Nintendo to charge for online functionality?

Posted on Sunday, Mar 02 2008 @ 00:10 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Bad news for Wii users. TG Daily writes Nintendo will charge users for online functionality through its Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play service.
While some online-enabled Wii games will still allow Wi-Fi play for free, others will require a fee. These games will have more advanced features and will be designated as such on the box.

At last week's Game Developers Conference, Nintendo's head of its network administration group Takashi Aoyama said that the "Pay & Play" services would be paid for with Wii Points. That's what Wii owners use right now to purchase vintage console games on the system's Virtual Console platform.

The few Wii games that currently offer online play for free will not be affected. Users will also not have to worry about paying for all the Wi-Fi services that will be offered in the upcoming game Super Smash Bros Brawl. Brawl is coming out in the US on March 9 and is the most awaited online Wii game to date.
Rumour has it that Nintendo's Pay & Play service will be launched together with Mario Kart Wii.

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