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Wii U Video Chat Unveiled (Video Chat On-Demand During Game!)

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Published on Jun 3, 2012

Nintendo has announced a Video Chat App/Service for the Wii U. It uses the Wii U GamePad's camera. I bring you details along with a short story (from the event)!
Though Sunday afternoon's Nintendo Direct video presentation mostly featured company president Satoru Iwata talking straight to the camera, the executive stepped aside for a few minutes in the middle to allow a somewhat corny demonstration video to play out. In it, a nerdy guy is playing a generic shooter on Wii U and can't defeat a particular zombie boss.

So he turns to the Miiverse for help. Using his network of connected pals, he asks for assistance in how to beat the boss. A wave of simple text messages are sent back to him, but then something much more interesting happens -- he fires up a video chat session.

There in all his glory is "OctoG123," Nintendo's new octogenarian spokesperson who's managed to leverage the technology of the future to berate our poor, wimpy protagonist. The plot of the video is immaterial, though. The real news is that Wii U supports Skype-like video chat on demand.

The Wii U GamePad was placed against the TV screen for the chat session to begin, but that was likely just to set up a cinematic shot of what was happening. In practice we should be able to keep the GamePad firmly in hand as we reach out to friends to talk through the combination of handheld screen and television display.

So what do you think? Is video chat something you'd be interested to use through your Wii U? And just what would you have done to defeat the zombie boss. anyway?
- http://ca.ign.com/articles/2012/06/03...

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