Been some articles on the web recently about an interview Reggie Fils-aime did with USA Today where he implied online gaming with the Wii would be free. To quote the key Q&A:
Q: You're not pursuing a subscription model?
A: We view online gaming as essentially an enhanced way to enjoy the gaming experience and drive more sales of hardware and software.
Q: How do you extend your online strategy to Wii?
A: It's the same premise. We will offer online-enabled games that the consumers will not have to pay a subscription fee for. They'll be able to enjoy that right out of the box. The Wii console is going to be Wi-Fi enabled, so essentially, you'll be able to plug it in and go. It won't have hidden fees or costs.
It's interesting, because at first glance one might get the strong impression that all online gaming on Wii will be free. But take a close look at what Reggie said - there are some finely-crafted statements here that give a lot of wiggle room.
First, notice that he didn't actually answer the question of "are you pursuing a subscription model?" The answer basically says "online gaming can make games more fun and help sell more hardware and software." Hmm....