Nintendo can’t promise a fully free online service for the Wii-U
The Wii-U could see users not paying for the "ordinary" services but paying for the deeper features of the console.
CEO and president of Nintendo services Satoru Iwata told shareholders that "We cannot promise that Nintendo will always provide you with online services free of charge no matter how deep the experiences are that it may provide.
"But at least we are not thinking of asking our consumers to pay money to just casually get access to our ordinary online services."
This is almost a complete U-turn from what Iwata said last week about Nintendo not forcing players to pay for the online services for the Wii-U saying that he thought it would not be the "best approach".
"We have a wide variety of consumers, from the ones who enthusiastically play video games to those playing more casually, who are not always interested in them but try to play a game only when it has become a public topic or play it just during certain periods, like a year-end season and summer vacation," said Iwata
"We therefore believe that services which ask our consumers to obtain paid memberships are not always the best."