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Wii Speak Channel unveiled

New service available to buy through the Wii Shop Channel from November 16

Nintendo has announced the upcoming launch of the Wii Speak Channel for November 16, which will make use of the Wii Speak peripheral to ship with Animal Crossing.

The console's microphone accessory will also be sold separately for USD 29.99 and is accompanied by a code that allows players to download the Wii Speak Channel from the Wii Shop Channel for free. Nintendo further announced a number of titles set for 2009 release, including the new Wii games Punch-Out!! and Sin & Punishment 2, as well as Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and Mario & Luigi RPG 3 for the Nintendo DS.

"We have new games and new experiences for every kind of player this holiday season, and that will certainly fuel increased interest in Wii and Nintendo DS," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing.

"While there's no way to gauge total demand for our hardware systems, we're trying to satisfy as many of those players as possible."

Wii Speak was first revealed at Nintendo's E3 press conference earlier this year.

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