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Nintendo Wii: Nintendo Talk Future Online Services And Possible Payment

Shigeru Miyamoto has readily admitted that Nintendo have been a little slow to develop their online business model.

“Do we need to demand customers pay monthly fees to enjoy online activities? Or give an online subscription that is free of charge, but then offer something extra for people that pay, so that they get some extra value? With these core business strategies I think we are less active than we should be.”

“To be honest, I think it’s rather unfair whenever I hear such comments – that Nintendo isn’t proactive when it comes to its online strategy,” he added.“The fact of the matter is that we always want all Wii consoles to be connected online, all the time, so Nintendo has never been less than proactive in that kind of endeavour.

“It is true, though, that Nintendo hasn’t been very proactive in developing such online activities as an MMOG. But when it comes to our endeavours that try to take advantage of internet technology, where we can provide our customers with more fun and entertainment, then I think we can say we have been very, very proactive and well-received. And that attitude won’t be changed at all in the future.”

– Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo

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16 comments

  1. Cmon! The fucking PS2 has better online with killer titles like the SOCOM series, Ratchet & Clank, Metal Gear Online (Servers closed) etc. etc. even the Madden Games which supported voice chat, and text chat are better then any online game the Nintendo Wii has of now.

  2. If they make it close to PSN, then they don’t have to worry about it not pleasing people. I hope they don’t charge. I already pay for XBL, I don’t want to pay for my Wii either.

  3. Online services with no need for payment always atract public, or keep the people online. The payment for extra features in my opinion it’s an unffair method. Extra features should be given to players by their skills. If the payment method is a necessity, charge the access, not special itens or features

    1. If we are talking about purchasing items in a game, such as a weapon in Call of Duty, then I absolutely agree with you. However, when I first read the article, I though he was talking about more general features of the system. What these could be, I don’t know, but in that case, I would be less angry. For example, charging for new Wii Channels that use the internet connection. I would not be opposed to that. I mean.. I would prefer them to be free, but I realize Nintendo is a business, and they want to make money, so I can understand charging for these kinds of things.

  4. NOOOOOO! Don’t you dare charge for your online gaming Nintendo! Please! If you do decide to charge, please do something similar to what Sony is doing. They are soon going to reveal PSN+ (think that’s what it’s going to be called), which will remain free, but those that pay extra get extra features! I can’t afford to pay a monthly fee of any kind, and I’m sure many other people wouldn’t pay simply for online gaming, even if they could!

  5. They need to make it more like Xbox Live, friend requests, demos, and other things. But most of all, PATCH YOUR ONLINE GAMES, THE CONDUIT STILL SPAWNS ME UNDER THE MAP. I love you Nintendo, but you don’t care about your online community no matter how many times you say you do.

  6. “that Nintendo have been a little slow to develop their online business model.”

    Shouldn’t it be “that Nintendo has been…”?

    1. Companies are usually treated as plural entities, and I’m pretty sure the author who wrote that has this in mind and deliberately wrote “Nintendo have”

  7. Only a matter of time given the domination of the xbox and it’s online community. 15 million gold members with a new subscriber every 5 seconds. Halo Reach just broke the beta record with almost 3 million people participating. Demos, developer contests, DLC, party system, etc. Infinity Ward said over 11 million UU’s have logged in from an xbox to play COD games.

  8. Thats a cute little Idea but theres no way in hell Nintendo would get me to pay for anything online related after experiencing the true hell of what Brawl plays like over Nintendo WiFi 3 years stright! How dare they even think about charging for online when they can barly even call this a service. Really now there thinking way to slow and not focusing on whats happening in the present. What they really should do is release patches to the Nintendo Store for games like Brawl, Tatsunoko and any other horrible laggy games that are basicly unplayble online. I tried to sign into Brawl yesterday around 4 and I’m guessing the servers were down? So why should anyone pay for something that dont even work when the servers are up? Theres not even that many games to play online so really paying is a automatic fail and will lead to some angry custermers on some homebrew hacking rage i’m sure.

    1. If service becomes paid that obviously means Nintendo will upgrade its service for future online games, right now its free and it plays like its free, maintaining and managing a huge server and database system for every player costs money, especially if the consumers want it to work smoothly, and like every other company Nintendo is not an infinite pool of money.

      1. Okay so your telling me the reason why Wii plays like crap online is because its free and the multi million making money machine called Nintendo cant afford to fix the online for there number 1 selling game Brawl and I should just accept it because its free? Then why does PC, PS2, PS3, PSP and the DS ( a Nintendo product) all play just fine online without lag and there all free? I’ve played the original Xbox online and Xbox 360 and they still lag big time and those actually cost money so really paying doesn’t mean better at all. Paying for something you already pay for (internet) should never cost money to use no matter what you do. Paying just to play online only proves that your desperate and cant live without it and thats exactly what corporations want from there consumers.

        Lets just imagine that Brawl and Tatsunoko Vs Capcom played flawlessly online for free. That would only mean that there are a total of 3 games Including Mario Kart Wii that I would actually play although I rarely play MKWii anymore. DOES THAT MEAN I SHOULD BE HAPPY? No there are not enough games period on Wii to play online and if you ask me the only reason the PS2 / Dreamcast era is still alive is because of Wii! I’m not looking forward to what Nintendo will be bringing for there future online service when i know that PSN and XBL will most definitely out shine them by default. I am looking forward to the next console Nintendo comes out with though I wont be so quick to wait at Gamestop for the midnight release this time. Meanwhile it would be nice if I could at least play some games online without lag or hackers dominating every game! IN LAMEST TERMS. Playing online for free without lag is only normal. PSN and PC people are doing it. Why cant Wii?

        Sorry Greencheese but this is 2010 now. There is no excuse for this poor online service the Wii has to offer and even if they were to fix it by making us pay to play. I would still be scared for life from the abuse Nintendo’s free online service has put me through therefore I wouldn’t trust the premium service neither. I don’t know about you but I don’t have the money to fork out to play Gamecube quality games online after buying the 100 accessories i’ve already bought for the Wii and even if I did have the money thats not were I’m spending it. I sold my Xbox for the same reason and if it wasn’t for Brawl I wouldn’t even own a Wii anymore. If you think about it I’m only asking for the Wii to do what its advertised to do. If you cant understand that then its a shame and your part of the problem why Nintendo’s hardcore fan base cant even enjoy the Wii because all these casuals are taking over!

  9. It’s not an infinite pool of money, but surely it’s a very large ball of money. A money behemoth you could say.

    I agree that Nintendo would -have to- improve online and get more pay worthy titles on the Wii and ditch Friend Codes if they’re looking to “have Wii online all the time”. If I were to pay for Nintendo services (which I would consider upon hearing ideas for new features) it would have to be for a FC-free Wii online. I wouldn’t mind paying for lobbies, friends list, and other stock online gaming/online interaction features that have been around since the 90s.

    …and I thought this news item was posted once before.

  10. GUYS WII ONLINE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH IT IS THAT THERE IS NO ACCOUNTS LIKE XBL OR PSN SO NINTENDO SHOULD DO AN UPDATE THAT WE GET ACCOUNTS AND THEN WE COULD FRIEND REQUEST WITH NO FRIEND CODES, PLAY GAMES WITH EACH OTHER BETTER WITH NO FRIEND CODES, AND HAVE A WII SYSTEM ONLINE GUIDE WHEN YOU PRESS THE WII HOME BUTTON SO YOU COULD CHECK WHAT MESSAGES PEOPLE SEND TO YOU OR WHO WANTS TO BE YOUR FRIEND ALSO TO HAVE AN OFFLINE AND ONLINE MODE SO IF YOUR ONLINE IT WILL SAY THE GAME YOUR CURRENTLY PLAYING AND IF YOUR OFFLINE IT WILL SHOW YOU HOW MANY DAYS, MINUTES OR HOURS HAVE YOU BEEN OFFLINE AND IT WILL SHOW THE LAST GAME YOU PLAYED WHEN YOU’RE OFFLINE.LASTLY IT SHOULD HAVE A STATUS TO SHOW YOU WHICH PEOPLE HAVE YOU PLAYED WITH. SO THEN YOU COULD SEND THEM MESSAGES OR FRIEND REQUEST AND YOU COULD ALSO CHECK THEIR FRIEND LIST. THERE THAT WOULD MAKE THE WII ONLINE TO KICK A-S-S

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