During a shareholder’s meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the online network for Wii U will be free to use. Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection – for Nintendo DS and Wii – has always provided free online play, so it’s not too surprising that Wii U’s Nintendo Network will also provide online connectivity at no extra charge.
This was kind of already confirmed at E3 2011…
You can’t confirm what wasn’t even mentioned in very specific detail at the time.
They said the online would be free at E3 2011. Us not knowing the name “Nintendo Network” doesn’t really mean it isn’t confirmed..
I see what you did there…. very specific….. oh you ☜(*▽*)☞
Together Wii U.
AWESOME NEWS!! More money for GAMES AND BEER!!
Games and beers: the dynamic duo
In my country, we call this a win.
In my country, well call this a EPIC.
In my country, we call it, SMASHING (british)
in my country they call this normal (netherlands)
paying extra on top of you’re provider costs would be theft
Theft? That rhymes with microsoft.
In my country, we call it fucking yooo (Northern Ireland)
In my country we call this SWEEEEETTTTTT…
in my country we call it:SMART MOVE
In my country we call it [A HUEVO ES GRATIS]
In my country we call this comment chain UNORIGINAL.
And the irony of this post.
In my country, we spend all day on the web making posts like this.
in my country wii call this HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In my country we call this “we hit it out of the park ” but you already knew that..LOL
Who’s gonna say it? Okay I will…
I love rice!
mice, sorry i couldn’t help it! :P
Lice. Not good.
VICE! City. :P
I knew this was going to happen, but reassurance is great.
This was kinda to be expected.
I can’t see Nintendo charging any money. That wouldn’t be like them.
I wonder how it will be though. Will it be a major improvement compared to the Wii? I hope so! It’s free, so I can’t complain either way though. :)
I bloody hope so haha. From the Miiverse trailer, despite how funny it was, it looks like a very interesting system, being able to suspend gameplay, then go online to the forum like base, then carry on without quitting the game, looks alot more social, but cant wait to get my hands on it and see what there is to do
SMASH BROS ONLINE ALL YEAR BABY!!!!
YES. Brawl was so disappointing when it came to online
Well I am very happy for the confirmation. :D
now we need dragonquest X for free! No monthly payment
ill still buy it regardless
o and SUCKS TO BE A MICROSOFT FANBOY!!!! VAN SCROTUM!!!!!!!!!!!
Let’s hope they dont sacrifice security to keep it cost effective!
Most likely safer than the psn. Nintendo will want to really draw people in with this feature, so it’ll make sense they keep it as attractive as possible
That’s really good news to me. That’s a load off my chest. Leave luck to heaven.
Leave luck to heaven.
I always hope you post that.
No problem. I do it when I feel it’s necessary.
For the price of PSN and the service of XBL, I now present-
There’s no guarantee that it will be able to fully rival Live, but then at least you’re not being charged for it. I’ve seen people who use Live who would love to pay less/nothing for a less complete online experience because they don’t even want or use some of the extra stuff a Live subscription helps fund.
The only Live works better is because Microsoft know how to handle online, but its still inexcusable to charge for it
I was hoping to hear this. I suspected as such.
Just what everyone wanted to hear.
Maybe xbox fans will finally realise theyre being ripped off…not likely though
I realized that ever since my Gold trial wore off and I found out you need Gold to play online. Plus, everything you pay for you can do for free on the computer.
Its ridiculous and greedy. But till now fanboys have just been using the “i pay cos its better and i dont get hacked”, even though xbox has been hacked before, it just wasnt so severe. Hopefully theyll come to their sense and microsoft can fuck off out the gaming business.
Live could have been hacked just as easily as PSN. But PSN was a target for the hackers. So that why it was so severe.
I know, i suffered because of it (did get some free games in the end though)
There goes my guess that the Wii U would sell for $50 with a $10 per month for 3 year subscription fee…
What made you think that?
If i get a console, i expect to be able to use it fully, same with how i expect the same from a video game.
Xbox live is basically DLC, which is incredibly ironic.
I think his making fun of the stupid xbox 360 deal, the $99 xbox that you have to pay a monthly subscription fee for a few years
Of course it will be. This is Nintendo we’re talking about.
This is something we always want when playing video games– Online gaming without paying a single cent. I’m glad the Nintendo Network is a 100% payless online source for gaming, interacting with your friends and surfing the web!!!!!
Aslong as Nintendo Network is atleast a 50% improvement over the Wii Online then this will be a very good start indeed…
But hopefully even better than 50…
The main problem with the Wii was the online servers, alot of them sucked, especially in Smash Bros, but if they were good, it wouldnt be much different from xbox live or PSN, all they do play games in the end, other than that, they had the friends section, which was hardley a massive breakthrough
So now if it turns out to be as good as Xbox Live, looks like M$ might just be in some trouble.
Even if its as good as PSN id be happy. Since the hack PSN has been really structurally sound.
True to Nintendo’s word, Keep the network free to use, and everyone will be happy.
In the UK, prices are diabolical. The more freedom we get, the better.
Now I can sale my PS3 on eBay for a £1
that’s good news.
One less thing to worry about. ^_^
lol that Smile face looks so awkward next to your profile picture
guess i might as well update this~
Its even funnier that it goes with the comments about it as well haha xD
i know most of those people in my Nintendo news :D
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Why is this news? Of course it will be free.
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of course it’s free. no one in their right mind would pay for online. it’s one of the reasons why I’m a nintendo and sony guy while microsoft can lick these nuts.
When you said, “lick these nuts”, i could only imagine a lions ballsack because of your avatar.
YES! I hate xbox live.
What’s the difference between the Nintendo Network and the Miiverse?
The Nintendo Network is an online gameplay network which acts similar to Sony’s Playstation Network. It is the second network created by Nintendo after the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (which launched during the release of Mario Kart DS). It has been made to provide online play for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U compatible games.
Miiverse is Nintendo’s brand new in-game social network.
Good thing it is free.
Ten bucks says the haters who were adamant that Nintendo would screw up by attaching a price to their online are kicking themselves in the shins right now.XD
STAY IN THE DUST MICROSOFT! XD
THATS WHY NINTENDO AND SONY ARE BETTER THAN MICROSOFT, MICROSOFT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. NINTENDO AND SONY ARE ABOUT THE GAMES!
the network will suck and microsoft xbox live will always be the best network
I can’t afford Xbox Live. They’re not the best network… and you have to pay $60 – $80 for playing games online. What a load of CRAP!
PSN is better than XBL. Who the hell pays just to access online?
geez so much xbox hate here, anyways, i do hate paying for xbox live, but the reason we pay extra for fabulous online is because microsoft sold xbox at a loss for a long time, they needed something besides games to profit off of, and this fit the bill. im real glad wii u has free online! as soon as it has a few good games i will start saving up for it plus a 720.
Good thing it’s free, Nintendo’s online service isn’t good enough that I’d pay actual money for it.
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