Nintendo did consider voice chat for The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes was one of the surprise announcements in this week’s Nintendo Digital Event.

The multiplayer-focused iteration will see three players able to join join forces through either a local or online connection, although, as we’ve come to expect from Nintendo, voice chat isn’t supported.

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The Nintendo 3DS exclusive instead presents players with eight commands, suggestions and congratulatory animations on the touch screen, that Nintendo hope will help you convey to your fellow adventurers what you need to do.

“It’s actually creating a new form of communication,” director Hiromasa Shikata explained to The Verge. “I believe it might be a little bit stressful for players to try to figure out how to communicate what they want to do, but I think that because of that feeling, when you’re able to do it successfully there’s a level of satisfaction that you don’t find in other games.”

That isn’t to say that Shikata, who was also the creative force behind 2013’s exceptional A Link Between Worlds, hadn’t considered voice chat’s inclusion.

“Yes, we did,” Shikata replies when asked. “With voice chat, what we would see is a highlight in the difference of experience levels between the players. Higher players would tell lower players what to do, and lower players would wonder why they’re being told what to do.”

Do you agree with Shikata’s thoughts, or is the lack of voice chat a deal breaker toward buying Link’s latest adventure for you?

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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