The Nintendo Wii U is just a few short weeks away, and will surely be one of the hot items this holiday season.  For all the impressive features of the new system, from the GamePad controller, to the launch lineup, there are rumors of some potentially significant issues that have recently popped up.  The most alarming concerns wireless headsets, and the rumor that the Wii U might not support them.

Here is an excerpt that was first published by Kotaku:

According to Kotaku, the Wii U only supports voice chat with the Wii U GamePad for “select games” such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Mass Effect 3. That’s not even the worst part. The controller’s built-in mic won’t work on those compatible titles, either. Gamers will have to buy a licensed headset that plugs directly into the controller’s headphone jack.

There are a number of alarming details about this claim, if it’s indeed true.  First and foremost, it’ll mean many games will not feature voice chat on the GamePad, which at this point is so basic for a game that it’s as puzzling as it is unacceptable.  Moreover, the idea of Nintendo essentially forcing gamers to purchase a licensed headset, that isn’t wireless mind you, is equally frustrating.  While these are only rumors at this point, and have yet to be confirmed, the fact that it’s even being mentioned is a bit disconcerting, especially given the reputable source that is making the report.

Licensed Headsets only, please…

Are you one of the lucky ones that was able to get a Wii U Preorder?  What do you make of this rumored headset issue, and might it deter you from getting a Wii U if you haven’t preordered already?  Leave a comment below to weigh in!



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