Miyamoto: Nintendo not “active” enough in online space, subscription fees a possibility

Saturday, 8th May 2010 04:00 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connection. One of these things is not like the others. According to Nintendo mother brain Shigeru Miyamoto, however, Nintendo’s offering won’t remain the F-student of the online world forever. Will that mean subscription fees? Maybe. Bet you can’t guess who Nintendo’s been cribbing notes from.

“Probably the other thing that we are desperate to realise is the core [online] business structure,” Miyamoto told Edge. “Do we need to demand customers pay monthly fees to enjoy online activities? Or give an online subscription that is free of charge, but then offer something extra for people that pay, so that they get some extra value? With these core business strategies I think we are less active than we should be.”

Miyamoto was hesitant, however, to declare his company’s attempt a total failure. He continued:

“It is true, though, that Nintendo hasn’t been very proactive in developing such online activities as an MMOG. But when it comes to our endeavours that try to take advantage of internet technology, where we can provide our customers with more fun and entertainment, then I think we can say we have been very, very proactive and well-received. And that attitude won’t be changed at all in the future.”

Yeah, remember how we called Miyamoto “Nintendo’s mother brain”? Well, we have to assume Samus blew off the part of him that remembered Friend Codes exist right before this interview. Sorry Shiggy, but juggling more numbers than an Excel spreadsheet is not our idea of “fun” or “entertainment.” Sad to say, unless Friend Codes are removed from the equation entirely, gamers’ only response to a Wii subscription fee will be to dismissively chuckle before turning back to play more Modern Warfare 2.

Oh hey, look, a soapbox! Were we standing on that the whole time? Talk about embarassing.



  1. Mike


    #1 5 years ago
  2. frostquake

    Subs for a dusty unit…WOW!!! They are just begging me to trade my Wii in…OH AND BY THE FREAKING WAY>>> I AM MADDER THEN A HORNET BEING POKED BY A HOT POKER…WHY YOU ASK!!!

    Well Here in the great USofA we are getting Black Wii’s..I prefer the Black Wii as it goes with my Decor of the Entertainment Room I have…

    Gamestop is doing a Trade In offer..Bring in your White Bread Wii and trade for the Black Stallion Wii…and just pay $49.00 US Cash and your Done…I was excited as a Bride on her Wedding night, well there aren’t those here anymore but I digress…THERE IS A HUGE HITCH

    I call NOA Nintendo of ASSHOLES and get told that there is NO WAY, and I mean NO WAY I can transfer all my purchases from my white Wii to my Black Wii…NO WAY IN MARIO HELL With Yoshi humping my BUTT can I transfer ANYTHING…WHAT you have got to be kidding me…So my LOUSY Friend Code won’t allow me to transfer anything I ask…Nope Lugi says twirling his evil mustachio, You have to BUY EVERYTHING AGAIN..MUUUU HAA HAA HAAA…FUCK YOU I Said and slammed the phone down


    #2 5 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    Not active enough or just a bit shite? I’d go with the latter. They make you jump through hoops to get anything to work. Friends codes, more friends codes within specific titles etc. Join it all up and get something worth charging for first.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. DGOJG

    I know how you can make the online gaming work for you: bring out some DECENT games that people want to play online. You could also have added it to games that would have capitalised on it; your ‘multiplayer’ Super Mario game would have been great online! Metroid online anyone?

    #4 5 years ago

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