Shigeru Miyamoto recently questioned whether Nintendo should continue to offer free online play or venture into paid subscription.
Currently games are free to play online using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, however some services maybe subject to charge using "Pay & Play". Speaking to Edge Magazine, Miyamoto revealed that Nintendo are considering whether to change this to a more subscription based scheme, or stick to the "Free, but pay for extras" approach.
He does admit that Nintendo have been less active than they should be, but disputes claims that the console maker isn't "proactive when it comes to online content".
It is true, though, that Nintendo hasn’t been very proactive in developing such online activities as an MMOG. But when it comes to our endeavours that try to take advantage of internet technology, where we can provide our customers with more fun and entertainment, then I think we can say we have been very, very proactive and well-received. And that attitude won’t be changed at all in the future.
What do you think of Nintendo's online approach? Would you pay subscription for improved functionality - e.g. lack of friend codes, single online hub? What would you like to see setup in future Nintendo consoles?