Friday, February 22, 2008

GDC 08: NIntendo no longer free online

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

Nintendo's online service, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, launched November 14, 2005 with one game: Mario Kart DS
And since then, the online service has been free. But now, Nintendo has just announced a change in the tide.

Nintendo has just announced Pay to Play games. It's online service that you have to pay for. But it's not like Xbox Live, wher you have to play for online altogether. It's you paying for online for individual games. Usually it'll be a monthly fee (kinda like World of Warcraft). But don't worry, some games will still have free online. Here's how you can tell the difference:

You know that blue Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection logo on the box art of games? Well, if you have to pay for online. That blue logo, will be orange instead. XD

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