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Nintendo to charge for online play

Filed under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii
Posted by Jeremy on February 26, 2008 7:55 AM
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At the Game Developers Conference, Nintendo spokesman Takashi Aoyama revealed that there are plans to begin charging for online play and downloadable (add-on) content.

Gamers will use the familiar Wii Points to pay for play and, from what I can surmise, it seems the charges will be per game, not a blanket online charge as is the case with Xbox Live.

I could see them launching this in a week when Super Smash Bros. Brawl debuts. As if they're not making enough money.

I wonder what Reggie has to say about this.

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Unacceptable! One of the deciding factors when I chose Wii over it's technologically superior competitors was that I believed it would have free online play, and Nintendo disappointed by releasing no good online games (eg. games that don't involve Pokemon in some way).

Multiplayer Zelda or Metroid would have been great, maybe even legendary, something to look back on with fond memories, but it didn't happen and never will, and I'm not looking forward to long-term Brawl play.

Sorry Nintendo, but if I have to pay to play now, I'll be selling my Wii (and if I had VC games, I would sell them right along with it as they can't enforce their imaginary license in any way, shape, or form, but lucky for me I'm not stupid enough to buy those.) and getting an XBox instead. At least that has highly replyable games that appeal to people well over the age of 12.

Nintendo just doesn't have the quality that it used to. Come to think of it, I might sell my DS as they might start charging to play that, too.

Don't take it too hard, Nintendo, my Wii was collecting dust anyway from your lack of a decent library of replayable games, this "greed" just reminded me that I intended to sell it as well as assure me that I would have no regrets doing so.

If I wanted to pay to play other people, I would go to an arcade.

I can't believe I'm speaking negatively about the company who made the consoles that I "grew up" on... but it truly is a sad day in video land.




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