Nintendo ‘Can’t Promise All Wii U Online Services Will Be Free’

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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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120 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Can I pay in Nintendo club coins

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    1. anonymous says:

      No,cause I suck balls

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      1. Anonymous says:

        and i am a homosexual bitch

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        1. Aeolus! says:

          nice to see you replied to yourself kid

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          1. peteriuss evil back up clone says:

            LOOOOOOOOL!!!

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          2. Air says:

            If you’re talking about the replies, yes. If you’re talking about the OP and the others, no.

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        2. Calztchi says:

          Don’t make jokes about being homosexual.

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  2. Daniel says:

    They’re probably referring to DQX. Which is unfortunate as i was hoping (and i still am hoping) that it was going to be free to play outside of Japan.

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    1. lolcaty says:

      not really. It is gonna be a great game. DQ is a great franchise. Dont care about monthly fees if I know I am gonna get ALOT out of it.

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    2. blackabe11 says:

      I am so excited for the game. But there is no way (absolute no way) I am getting it for monthly charges.

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    3. holonboy says:

      Didn’t they announce something like everyday there’s going to be like a two hour period where anybody can play, even if they haven’t paid the monthly fee?

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  3. Dixavd says:

    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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    1. eeveedude says:

      TBH, I can’t see Nintendo giving out 15+ retail/PSN-like games for $4/mo. HOWEVER, I shall be optimistic. If it’s like Xbox Live though, I’m definitely not subscribing. :X

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      1. Sieg fried Chips says:

        i hate the xbox adverts!

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      2. Air says:

        Yeah, I’d like my Xbox more if it weren’t for Gold and having to pay a subscription for things I can do for free on the computer.

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  4. TheDragon234 says:

    Nintendo version of PSN Plus? Me gusta

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  5. siegfried von hacker says:

    i can’t wait for dreamcast2

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    1. lolcaty says:

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

      Targetting MS? ;)

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      1. siegfried von hacker says:

        why nintendo didnt name the wiiu:dreamcast2?its very good name for a console like this

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        1. Aeolus! says:

          and what about xbox8? where did xbox 3 4 5 6 and 7 go? must be the BORING E3 conference that put me into hibernation mode ;)

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          1. Sieg fried Chips says:

            best comment of the day! hahaha!

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          2. TheDragon234 says:

            Thought it was gona be called the XboxUsher. Wait, thats not why he was on stage?

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            1. Sieg fried Chips says:

              I think it’s time to *put sunglasses on* Usher Microsoft off the console race.

              YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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            2. Anonymous says:

              He is right,nintendo should named it dreamcast2

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              1. TheDragon234 says:

                Your mum should’vecalled Spazzy Mgee

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                1. siegfried von hacker says:

                  and yours:unable wich meens you cant fuck

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                  1. Sieg fried Chips says:

                    hahahahahahahha wtf are you saying fried chips boyyy!!!!!!!?????

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                  2. TheDragon234 says:

                    The
                    only
                    one
                    unable
                    to
                    do
                    anything
                    is
                    you,
                    because
                    You’re
                    unable
                    to
                    spell

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              2. Sieg fried Chips says:

                hey siegfried. good to see you change accounts. So can I but I wont because I am not a sad little basement dwelling kid.

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                1. siegfried von hacker says:

                  then go and but yourself

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                  1. Sieg fried Chips says:

                    make me? Silly boy. Go back to trollducation and learn how to troll like a real troll.

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                  2. TheDragon234 says:

                    He
                    wants
                    you
                    to
                    headbutt
                    ypurself….IMPOSSIBRUUUU

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                    1. eeveedude says:

                      COMMON GUYS, I’M TOO FAT TOO FIT IN THIS SMALL COMMENTING SPACE. D:

                      Anyway, they also forgot Xbox 2… that is all.

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      2. Agent000 says:

        Nintendo loves to make their opinions known about MS and Sony, but in very subtle ways. That’s what I love about them – they aren’t so simple as to resort to flat-out lying, like MS did about the Wii U a few articles back.

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    2. analyst says:

      STFU U MICROSOFT FAG.DREAMCAST2 IS THE NEXT XBOX :)!

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  6. lolcaty says:

    trtrrtrtrtrt

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  7. enigmaxtreme says:

    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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    1. TheDragon234 says:

      I woud pay £40 for stuff like that. I like PSN Plus, its a worth while investment, and on WiiU it would be even better. Even more so if they intergrated it with the 3DS, so you get content on both for one account

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      1. Sieg fried Chips says:

        love you sexy

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        1. TheDragon234 says:

          O_o

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          1. Sieg fried Chips says:

            yeah you!

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            1. TheDragon234 says:

              Erm, thanks, i wasnt aware you found pixels attractive

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              1. Sieg fried Chips says:

                I am a graphic designer in real life. It’s second nature!

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                1. TheDragon234 says:

                  Man,you mustve lovedthe NES days.

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                  1. Sieg fried Chips says:

                    I did indeed ;) I still love Nintendo today. Yes they make mistakes but I still love them for their great work.

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  8. donzaloog says:

    This is to be expected.

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    1. Aeolus! says:

      leave fried duck in my heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      1. Sieg fried Chips says:

        Yeah man leave HEAVEN TO FRIED FUCK!!!!!

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    2. blackabe111 says:

      Aeolus! wanted to say:
      Leave luck to heaven.

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  9. analyst says:

    Wii want good games and not only cassual Nintendo!

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    1. Aeolus! says:

      stop moaning u fag

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      1. Anonymous says:

        Microsoft n sony r shiiiiiiiit!

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    2. Anonymous says:

      You expect kids to play outside instead of gaming like the rest of us? You bastard!

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      1. analyst says:

        you are the bastard and i cant wait sickr to ban you for good!

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        1. Sieg fried Chips says:

          Say hello to IP address switching!

          slurrrrrrrrrp

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          1. analyst says:

            get lost microfail fag

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            1. Sieg fried Chips says:

              I actually love Nintendo and I am NOT SIEGFRIED TROLL :) so try again!

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              1. analyst says:

                what ever wierdo

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                1. Sieg fried Chips says:

                  lol judging on the internet? You’re so sweet!

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                  1. Sieg fried Chips says:

                    u got owned analyst KID

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        2. Anonymous says:

          You got it all wrong! What I meant to say is that there is nothing wrong with casual gaming. And unlike peterius or seigfuck, I actually know how to behave on this site.

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          1. analyst says:

            are you talking to yourself again?

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            1. Anonymous says:

              No. I’m actually telling you that there is nothing wrong with casual gaming. And I am am somebody DIFFERENT!

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              1. Aeolus says:

                YOU ARE THE SAME AS EVERY OTHER FANBOY ON THIS SITE

                FANBOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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              2. peteriuss evil back up clone says:

                stfu and go moan to your mom fag..

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  10. joe zecca says:

    a load of broken promises reminds me of SEGA

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    1. Sieg fried Chips says:

      PROMISES? He said WE DO NOT PROMISE! READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE COMMENTING!

      thanks sexy

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    2. Sieg fried Chips says:

      also he said we dont not promise regarding the 8th gen…

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    3. TheDragon234 says:

      Broken promises….dafuq are you reading because its not this article.

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      1. Sieg fried Chips says:

        Hey dragon

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        1. siegfried von hacker says:

          drago from bakushit?

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          1. Sieg fried Chips says:

            I said dragon. Notice the N at the end. Get it right angry german kid!

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          2. TheDragon234 says:

            Was that even a sentence?

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            1. Sieg fried Chips says:

              It was a question sexy…

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              1. siegfried von hacker says:

                you are gay^

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                1. Sieg fried Chips says:

                  I am a girl so yes I love men! :) Thank you for making me feel better about myself

                  O btw, how would you know I am gay? Are YOU gay? Insecure perhaps? So you wanna call someone gay to make yourself feel better?

                  bless your cotton socks Siegfried…

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              2. TheDragon234 says:

                I feel uncomfortable….

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                1. Sieg fried Chips says:

                  UNCOMFY AROUND GIRLS? ALWAYS KNEW YOU WERE A VIRGIN you are always on here!!!!!!!!!!!

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                  1. TheDragon234 says:

                    *facepalm*
                    urghh,this
                    site
                    i
                    just
                    a
                    magnet
                    for
                    idiots

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                    1. Aeolus says:

                      just like you always posting on here

                      FANBOY!

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  11. Charlie Sheen says:

    Wow so many trolls here

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    1. Sieg fried Chips says:

      Winning!

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    2. Sieg fried Chips says:

      I hope you realise it’s only one troll on many accounts?

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      1. Kirk says:

        Lol. Hey “Sieg Fried chips”, aren’t you “Peteruss”, the person from Greece?

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        1. Sieg fried Chips says:

          nope! Why would I be a loser?

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          1. analyst says:

            hahaha.come on anonymous stop being siegfried,I know ur little dirty game

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            1. Anonymous says:

              *facepalm* I am not seigfried! How many times do I have to tell you. I love Nintrndo, do not troll, hate Xbox, plays all games whether they are hardcore or not. I’m just sick of people being mad at Nintendo for propising Nintendo Land. -_-

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              1. Aeolus says:

                Sieg fried did mention he loves Nintendo. What’s your point?

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                1. Anonymous says:

                  I’m sorry for calling youa bastard. I’ve been on thisste waylonger than himandI justhte it when people expect too much from Nintendo.

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                  1. TheDragon234 says:

                    you are forgiven! Let’s make out.

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                    1. Anonymous says:

                      Do you realize that I’m a guy or that you are joking? No thanks! I’ll just hurry and make me a profile just to avoid this from happening again. I just don’t know how to change these avatars.

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                2. takamaru64 says:

                  Here’s my very first account. And I told you from the start that I wasn’t Seigfried and I’m no longer anonymous. I already apologized for the misconception earlier. Now you believe me?

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                  1. TheDragon234 i CAN COUNT BECAUSE i AM SPECIAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says:

                    faggot

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                    1. Air says:

                      Such a mature reply…

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          2. Anonymous says:

            You are the fucking loser, Seigfuck! That’s for accusing me for using an alternate account I was just correcting somebody on the thread about the fact that there is nothing wrong about casual gaming!

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            1. Anonymous says:

              I am not siegfuck hahahahahahahah!

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          3. Kirk says:

            Yeah you are. Your country sucks.

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  12. Hdhdjdj says:

    Goddammit nintendo dont be like Microsoft!!!

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    1. Hdhdjdj says:

      You can do better than microsoft

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      1. TheDragon234 says:

        facepalm* IDIOT

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      2. anonymous says:

        they’re not microsoft they actually have real games

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  13. Miks says:

    So it’s PSN essentially? Sounds fair.

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  14. blackabe111 says:

    I am not paying for online. I am like never online I am online like 5 times a year. I am not paying for that.

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  15. ANDY says:

    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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    1. Anonymous says:

      *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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      1. takamaru64 says:

        Crap. I forgot to log on before commenting. Sorry.

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    2. TheDragon234 i CAN COUNT BECAUSE i AM SPECIAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says:

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

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  16. FISSION MAILED says:

    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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  17. Eric Sellers says:

    Paid DLC, most likely, but this also sounds like the delicious opening line that indicates they might create their very own MMO-esque game in the future!

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  18. stratisfire says:

    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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  19. Anonymous says:

    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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  20. Anonymous says:

    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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  21. Anonymous says:

    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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  22. Phil.M says:

    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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    1. SonofMrPeanut says:

      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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  23. sosukebzr says:

    i’m not paying for online

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  24. Croxynd says:

    I’m not liking the sound of that. online better be free for games or else.

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  25. SonofMrPeanut says:

    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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  26. Hari says:

    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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