It was fun while it lasted people, but if the interview that Shigeru Miyamoto has just given to Edge magazine is anything to go by the it looks like the days of free online services for the Nintendo fan’s are certain to be over as the company seeks to further cement its foothold on the market by securing the extra funds it will most certainly need if it is to compete in this highly lucrative and yet highly competitive arena. Shigeru Miyamoto, the senior Managing Director for Nintendo commented in interview that if Nintendo are too offer extra services to their online users then it is more than likely that they would need to create a subscription to cover the extra expense of the venture. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what the man himself had to say on the matter at hand:
“Probably the other thing that we are desperate to realize is the core [online] business structure. Do we need to demand customers to pay monthly fees to enjoy online activities? Or give an online subscription that is free of charge, but then offer something extra for people that pay, so that they could get some extra value? With these core business strategies, I think we are less active than we should be.”
So there you have it folks, whether it is to be a monthly charge for all users of the Nintendo online services or a fee for extra services that means that core users would continue to get free online play but have to fork out for additional extra content, such as is the expected formula for Sony, is uncertain, as yet, but one thing you could derive from the statement is that for sure, Nintendo realise that to keep on providing an online service for their users that is compelling enough to keep them from defecting to the competition, be it Sony or Microsoft, will probably result in the service having to apply some form of subscription charge at some point. But with the standard of online features rising every month from Sony and Microsoft one can assume that most Nintendo fan’s will have expected this at some point in the future. We will, of course, keep all you Nintendo fan’s fully updated with any developments.