Dear Nintendo: Splatoon Needs a Voice Chat Option

After playing Nintendo’s first round of public, online Splatoon beta matches, I’m left both indulged and annoyed. Splatoon is not only an exclusive first-party Nintendo title, but one of its rare ventures into shooters; in particular, the world of online shooters. In the hour-long beta, I fought for inked dominance with my team of paint-wielding squids, and I sat alone on my couch wishing I could strategize: holding down a key point of the map until I arrived, getting an alert from a player who needed support elsewhere, or asking about the next round of weapon coordination. According to Nintendo, it’s not supporting voice chat for Splatoon.

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