No Wii Speak (and Possibly Animal Crossing) for Me

Have you been hearing about publishers efforts to block or prevent the resell and trade-in of games? Nintendo’s not any different.

The peripheral can also be used without “Animal Crossing,” just for game-free voice chat, but that requires used of the Wii Speak Channel, which will be released in December.

But there’s a catch, a fine print surprise. There is a pamphlet packaged with the peripheral that includes a 16-character code, a “Wii Download Ticket Number,” to be used for downloading the Wii Speak Channel. According to the pamphlet, this code “cannot be replaced by Nintendo or your retailer if it is lost or stolen.”

A Nintendo rep further clarified to me that the channel won’t be able to be downloaded through any other means. You won’t be able to get it off the Wii Shopping Channel manually, nor would you be able to buy it. Essentially, the Wii Speak Channel will be available to new purchasers of the Wii Speak mic and that’s it.

Gimped games being sold at a premium is coming. It’s for certain publishers are thinking about it. My guess is you’ll buy a disc and have to enter a code or a one-time use key to get a level, ending, weapon, or character. Of course, you’ll need internet access, and I can see companies like Microsoft making it so you have to be a Live Gold subscriber.

My wife wants Animal Crossing. We’re not getting it if we don’t find it without the mic. Who is there going to be to talk to on the Wii anyway? Like I want to share a friend code to talk, and I’d rather take a bat to Tom Nook’s knees, not leave him a message.


  1. Please tell me that they added the “take a bat to Tom Nook’s knees” feature. I may even consider paying for the privilege of doing so, and I know others who would too.

  2. This is the world we live in, unfortunately. Didn’t someone at Epic mention recently they want to force used-game players to “buy” the final boss? That’s a slippery slope to go down.

    I’m not saying I agree one way or the other. It’s going to happen.

    BTW, a bat to Tom Nook’s knees sounds like a fabulous idea. GTA: Animal Crossing. I like the crossover possibilities.

  3. hmmm i might get it… but ys

  4. The thing that irks me about this move is that for the people who don’t have internet access (or reliable, highspeed access) are really going to be screwed in a year or two.

    I hope it never gets to the point where devs have to go this route. You’d think it would be a lot easier to, you know, DROP THE PRICE POINT BY ABOUT $10 OR SO and get people who seem to have no problem paying $55 for a used $60 game to buy the games new instead.

    And who actually wants to use Wii Speak?

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