Skip to main content

Turtle Beach teams with Nintendo for official Wii U headsets

Turtle Beach NLa
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Wii u everything you need to know pricing launch release date
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Though past Nintendo consoles have offered online functionality, they’ve always paled in comparison to similar offerings from Microsoft and Sony. In an effort to ensure that gamers see the upcoming Wii U console as a truly viable online gaming platform, Nintendo has signed an agreement with peripheral maker Turtle Beach to develop two separate headsets specifically for the console that will allow Wii U owners to experience the same sort of gameplay experience they might find on other consoles. Specifically, 360 degree sound and the ability to shout taunts at whoever just shot your avatar in the head.

The less expensive of the headsets is dubbed the Ear Force NLa, and is expected to hit store shelves in time for the 2012 holiday season. It features a $35 price point, and according to Turtle Beach, offers “high-fidelity stereo game audio and crystal-clear communication in a sleek, lightweight and durable design.” It’s designed to plug directly into the Wii U’s GamePad controller, though helpfully Turtle Beach also made the device compatible with Nintendo’s 3DS and DS handhelds. 

Unlike the NLa, which can be purchased in both black and white, its big brother, the Ear Force N11, is only available in black. It too should hit shelves in time for the holidays, but at a slightly higher $50 price point. The N11 features all the accoutrements of the NLa, except that its “acoustically angled 50mm speakers” offer superior sound, and its “lightweight headband and breathable mesh ear cushions” allow for comfortable play even during extended gaming sessions.

While these both seem like quite solid devices, the real news here is that Nintendo is making a direct move into territory that has been foreign to it for years. Microsoft and Sony have allowed players to chat back and forth while playing their games via headset for the majority of the past decade, and this deal with Turtle Beach appears to be an attempt by Nintendo to even the playing field a bit. Unfortunately, as both of these headsets are third-party devices that must be purchased separately from the Wii U, they won’t have the ubiquity of the Xbox 360’s headset, but it’s certainly a novel move for Nintendo. 

Still, given the company’s long-standing attempts to sanitize its online experience, we’re curious to see how widely employed these devices might be. If Nintendo decides to prohibit free speech in online multiplayer games, they may effectively become merely nice pairs of headphones.

Editors' Recommendations

Earnest Cavalli
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Earnest Cavalli has been writing about games, tech and digital culture since 2005 for outlets including Wired, Joystiq…
Save $10 on Turtle Beach Xbox gaming headset at Best Buy today
turtle beach recon 70 for xbox deal best buy december 2020 gaming headset

The holiday season is the perfect time for gamers to upgrade their gear, as retailers keep rolling out gaming deals for consoles, games, and accessories. If you're on the hunt for gaming headset deals, take a look at Best Buy's offer for the Turtle Beach Recon 70 gaming headset for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S that slashes $10 off its original price of $40, bringing it down to just $30. However, if you want to get the headset before the season of gifting ends, you should click that Buy Now button as soon as you can.

The Turtle Beach Recon 70, officially licensed for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, is optimized to deliver Microsoft's Windows Sonic surround sound on Xbox through its 40mm over-ear speakers and is also compatible with Dolby Atmos for Headphones. Games, movies, and music come to life through the wired gaming headset, which is also compatible with other devices such as the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, and smartphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Read more
PS4/PS5 Headset Deal: Save on Turtle Beach Stealth 600 for Prime Day
save 40 on turtle beach 600 wireless headset for ps4 ps5 prime day 2020 stealth deal

With Amazon Prime Day here, that means a wide array of huge savings across the board. Gaming is always one of the main sections to receive substantial Prime Day deals with such a diverse selection of offers available. There are many Prime Day PS4 deals about, and one area to receive the sales treatment is headsets. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 wireless gaming headset for the PS4 is available, and not only is it compatible with the PS4, but it can also be integrated with the upcoming Sony PS5, giving you a perfect reason to grab it in advance. Not only that, but it has a colossal saving of $40 to make it even more enticing -- one of the best Prime Day gaming deals we've seen to date.
The headset comes with a comfortable design for maximum comfort. A microphone on the side can be flipped up, creating a nice, compact style to the whole headset. It also features a unique ProSpecs comfort-driven design, meaning that owners who wear glasses will experience no uncomfortable pressure when wearing the headset. Each speaker is 50mm in size for powerful, high-quality audio. Being wireless with a 15-hour battery life, players can go the whole day in comfort and not have to worry about the battery failing.

As for the sound, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 prides itself n true virtual surround sound, giving owners an immersive experience whether they're playing games, watching movies, or listening to music. The surround sound is dubbed Superhuman Hearing, meaning owners will be able to hear elements such as the footsteps of an enemy behind them. Multiple tools also reside inside the headset to customize your experience. Bass boost enables the ability to hear thundering blows and immense explosions across a variety of content. It also includes variable mic monitoring, so that you never have to shout down the headset and can adjust the levels accordingly to create the most natural experience.

Read more
Nintendo Switch sales surpass 50 million, nearly quadrupling those of the Wii U
Two people playing Nintendo switch

Nintendo Switch My Way - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Despite being nearly three years old, the Nintendo Switch continues its dominance in the video game realm. During its latest financial report, Nintendo revealed it has sold more than 50 million consoles, putting it ahead of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and almost quadrupling the lifetime sales of the Wii U.

Read more