Nintendo has no plans to charge for Wii U's online services
There was the possibility that eventual Wii U owners would have to pay up to make use of its fancy new "Miiverse". If what I just said has alarmed you, and if you find the thought greatly upsetting, rest easy. Nintendo now has other plans.
During a recent shareholders meeting in Japan, Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata revealed that the company had considered making players pay a subscription fee for Miiverse, similar to what Microsoft does with Xbox LIVE.
However, Iwata said, a paid service didn't feel like the right approach. He then added that a subscription fee for the service (which will allow the Wii U, as well as other devices, to access the Nintendo Network) would limit the number of people who would use it. By allowing everyone access to Miiverse, word of mouth can spread faster and wider, which will hopefully result in greater hardware and software sales.
Do you think Nintendo's making a smart business move with a fee-less Miiverse? Would you have paid for a subscription-based service?
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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