I am usually quite thorough about researching products before I buy them. I was excited about the Wheel of Fortune game I received for Christmas, but a little frustrated with using the remote to select letters. The WoF game packaging recommended Wii Speak and I was dying to get it and try it out to improve the game play. The Wii Speak seemed kind of expensive so I checked out a few websites and compared prices a bit, finally deciding to buy through Amazon Marketplace.
Got it today (super fast shipping), hooked it up and we tried to use it....how disappointing!! We had to shout at the mic in order for it to register. Then the letters we called out weren't recognized properly, then the game presents the letters it "thought" you said, which is hit or miss at best. Forget about having it recognize actual words! We sat within 6 feet of the microphone, well within the recommended 3-9', but it still failed miserably.
After our experience, I did some additional research online and found that Nintendo has "reduced availablilty" of this product, now recommend using 3rd party products and they intend to pull the Wii Speak off the market "unless consumer demand improves". I wish I had the option of returning this item, I would do so in a heartbeat! Incidentally, today I noticed that both Best Buy and Walmart have removed this item, and now Amazon only has it available through the marketplace resellers. Hindsight is 20/20 on this one! Don't waste your money!