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Redmond (WA) - Nintendo has confirmed that it will offer "Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play" on the Wii, a feature that will have additional online functionality but at an added price.


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.

It is speculated that the Pay & Play service will launch alongisde another anticipated online title, Mario Kart Wii. No further details about the new platform have been confirmed.
TG Daily
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That's lame, but then again, Nintendo isn't a company I would expect to have a bunch of servers on-hand.

At least with XBL you get what you pay for. Hopefully for Nintendo it will be similar.
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post #3 of 17
booooooooooooooooo
"will offer" geez how NICE of them lol
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Lame.... this will just hurt their sales... what were they thinking
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Well, when you think about what other consoles offer, Sony probably only gives you free internet because they couldn't afford not to
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post #6 of 17
lol. source is redmond, washington.
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lol. source is redmond, washington.

hmmm... M$?
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Lame.... this will just hurt their sales... what were they thinking
How is this going to hurt their sales? Their consoles are selling just fine without the online play, and old games that already have free online play will continue to have it free.
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post #9 of 17
Oh jee wiz - if there were only games that really actually played online.

M$ charging for online services is one thing. Almost every Xbox360 game is multiplayer online. I personally havent encountered a single online game for Wii yet, SSBB will prolly be the first.
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Well, when you think about what other consoles offer, Sony probably only gives you free internet because they couldn't afford not to
They couldnt afford to offer free online play even on the PS2?
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