Nintendo reveals UK dates for Wii Speak, Animal Crossing

One of Nintendo's big announcements at E3 was confirmation that Animal Crossing, its successful animal-collecting series for the GameCube and Nintendo DS, would be arriving on the Wii this year. Alongside Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City (City Folk in the US), Nintendo also revealed the Wii...

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One of Nintendo's big announcements at E3 was confirmation that Animal Crossing, its successful animal-collecting series for the GameCube and Nintendo DS, would be arriving on the Wii this year. Alongside Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City (City Folk in the US), Nintendo also revealed the Wii Speak peripheral: a microphone that will allow online chat with other players around the world.

At its recent event in San Francisco, Nintendo of America announced that Wii Speak would arrive in the US on November 16 alongside a new Wii Speak channel, but gave no information about the dates for other territories.

Today, Nintendo Europe has confirmed that Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City will be released in the UK on December 5. The Wii Speak peripheral will be bundled with the game, but will also be sold separately. Pricing was not revealed for either the bundle or the stand-alone Wii Speak kit. In the US, the microphone has been priced at $29.99 (around £17).

The Wii Speak channel (opened up for free via the Wii Shop by using a code supplied with the microphone) will link up to four consoles for chat, or to share text and picture messages. Nintendo says that rather than an individual headset, the microphone will "pick up the conversations from an entire room of people" to allow a wide range of social interaction. The players' Miis will represent the conversation online by matching the sound the microphone picks up, according to Nintendo.

Discussion

19 comments
tyzwain
tyzwain

Lol gunna be funny when my mum pops into my room :P

yasyaf710
yasyaf710

w8 is wii speak gonna be compatible with other games like brawl

nintmanag
nintmanag

@ ledime I LOL'd. Maybe for once they'll do away with the friend codes and introduce an anonymous lobby. Perhaps allow it to retrieve Parental Settings information, and only permit those without those to access the lobby, if they're so worried about that.

ledime
ledime

Sounds cool. I'm just waiting for them to slip in the word 'Friend Code'

Blake46
Blake46

WOW! My wife who is addicted to this game is getting so excited about the upcoming release and now with Wii Speak she is never going to sleep!!!

nick15uk
nick15uk

Wii Speak sounds good but it should have been done long ago.

GCwasthebestsys
GCwasthebestsys

i like this direction it fits Nintendo well. it seems you just have to pay one flat price? that is definitely a trend Nintendo needs to keep up to keep fans excited for 'Wii HD'. keeping the option for either single-player or living-room-to-living-room communication is great for Nintendo multiplayer games like the next mario kart or brawl.

markgowii
markgowii

I still wonder about the people that have surround sound, or just simply loud crappy TVs.. You're supposed to put Wii Speak near your sensor bar [on top?], yes? To me, that just calls out FEEDBACK, FEEDBAck, FEEDback, FEedback, feedback, feedba, feed, fe . . . (oh, and echo)

ctg867
ctg867

Wii Speak is $30, but the lube is free. >_>

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

For Animal Crossing I feel that a headset would be more appropriate. Many of the people I play AC:WW with have families, dogs, hence the sound for anyone coming out will be a mess! Not only that, sometime I or most others I play with tend to use "colorful metaphors" that could be in earshot of children.

Rath3rDashing
Rath3rDashing

I can feel the power of my adiction growing.

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Rath3rDashing

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ColinR64
ColinR64

This is Great!!! :) I can buy it on the 5th and still get more games for my B-Day on the 22nd and Christmas :D

LozzaGS
LozzaGS

One of Nintendo's big announcements at E3 was confirmation that Animal Crossing, its successful animal-collecting series for the GameCube and Nintendo DS, would be arriving on the Wii this year. Alongside Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City (City Folk in the US), Nintendo also revealed the Wii Speak peripheral: a microphone that will allow online chat with other players around the world. At its recent event in San Francisco, Nintendo of America announced that Wii Speak would arrive in the US on November 16 alongside a new Wii Speak channel, but gave no information about the dates for other territories.Today, Nintendo Europe has confirmed that Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City will be released in the UK on December 5. The Wii Speak peripheral will be bundled with the game, but will also be sold separately. Pricing was not revealed for either the bundle or the stand-alone Wii Speak kit. In the US, the microphone has been priced at $29.99 (around