Nintendo President Satoru Iwata believes there should not be a fee or subscription-based model for Wii U consoles to connect to the Nintendo Network, and that keeping online functionality free would benefit the Wii U in the long-run.
According to a translation of Nintendo's annual shareholder meeting via Andriasang, Iwata said that enabling all Wii U users to access the Nintendo Network for free would help spread the online service's offerings through word of mouth, and subsequently facilitate greater sales for the console and its software.
Iwata also covered other business, and revealed that external developers were brought onboard with Wii U at about the same time as Nintendo's internal studios, which he hopes will counter lagging third-party performance. Iwata reportedly pointed to the upcoming Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS as the best example of involving external developers onboard. The two entries in Nintendo's iconic brawler franchise will see an interesting collaboration with Namco Bandai.
By Nathan Misa- Writer Bio