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No Fee to Be Charged for Connecting to Wii U Network

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.

  • Kami3k
    Well one redeeming thing about the Wii U.

    Seems like the more you hear about it the more it becomes underwhelming.
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  • slabbo
    This is gonna be a day one purchase for me. I like what it has to offer so far. Why is not charging for their network underwhelming? with that controller it's gonna be an awesome for the living room, with netflix, web browsing, tv controlling...etc, much easier to use than the standard tv remotes.
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  • dicfeynman
    the title should have been...
    "nintendo does not want to commit suicide"
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  • tilt360com
    Sounds like a great plan, I always admired the Nintendo wii. My magic motion remote control is so similar to the Nintendo wii controller. The introduction to smart tv is another great aspect. It is also network free. I love how technology is improving so rapidly. I hope the Wii U can be connected with my LG tv.
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  • halls
    I'm happy with that announcement, but hopefully their network will be worth connecting to for the games I'll be playing. I remember being incredibly excited about playing Brawl online, but the extreme limitations placed on multiplayer games made it impossible to make friends, communicate or even set your own parameters for a particular match. The friend code system is great for keeping children from being exposed to vulgarity, but it doesn't do much to help the longevity of online Wii gaming.
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  • back_by_demand
    Well done, big pat on the back - what do you want a cookie?
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    PC gamers have enjoyed no fee for online play since year dot and with Steam around it's not likely they ever will be
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  • I find this awesome. I never understood why you had to pay to get on xboxs "network" when you had to supply your own fast internet connection + xbox + games, even then all xbox network does is provide the addresses for the games servers (even then I don't think it does)

    I mean its not like xbox has to supply the game servers or internet so... what are they charging for?
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  • tburns1
    Getting_off_topicI find this awesome. I never understood why you had to pay to get on xboxs "network" when you had to supply your own fast internet connection + xbox + games, even then all xbox network does is provide the addresses for the games servers (even then I don't think it does)I mean its not like xbox has to supply the game servers or internet so... what are they charging for?My guess is that they are trying to recoupe thier losses. Don't (or, didn't) they lose money on every xbox because they are (were) too expensive to make?
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  • bigdragon
    Good for Nintendo. I never understood why Microsoft decided to charge for Live. They make money on every console, accessory, and game sold. That's way more than enough to cover the cost of operating their network. It just reeks of greed to me, and I'm really tired of corporate greed right now. I see it every single month on every single increasing bill I get.
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  • whiteodian
    I will say this about the Xbox Live network. It is way better than the Wii and arguably better than Sony's. The $35 a year (get it on sale - usually in January). Is a small price to pay for a much improved service.
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