Online Pay to Play and a Hard Drive Coming Soon to Wii?
Last year at the Game Developers Conference, Nintendo's Takashi Aoyama introduced Nintendo's upcoming plans for a Pay & Play online service. Before you panic, let me note that Nintendo will be keeping the existing free Wi-Fi connect service it already offers.
But, some of the newer games that will be released may require a small fee to be played online. All of the games that will require a fee will have a red sticker placed on them so that they can be easily identified. I also feel that is important to note, that the online service will not affect any of the current Wii games that currently use online play.
A Nintendo representative had this to say while speaking to SPOnG, "Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection offers simple, comfortable and free enjoyment of games played over an internet connection, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play offers paid for services whilst keeping the simple and comfortable elements we know people enjoy. Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play allows for flexible adaptation to content and system costs and allows for even higher quality services."
Very little is known as to what kind of extra content the new service will offer. Currently, there is still no release date for the service. Nintendo representatives have been very tight lipped on the subject, right now about all we now is that Wii Points will be the currency used to purchase the service with.
Also, Nintendo President Satoru dropped a few hints while speaking to some investors at a recent conference in regards to Wii's hardware shortage problem,
"Statistically speaking, it is true that there are a small number of customers who feel that the flash memory is too small, while many others find that they have plenty of memory," he said.
"However, because this small number of people are none other than the most avid players, we know we have to review the best possible solution to eliminate their inconvenience."