Nintendo has announced that while Wii U’s standard online services will be free, there’s a possibility that Nintendo may ask users to pay for a deeper online experience. Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata says that Nintendo can’t promise that it will always provide a free online service in the future.

“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.

“But at least we are not thinking of asking our consumers to pay money to just casually get access to our ordinary online services.”

“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,” he said.

“We therefore believe that services which ask our consumers to obtain paid memberships are not always the best.”

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  1. Sounds fair. I hope they go the Playstation Plus route of adding the nice but unneccassary features for a paid membership while giving great discounts/free downloads of dlc or download-only titles. Services like that are great if they can set out a plan for consistently changing rewards for being part of a paid membership.

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  2. If we get a Nintendo version of Playstation Plus they better give us some good features like FREE Gamecube games or an early access to Smash 4 demo

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  3. Wow that “Sieg Fried Chips” (A.K.A “Anonymous”) really needs to get a freaking life. He/she commented on every single comment almost. What a retard, Xbox fanboys troll this site too much because it’s so damn good!….. Wii U rules, Nintendo rules!… Peace out Wisconsin!!

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    • *facepalm* That anonymous was me and it all started just because I insulted Aeolus for hating on casual games. And the “real” Sieg Fried Chips accused me of being an alternate account. That was just me arguing with him over the fact that I wasn’t him. He just called me that because I insulted Sieg Fried Chips for starting this would mess. Now that I actually made an account nobody will ever mistake me for him again. -_-‘

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    • Actually Andy…. Fried chips praised the Nintendo wiiU. Read before commenting you faggot

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  4. Fair enough. If it’s like Xbox Live, then I have to complain at Nintendo. Like PSN is good, unless there is another outage.

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  5. i think what theyre getting at is that they will allow some publishers to make there games have a monthly fee type deal, aka with mmos, so theyre keeping themselves safe by saying that they can’t guarantee that it’ll be 100% free because of those options.

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  6. So PS+ Basically. Cool.
    Which is the BETTER choice personally.
    I rather not be forced to pay-to-play but then again it does have it’s perks!

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  7. Still doubt they’ll charge for stuff…I think this has been said so if at some point they change their minds, they won’t be going back on their word. Although of course if they find themselves struggling to make profit they may feel like they have to have some paid services

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  8. Actually, this isn’t anything alarming at all. I mean, no videogame has a full free online service! Iwata might be talking not only about DQX, but other stuff that we need to pay to get it online, such as DLCs, the Netflix and Hulu (do we pay to use Hulu? Never tried before) services, etc. If we can still acess the internet and play most of the games online for free, I’m fine with that! And like someone said: it might be a good opportunity for MMO games to shine on the Wii U.

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  9. So I see that everybody in the comments talk about the PSN+. Since I don’t own a PS3, is there a special feature in PSN+? or is just a simple online shop?

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    • You can do all essential online things for free but also get bonus content like the occasional free game and beta access.

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  10. This is fine. PS+ seems to pull it off in a reasonable manner, and I can see it working here. It would be cool if full subscribers got some free games like the other said service. It can be assumed that online play will be free, so no worries here.

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  11. Please no paid subscriptions… Please. Seriously, please. I’m okay with one-off stuff, but the lack of subscriptions is one of the reasons I actually like Nintendo…

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