Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has stated that the company has examined the possibility of an Xbox Live style online service which requires a monthly fee, but has said that they don’t think it will be the right choice of action.
Apparently a shareholder asked at a recent shareholders meeting in Japan about whether Nintendo would charge for membership to the Wii U “Miiverse.” Satoru Iwata said that Nintendo is thinking about how they would allow both the Wii U and other devices to connect to the consoles’ online network, but feels that a subscription fee would stop the potential growth of the Wii U.
As a person who dislike paying for Gold on Xbox Live I think they should definitely consider how Sony handles the PlayStation 3, PSP and PSP Vista online networks and not Microsoft’s. However if the service is deemed to be worth while i.e like Xbox Live then people will pay for it even in reality they are getting a bad deal.
Its swings and roundabouts as they say.