Wii Speak is a microphone accessory for Nintendo's Wii video game console. It has speaker recognition to associate the speakers' voice to the corresponding characters or Miis. Connected to the console via USB, the device can be placed near the video display, allowing voice chat to be conducted with the entire room.
Nintendo announced that Wii Speak will have its own Wii Channel. The Wii Speak Channel is unlocked for download by a 16-digit Wii Download Ticket, included with the Wii Speak package upon purchase. Those who enter the 16-digit code on the Wii Shop Channel will be allowed to download the Wii Speak Channel.
Wii Speak enables people to connect to and communicate with friends using the free-to-use Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection* in a way that is very socially inclusive. Wii Speak can be connected directly to the console and pick up the conversations from an entire room of people, meaning friends and families can all get involved in conversations, sharing gaming and social experiences together. Its just like using a phone to make a call and chat with other Wii-friends, but with Wii Speak, everyone in the room can get involved in the conversation.
The new Wii Speak Channel, accessed from the Wiis main menu, allows up to four console users who can be anywhere in the world to connect together to chat, or to share pictures and text messages at no extra cost. Once connected, the Wii Speak Channel brings users Miis to life as users Miis represent them on-screen during their conversations. When players are talking to each other, their Miis also talk to match the sound that is being picked up by the Wii Speak accessory.
Users have to share their private Friend Codes to be able to communicate with each other, which makes the experience safe and fun.
As well as enabling people to connect together through the Wii Speak Channel, Wii Speak also opens up a new world of social gameplay. The first game to use the full capabilities of Wii Speak is Animal Crossing: Lets Go to the City, in which players can create and share their personalised worlds.