During Nintendo’s latest shareholder meeting, company president Satoru Iwata was asked whether the Wii U’s online service, Nintendo Network, would be free to use, or whether it would require a paid subscription, much like Xbox Live.
Thankfully, Adriasang has reported that, following in the footsteps of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection on Wii and Nintendo DS, access to the Nintendo Network on Wii U, as it is on 3DS, will be free.
On the Wii U’s online service cost
Iwata said that he doesn’t necessarily reject the idea of a paid service that allows not just Wii U but various other devices to connect to Nintendo Network. However, when considering Nintendo’s users, a paid membership service is not the best approach. By having everyone use the Miiverse together, word of mouth will more easily spread. This will lead to greater hardware and software sales.
Maybe access to the Miiverse will be free, but Iwata didn’t seem to rule out the possibility of a paid premium service. If a PlayStation Plus type of system is implemented into the Wii U’s online service, let’s hope the subscription costs don’t turn out too high, and the content is worth paying extra for.