Nintendo: Wii U Online Services will be FREE, no subscription based model

Nintendo head Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the online services of their upcoming console Wii U will be FREE of cost i.e gamers won't have to pay any sorts of subscription fee for it.

Will this improve hardware and software sales of Wii U in the long RUN?

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Wizziokid2152d ago

The way it should be, I would be happy with a PS+ type service which you could choose to pay for but making a P2P model mandatory to access features that should be free is just wrong in my opinion.

sikbeta2152d ago

Nicely done Nintendo, you're on the right track :D

ABizzel12152d ago

The Wii U left me confused and wanting more knowledge after E3, but as more and more information leaks out I'm starting to get a clearer image of the Wii U, and better opinion on it.

All I really want to know are the specs., what the OS and preinstalled software is, what games are coming out at launch, and how much the console will cost.

The specs., cost, and games go hand to hand, because if it's not worth the asking price technology-wise and the games aren't there yet, then I might as well wait another 5 years like I did with the Wii (bought it at launch sold it, just now bought another one).

Sono4212152d ago

Did anyone ever think there was going to be one? I don't think anyone would be stupid enough to make you have to pay to play online, I mean who would ever pay for that anyways when your already paying for it from your internet provider.

Jazz41082152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )

The million dollar question is your service something worth in value that will make people want to pay for it? It would say no one in there right mind would pay for psn or a start up wi u service. When you can offer gamers everthing at there fingertips in a fast and efficient manner then gamers will pay for it. I will happily pay the price of one game a year to have access to a great online network that offers something for everyone.

DeadlyFire2152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )

Still gotta buy USB Lan Adaptor for wired support though. Not a bad price for a 5-7 year online service.

dubal-e2152d ago

I wonder if the one from the Wii will work on the Wii U. It should.

MariaHelFutura2152d ago

**Listen** You should be able to play your games online on any system for free. Period.

Count2152d ago

^That wasn't a counterargument.

MariaHelFutura2152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )

O, yes it was. Don't act so nieve.

gaffyh2152d ago

So you think that Xbox Live is unhackable because you pay for it? Newsflash, everything is hackable , the only reason XBL wasn't hacked is because it wasn't a target, not because it has any kind of amazing security

WetN00dle692152d ago

Yeah but id much rather pay for a STABLE NON-MAINTENECE experience. FREE always comes with a price.

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tehpees32152d ago

Expected it. I am half expecting them to charge optionally but its probably going to stay free.

boybato2152d ago

When companies does it like this, Gamers win!

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