Nintendo Still Figuring Out This Online Subscription Fee Thing

Some out loud thinking from Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto could be telling of Nintendo's plans to dedicate more energy to and demand more money for online gaming through the Wii and Nintendo DS.

Miyamoto tells Edge that the Wii maker is "desperate to realise" the core part of its online gaming biz. Should it follow Microsoft's lead with tiered Xbox Live subscriptions or should it follow Sony's rumoured approach to offering a premium service?

"Do we need to demand customers pay monthly fees to enjoy online activities?" Miyamoto told Edge. "Or give an online subscription that is free of charge, but then offer something extra for people that pay, so that they get some extra value? With these core business strategies I think we are less active than we should be."

Miyamoto also says criticisms that Nintendo is slow to embrace online gaming are "unfair", saying that "we always want all Wii consoles to be connected online, all the time".

Miyamoto: Nintendo Could Charge For Online Gaming [Edge]


    They need to do a lot before they can really consider charging for their services. If they were to start charging though, they would have to start with the premium model, adding features as they can until they can justify the subscription style model, and then making a choice whether to swap.

    They really need to have a much better library before they can truly consider it though, as well as getting rid of friend codes and swapping to a gamertag/PSNID style system. Honestly though, they also need a much better system if they hope to make it a really successful service, and attract the more popular online games like CoD.

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