Nintendo will announce an Xbox Live/PSN equivalent for Wii U, and membership will be free
If there’s one place where Nintendo needs to catch up with the competition, it’s on the internet. We’ve seen them take some big steps, including downloadable demos for the 3DS, but there’s more ground to be covered. They need more games with online multiplayer, and a competitive offering of streaming media services.
E3 2012 will bring details to light on the online presences for the Wii U. Netflix is a given, and since Xbox just got Amazon Instant, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see Wii U receive the same. The real question is, what will Nintendo’s online network be like, and how will it be branded? To really be competitive, Nintendo needs an equivalent to Xbox Live and the PSN. Our bet is, the network’s name and its features will be revealed at E3, and just like Nintendo’s past online efforts, it won’t have any subscriber fee.