DSi Speak Channel accidentally revealed?
[UPDATE] Error page on Nintendo's official Web site may have revealed a VoIP option may soon be coming to Nintendo's camera-enabled handheld; reps say there are "no plans" for service.
What we heard: Last November, Nintendo launched the Wii Speak peripheral both solo and bundled with Animal Crossing: City Folk. The peripheral incorporated a microphone to allow Wii owners to chat with up to three friends via the Wii Speak Channel, which features participants' Miis lip-syncing their conversations.
Though Animal Crossing: City Folk sold nearly a million units domestically, Wii Speak was not the sensation that Nintendo had hoped it would be. However, that appears to have not stopped the company from readying a portable version of the service. This week, several outlets spotted something strange on the Nintendo.com support page for an error encountered while using prepaid points cards on the DSi Shop.
The page read, "To redeem a Nintendo DSi Download Ticket number, such as for the Nintendo DSi Speak Channel, enter the number off the Nintendo DSi Download Ticket in 'Settings and Features' off of the main Nintendo DSi Shop page, then select 'Nintendo DSi Download Ticket.'" (Emphasis added.) Nintendo has since removed any mention of the DSi Speak Channel from the page.
The official story: US Nintendo did not respond to requests for comment, but a UK rep told CVG that "It's rumor, as nothing has been announced."
[UPDATE] "There are no plans for a Nintendo DSi Speak Channel at this time. The text for the error message in question was incorrect and has been removed." -- US Nintendo rep.
Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus, given the number of reports and the clarity of the language. Given that the PSP has Skype, adding a VoIP service to the Wi-Fi enabled DSi seems like a no-brainer. Hopefully it won't force gamers to use the DS's notoriously uncomfortable headset, currently used for in-game chat on select titles.