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Nintendo "cannot promise" online services will always be free

Nintendo cannot rule out the possibility it will charge for "deep" online services on Wii U at some point.

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sikbeta1910d ago

Eh... PSN is not at the same level of Live and they're not charging, Vita provides features that PS3 doesn't have and they still don't charge, only a Freaking Hardcore Nintendo Fanboy would pay $60 or more for something that will not be on par with the established Online Networks, let alone Live...

ABizzel11909d ago

And in all honesty Live isn't worth the $60 charge either. At the end of the day you're paying $60 to play your games online, because most of the other features are services you can use on your computer or PS3 for that matter free.

MS needs to adopt a PS+ online service, because I am one of many who will not continue to pay for the increasing prices of XBL, when I can now get the exact same experience on PS Vita, and soon PS4.

fermcr1910d ago (Edited 1910d ago )

That's the way it goes. Next gen all online gaming on consoles is going to be paid. Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony.

The costs of online gaming is just to high for the console makers and developers, so it's inevitable that it's going to be paid. Microsoft set the trend and others will follow.

BitbyDeath1909d ago

Sony have already gone their own route with PS+.
Maybe Nintendo will follow Sony or do something completely different?

dark-hollow1910d ago

"We have a wide variety of consumers, from the ones who enthusiastically play video games to those playing more casually, who are not always interested in them but try to play a game only when it has become a public topic or play it just during certain periods, like a year-end season and summer vacation.
"We cannot promise that Nintendo will always provide you with online services free of charge no matter how deep the experiences are that it may provide."
Satoru Iwata, president, Nintendo
"We therefore believe that services which ask our consumers to obtain paid memberships are not always the best."

online multiplayer will still be free from charge.

mike1up1910d ago (Edited 1910d ago )

Nintendo copies Microsoft's controller (Pro controller), and Sony's online strategy (Playstation Plus).


ChickeyCantor1910d ago

It wasn't even MS who came up with that design. And let's not forget the snes controller.

As long their basic features are free Im cool with that.
As long I can hop in a match whenever, im ok with that.

killerhog1910d ago (Edited 1910d ago )

The xbox controller was heavily influenced by the DC controller. But if you wanna go way back is more like the sega master controllers.

corrus1910d ago

And stupid blind Nintendo fanboys saying that always Sony and Microsoft copies from Nintendo

mike1up1910d ago (Edited 1910d ago )

Everybody copies everybody.

As long as they don't copy the bad stuff, then who cares?

ChickeyCantor1910d ago

Corrus couldn't get any of the 'good' endings. He had the worst ending in ME3. That is why he is so bitter.

Excited2play1910d ago

I'm actually surprised they might try to charge for a "deep level" of online functionality.

Whatever that means.

HalfNerdHalfAmazing1910d ago

If Nintendo gonna charge me to play online every month the n network better be as good as xbox live

ChunkyLover531910d ago

I don't think this is a surprise, how can people expect these companies to lose millions of dollars a year and not gain anything from a service? I highly doubt the price would be that of Xbox Live, especially since this is their first real try at an unified online network, but I'd gladly pay some small fee to actually have a working Nintendo Network.

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