While the holiday launch date and price point for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U still remain a mystery, we have official word from the company regarding the cost of the system’s online service. Or, should we say, the non-cost of the Wii U’s online goodness.
Genji2Game summarized the discussion of a recent Japanese investor Q & A involving Nintendo’s President, Satoru Iwata.
When asked about whether or not the Wii U would feature a premium, monthly subscription offer, Iwata said no. While he’s not necessarily against subscriptions, Nintendo feels that its best for their console and its future to keep online gaming and services like the Miiverse free. More users will encourage others to join the fun by word of mouth, or so goes their thinking.
That leaves Microsoft and their Xbox 360 as the last console to offer online multiplayer gaming at a price. Sony and Nintendo will, at this point, continue to give gamers a free realm for online gaming and products.
Sony, of course, offers the premium PlayStation Plus to its users. That, however, is a subscription service that provides free content and discounts. Anyone can play online on Sony’s consoles for free.