While Satoru Iwata said that its next generation WiiU console would feature free online access, Nintendo has now claimed that it might not always be that way.
“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,” Iwata said in a meeting with company shareholders. However it’s expected that standard access will remain free – it’ll just be certain features that aren’t usable – perhaps in a similar fashion to the Xbox free and Gold accounts. However, he went on to say that he didn’t think paying for everything a-la Xbox was the way to go.
“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.”
Alongside the previously announced Miiverse, the Wii U will make use of the same Nintendo Network online service in Mario Kart 7 and other multiplayer 3DS titles.