Nintendo CEO: We Won’t Charge for Online Play with Wii U

At its annual shareholder's meeting this week, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata confirmed that the company will not institute a subscription-based online service like Xbox Live. In other words online play will be free to use like PlayStation Network. According to a translation by, Iwata said that the company considered an Xbox Live-like model for online gaming but ultimately decided against it. The company came to the conclusion that it would attract more customer use by avoiding a subscription model.

By keeping online service open and free, and "by having everyone use the Miiverse together, word of mouth will more easily spread. This will lead to greater hardware and software sales," Iwata told shareholders.

Yesterday Nintendo took a step towards improving its upcoming Wii U and 3DS online multiplayer and ecommerce offerings by hiring Duncan Orrell-Jones to the newly created role of senior vice president of network business.

Source: Andriasang by way of GamesIndustry International

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    Archaic says:

    By offering their online for free, Nintendo's online system for Wii U is already more similar to Steam than either Microsoft's or Sony's offerings.

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    Kajex says:

    If they switched to having to pay for online play… why, I'd… I'D…!

    … I'd really not give a shit, actually. The merits of a pay-for system and a don't-pay-for system are clear in today's market. Obviously, Nintendo feels that it would be better able to stick with a system of not having to pay for online play, and they've briefly stated why it would be beneficial to make that choice. If they'd decided otherwise, it would be foolish to say that they couldn't provide a solid reason for that decision, either. So I'm not sure why folks are adamant that they "need" to stick to a specific decision.

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