At Nintendo’s annual shareholder meeting, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced that there will be no fee for Wii U owners to connect to the Nintendo Network.
He hopes that by not having a cost for the Nintendo Network that it’ll increase software and hardware sales. Considering that having access to the full functionality of Xbox Live, Xbox customers have to pay $60 a year, having access to the Nintendo Network be free sweetens the deal for buying a Wii U.
However, Nintendo could consider emulating Sony’s model with PlayStation Plus membership. No PlayStation Network services are restricted for non-subscription PlayStation customers, but perks are provided for paying members.