Nintendo says Wii U online will be free

During a shareholders meeting yesterday, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said that there will not be a fee to access the Nintendo Wii U's online services.

A general translation of his comments by Andriasang reads, "Iwata said that he doesn't necessarily reject the idea of a paid service that allows not just Wii U but various other devices to connect to Nintendo Network. However, when considering Nintendo's users, a paid membership service is not the best approach. By having everyone use the Miiverse together, word of mouth will more easily spread."

He added that he believed word of mouth gained from a higher user-based would lead to higher overall sales. In the presentation he also noted that there are no near-future plans for a new model of the 3DS beyond the 3DS XL. He cited concerns about mass production efficiency in his explanation.


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  • tehtimeisnow - July 2, 2012 3:43 a.m.

    just more proof the that wiiu is a total garbege cuz when u have free online u get wat u pay for cuz it sukcs i mean just look at the ps3 its horrable and never works and sony steals ur credit card informatoin and the xobx live always work flalessly so nitedno sucks and this is a bad way to start doing online
  • Thedigitalg - July 2, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    Every troll comment you've posted, I've never seen a single person take the bait. You are a terrible troll.
  • PanicJester - July 2, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    shhh! don't talk to him your giving him a woody...
  • alexandre-bret - June 30, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    Only game I play online is Marvel vs Capcom 3 here and there. its always good to have an alternative that doesn't charge for the casual online gamer. The fact that Nintendo will be free and have titles like Smash Bros., MarioKart (eventually) and other titles that I actually care about is bonus.
  • Octaviux - June 30, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    I disagree with some of the directions Nintendo is going with their next console but this is one area they're showing smarts and respecting their customers. So it remains Microsoft as the sole village idiot that is charging for online play.
  • IceBlueKirby - June 29, 2012 9:02 p.m.

    Good to know, if not particularly revelatory. Nintendo and Sony both have the right idea, maybe Microsoft will catch up with the 720. (yeah right)
  • ElwoodFiore - June 30, 2012 6:50 a.m.

    You pay for live for security, sorry playstation fucked you over. lmaooo Dont get butt hurt, im just defending my system as your shitting on it. So theres that. And you guys only bitch about having blueray and internet browsers on the apocalyPS3. Whoopy doo dah, if your gonna be playing online you must have a internet connection, oh that means a computer than too..... Not to mention xbox is getting ie9 for free and we already have crackle for free so yes the 60$ monthly sub is actually worth the security lol.
  • ParagonT - June 30, 2012 7:30 a.m.

    I don't think it's worth it personally. Your not just "paying for security" your paying for all the other services to be available on the console itself then even still having to pay for them and they still advertise in your face. It would be bearable if I had the choice to choose what services were available to me and the price of monthly live fluctuated, but it doesn't. Thats why I'm going to do myself a favor, jump ship to a console that supports better multiplayer and in my opinion, supports the "gamer consumer" in mind. I don't need an entertainment hub, if you do that's perfectly fine, but for my needs, microsoft is busting my balls for making me pay for things I do not want.
  • BladedFalcon - June 30, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    Except the whole PSN down scandal didn't really fuck anyone over except Sony. Yes, the net was down for over a month, and that was pretty annoying, but even with the alleged "information theft" that happened, Not even now, have i heard of anyone actually complaining that any identity had been wrongly used, or that actual damage was done. On the flip side, I've saved myself of paying over 200 bucks or more worth of an online subscription that for all intents and purposes, works just as fine here. If you're happy to dish all that money and think that you are "safer" be my guest. But don't try to make the whole PSN thing to be more than what it actually was.
  • Slider64 - June 30, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    My bank account was hacked and it was linked back to this issue, my bank called me after they were notified by a Sony e-mail and I had to go through a long irritating process to switch over information and accounts. I'm not the only one and I in general agree with your points but wanted to at least point out myself as someone who got very inconvenienced by that scandal. I own and support all 3 consoles and I am looking forward to the Wii U, there is no need for PS3 vs 360 battles here.
  • BladedFalcon - June 30, 2012 10:22 p.m.

    Alright, I understand it was an inconvenience. But I think we both agree that there's a bit of a stretch between that, and being "fucked over" by Sony, don't you think? Anyway, I wasn't looking to start a fight either. I just think that since I already pay for the monthly fee to have Internet alone, I don't appreciate being charged an extra monthly fee to play online, specially since there are weeks, even months since I could just not play online. Thus, i applaud every and any company that decides not to charge for the service.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 30, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    Video games are expensive enough as it is with the system, accessories, DLC, and video games you cut your personal cost where ever you can. That $60 that I save from not buying into XBL allows me to buy a video game that I might have not been able to afford otherwise.
  • PanicJester - June 30, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    60$? Microsoft are putting out 1 month of gold for a buck or two for silver members all the time and There are free 1 month gold subscriptions promotions all over the internet (paramount movies are doing one right now). Not to mention some games come with free trials inside of them. I've been doing these things for years so i pay like 20 bucks a year (if that) for Xbox live.
  • lkchevrolet021 - June 30, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    Actually Xbox Live has been down before also... In 2008 the service was down for 2 weeks. And that's not the only account, in 2007 there were some hacking issues. And there have been hacking issues since then as well. They just didn't get as much press time. The point is hacking happens to everyone, and honestly security is always playing catch up to the hackers. You're a dumbass to think you are paying for security when you're not. And microsoft didn't make up for any of those incidents be giving free games away like sony did. And for your other points: 1. It's bluray not blueray... 2. If you are bragging about Internet explorer, I can't help you...that is just sad and desperate
  • TartanSpartan01 - July 1, 2012 7:09 a.m.

    im guessing u dont own an xbox then. i have. since day one,its never been down for two weeks or anything near that.longest i ever seen it off for was a day. and sony didnt make up for anything, people details were lost or in the wrong hands and offering digital media in the form of shit games hardly makes it alright.and with microsoft the live service has never been hacked (you need to learn not everything you read is true),and it is more secure,i cant be bothered to educate you on it tbh but the knockon effect of it meant that valve couldnt bring out their steam service on live.bottom line, its setup different from nintendo and sonys online platforms. i dont mind paying for xbox live,but it isnt perfect, and i would like it to be a bit cheaper as microsoft are one greedy company and i know at least 50% of my sub is their profit and im being nice to them there.+ live is first in the innovation battle with live everytime,sony can only imitate. Christ look at their latest, smash bros rip off. Come on really?, how can they still look people in the eye?its the epitome of pathetic. dont anyone even say its a form of flattery. Flattery would be to make a game and to utilize the inspiration you have from that game, example: the valve employees loved mario64 when it came out and felt they could use some ideas. Did they make a mario rip off?no. they made half life. they learned how to make effective use of a 3d world, pacing, engaging the player etc etc, and they 'borrowed' ideas like the long jump, u know u run crouch then jump. anyway,points made,rant over,out.
  • lkchevrolet021 - July 1, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    Ya I did own an xbox, and it was during the outage times. I had the 360 for exactly one month after warranty expired and then it decided to take a shit and die (not red ring so no free replacement). Here is your proof douchebag: And also, they said that details were potentially revealed, that doesn't mean they were. I haven't heard of any story about anyone getting their credit card information stolen. How about you show me that proof? There is none, no repurcussions except for free games.
  • IceBlueKirby - July 2, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Shut the fuck up. I'm not a fanboy. I have a 360.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 30, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    Ha! I highly doubt it. Microsoft is not poised to give up that added 1 milliion or billion dollars that XBL brings in.
  • J-Fid - June 29, 2012 6:53 p.m.

    As to expect of Nintendo.
  • Viron - June 29, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    To the surprise of no one.

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