Wii U – Nintendo will not charge a fee for online

Friday, 29th June 2012 14:37 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

During a shareholders meeting in Japan, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said a subscription for Wii U’s online service isn’t “the best approach.” While he said he is not adverse to subscription plans, he feels with everyone using Miiverse together, word of mouth will more easily spread and lead to greater hardware and software sales. Thanks, Andriasang.



  1. OlderGamer

    Nintendo +1

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Lounds

    Good cause it will be shit

    #2 3 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    That would put the nail in the coffin if they’d charge people for their online support.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    This alone side with a non all the time connected, are good things in gamers eyes IMHO, now lets hope this is an improvement over the 3DS online offering, if thats the case it will be good.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    Actually having a decent online game at E3 would have helped. EA talked about BF3 last year at their conference but it looks like nothing came of it. This year it seems like the only online game they showed that core gamers might be interested in is ZombiU, and i’m not even sure that has online MP, i’m just assuming it does.

    What else was there otherwise? Nintendo Home-i mean Land?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Fin

    I’m quite happy paying ~£30/year for Xbox Live – it never goes down, patches are tiny, XBLA is awesome, party voice chat, no waiting 30m for anything to moderate, no online codes for first-party games.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Gadzooks!

    As always, you get what you pay for.

    #7 3 years ago


    Not charge people money for next to nothing?

    I agree… Good plan.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. xino


    why should i PAY to play a game online!?
    i’m already paying for internet service and other things, i paid a lot of money for a console and i paid money to buy a game. So why should i pay to play the game Online!????
    Not to mention the stupid Online Pass.

    Glad Nintendo isn’t taking this route, online game i will only pay for will be MMO.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. stretch215

    Sure they won’t charge for their online which, if the past tells us anything, has a really good chance of being really bad.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. stretch215

    Cue the nintendo defense force. LOL.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. polygem

    ^thx, here´s my take on this:
    online gaming is way overrated. especially competitive online gaming. people pretend that only omp gaming MEANS gaming these days, like your online shooter is the definition of gaming. actually it brought more bad than good to gaming imho…at least if you look at your average shooter stuff. i am not against it, i am loving halo, but still…
    i like nintendos approach. they are very relaxed with their online stuff. it never was their focus and i cannot see why this must be a bad thing? it has to improve sure, unique gamer id´s are needed/ an acoount that tracks everything you bought online so you can redownload it again easily but to see mp as a less competitive but more coop focused service is a good thing imho. people who complain about that will prolly also complain about the lack of a second circle pad in the 3ds. maybe those people just do not like nintendo games or refuse to like them because they think they are not “cool” or kids stuff. a huge mistake, at least in my book. i really liked what they showed this far about miiverse.
    i am a bit sick of hearing that xbl is the masterpiece of online gaming structure, while in my eyes it is good but useless at the same time and it really is more of a perfectly crafted service to get your cash. they even added commercials and ads to the service now and people still defend it. this really is strange stuff…but yea, you get what you pay for i guess.

    #12 3 years ago

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