Last week I highlighted that Nintendo’s support for voice chat on the Wii U is frustratingly lacking and how it feels like Nintendo is once again missing the boat on what should be a standard feature. Apparently, that wasn’t the end of the story are more and more games are turning up to be lacking in voice chat support for the Wii U, while they do support it on every other platform. To some, it might seem like a minor thing, but for anyone who has ever played a game online with friends and everyone has a headset, you understand why this is a feature not to be overlooked.
It’s fun, plain and simple. It’s a good way to catch up with your friends or even hash out some ideas you are working on. The sheer amount of hours that I’ve spent in the past few months alone on Minecraft on the Xbox 360 while talking to my friends from different parts of the country would blow minds, yet, it was fun. Nintendo has always been about fun and delivering a great experience to gamers, and while I understand that at times, vulgar things can happen on voice chat and that Nintendo does its best to be kid-friendly, there has to be a better way, right?
The latest game with voice chat on the chopping block on the Nintendo Wii U is Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Eurogamer is reporting. As for a reason for the lack of inclusion, the game’s EP, Steve Lycett, had some interesting insight as to why the game would feature voice chat on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3; “One of the side effects of being a launch title basically. Does support it on PS3 and 360 though!”
In this case it is not clear if they didn’t have enough time to implement it, or if it was simply too difficult to do so.