Nintendo May Start Charging for Online Services A la Microsoft
All the Microsoft Xbox Live Haters please stand up, please stand up! It seems Nintendo is contemplating the same type of on-line model that Microsoft has had success with for years now. I’m all for a pay service if it delivers the functionality that Xbox Live does for a measly $50 a year. Nintendo in my opinion, probably has the worst on-line offering of the Big Three.
You need friend codes to even play on-line matches, and you don’t have any voice-chat options at all. It’s pretty lame, and so is Sony’s free on-line service. I’m telling you, there’s something to the saying, you get what you pay for! Shigeru Miyamoto, the chief Nintendo guy, said the following in an interview with Edge:
“Probably the other thing that we are desperate to realize is the core [online] business structure. Do we need to demand customers to pay monthly fees to enjoy online activities? Or give an online subscription that is free of charge, but then offer something extra for people that pay, so that they could get some extra value? With these core business strategies, I think we are less active than we should be.”
I love when people change their tune after they realize they were wrong! If Nintendo does in fact implement a pay service I anticipate some serious fanboy backlash. It’s very hard to convince people to start paying for something after it has been free forever. Good luck Miyamoto, you may be getting Goomba stomped on this one! You’ve possibly been fleeced Wii-wii heads…
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