Nintendo has detailed how the Mario Kart 8 voice chat feature will work for fans, along with new tidbits of information about the game’s online multiplayer aspect.
First and foremost, a headset is not required for Mario Kart 8 voice chat. Instead, players can egg each other on or talk trash using the Wii U GamePad’s built-in microphone, with one exception of course. Players are limited to talking to one another in the “lobby area” while waiting for a race to start. Additionally, they can exchange pre-defined test-based messages — similar to the phrasing style featured used in Mario Kart Wii.