Nintendo announces paid online service

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from kotaku.com:
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Today, during a GDC presentation, Nintendo's Takashi Aoyama announced a new expansion to Nintendo's Wi-Fi services called Wii Pay & Play. Aoyama explained that Nintendo will begin "collecting fees for some services [that] will allow us to adapt flexibly." In other words, by subsidizing additional, unnamed service and feature costs to consumers, Nintendo feels they can explore new concepts and channels.


He added that it was a Nintendo initiative to avoid misleading consumers into thinking they can buy games that can be played entirely free when they cannot (whether or not this implies an initiative to begin charging for multiplayer content was unclear). To aid in a clear cost presentation, the blue WFC logo will be joined with a similar red logo featuring the line "Pay & Play."

While we were offered no additional details, we understand that the red stands for danger.
 

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Um...what? If they start charging us to play online, we better get something better than these bull**** friend codes.
 

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I think announcing this also has a lot to do with Mario Kart for the Wii as well, think about it, after how well Brawl is going to do, they're not going to let an opportunity like this pass them.
 
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I think it will be for MMOs, afterall they require a LOT of money with all those server expenses, and so it will be only for a few games.

I think he wanted to clarify that when you see the WiFi logo that doesn't mean it's automatically free (to avoid something like this "OMG THIS GAME HAZ LOGO I DUN WANTA PAY") even when you would have to pay it (like MMOs)
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I'm going to throw my wii out of my window
They have already collected enough money on wii sales to pay off wii server
They earn like 50Euro for every wii sold right
 

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ok anyone actuly thought that this could also be linked to mario kart >_> i mean whos gunna have 16 ppl from friend codes on at the same time ?
 

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from kotaku.com:
QUOTE said:
...(whether or not this implies an initiative to begin charging for multiplayer content was unclear)...

...While we were offered no additional details, we understand that the red stands for danger...


Journalism, eh? Seems to have sparked off the fanboys anyway
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Quiet note: If you're paying for usenet, your arguments don't seem to hold up, you pay (if it's confirmed) for a better multiplayer system the same way you pay for faster illegal downloads.
 

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If Nintendo plan to charge for any kind of online system then they better get their arse in gear. Their current system is LAUGHABLY bad and would have been acceptable 5 years ago or so.

I'm not sure they can 1-up Xbox Live, which is exactly what they're going to be up against. And with the current cost of Virtual Console games I can't see Nintendo's pay-to-play online coming cheap...
 

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