii it is very self explanatory, no buttons, no configuration, just plug in and play. The manual is in depth, maybe a bit too in depth. The manual could do with being a bit shorter though as using Wii Speak is even easier than using a controller.
Wii Speak is faultless in its look and design. It fits in perfectly with the sensor bar and is a very aesthetically pleasing shape. Currently lack of game support stops it from being a must buy, but hopefully over time this will change and Wii Speak will get the recognition it deserves.
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Nintendo was thought to be behind the competition in bringing out an aid for people to speak to each other whilst gaming. This seemed just a matter of keeping up with the play station and the xbox. Wii speak can only be used with some (very few at present) compatible games, and is at currently being sold in a package with animal crossing whereby you can play interactively online and speak to your friends and have spoken conversations with the people you meet playing the game. There is no point buying this game unless you have your wii connected the the internet as otherwise there is no use for wii speak. Unfortunately at present there is no wireless version so this is only suitable if you can plug it in near enough to the area you want to sit and talk from. Great thing to buy if you and your friends have wii's and play the same games.
Price-32.99 or 14.95 from amazon at the minute.
**What is it?**
Wii speak is a microphone for the wii which can be used in some games or you can use it to chat online with friends/leave them messages -not very original as you can talk to friends online if you have an xbox,pc etc.At the moment i think there is only a wired version which is off putting.Perhaps this is because i am used to a wireless headset with the xbox.
The quality of it is quite good-you can leave your friends voice recordings even if they don't have the wii speak channel.
In my opinion the bad thing about it at the minute is that there is only one wii game out that you can use it with which is animal crossing and as far as i know they only have the one game coming out that is compatible with it.If it didn't come with animal crossing i would never have got it as i just don't think that it is worth the money.They need to bring out more games to go with this and also make a wireless version otherwise customers will be stuck right next to the tv screen because the wires don't go that far.I think this product is not as good as others out there
Making use of the Wii Speak peripheral, the Wii Speak Channel connects you to other Wii users so that you can chat, share pictures and send voice messages via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.