Despite the Nintendo Wii’s initial overwhelming success compared to the Xbox 360 and the PS3, it still failed to keep up with its two competitors with regard to one key aspect: online capabilities. This is why it is not surprising that people are extremely curious about how Nintendo would approach online on their next console, the Wii U. Unfortunately, early reports seem to point towards Nintendo not learning their lesson yet, as their statement regarding in-game chat support hints at a very limited online functionality compared to Microsoft and Sony’s current offerings:
“Wii U will have in-game chat functionality for select games, including, but not limited to, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Assassin’s Creed III and Mass Effect 3. This feature will be supported by licensed stereo headsets that plug directly into the headphone port of the Game Pad. Licensed headsets are available from Turtle Beach and TRITTON.”
The limited voice chat capabilities seem odd, especially since the Wii U GamePad itself has a built-in mic. What makes things even more complicated is the fact that the Pro Controller lacks a port for headsets, so chatting while using the controller is not possible.