With the news of Splatoon being the most recent in the line of games not receiving online chat, it has either become clear that Nintendo knows nothing about how to set up an online structure that can support constant chat to others. They want to keep the younger generation of gamers safe from the toxicity of the internet, or they just don’t care about what the Wii U community wants to have on their console. I am going to go over some of the reasons why Nintendo should have no problem setting up a system for if not in game chat then at least party chat.The first reason why Nintendo should be able to have party chat, and is probably the biggest reason; there may not be a lot of people that even remember it exists, but Wii U Chat came built into the systems software at launch. This lets you video chat with anyone around the world just by tapping their mii and calling. This is exactly how Skype works with a web cam and because of Nintendo’s ignorance for a party chat system; I am constantly reduced to calling friends over Skype, or chatting over TeamSpeak. This is not a problem for me since my computer (or phone if that is how you use those programs) is a foot away from me, but for someone that has their Wii U in a separate room doesn’t have that luxury. The function even works while in a game, but you have to put your session on hold while in the call. If Nintendo can set it up so anyone can call a friend without video chat, and keep the call going while playing a game they will be set; they’re already over half way to achieving that.The next point to cover is that their competitors that have been doing this, and basically perfected it the last console generation. Even though voice chat on a console first showed up on the Dreamcast, the company Nintendo should take a page from is Microsoft. Launching the Xbox Live service 13 years ago and giving the Xbox 360 an edge for having an easy way for friends to have a chat while playing separately, together, and even multiplayer with strangers; this showed the gaming industry that couch co-op wasn’t the only way games could be played, and online gaming communities started to grow. Nintendo doesn’t seem to have the knack to learn from what others have been doing so well; are they trying to keep the younger audience away from online bullies and becoming one themselves? The real answer is, whats the point, children will learn from their surroundings anyway; if they are really worried all they need is a parental control and to put it on the parents shoulders to control the content their children get. The other blessing that can be used when there is an annoying person is the mute button; this cancels out the problem right there and the game can be enjoyed. When someone doesn’t want to talk to random people on the internet they can always go into a private party chat and talk to friends that way and have a good time. It is clear that there is no reason Nintendo can’t have a system put into place to expand on the Wii U chat.
So with all the good that Nintendo is capable of putting into their system, they just seem ignorant to what many of people have been quite verbal about. Hopefully with DeNA helping Nintendo with their new online service they can give the insight needed to get a great service out to their community.