right, but the market has already spoken with regards to this, people are just fine paying $50 a year for multiplayer. That's an experiment that's almost 10 years old with xbox live.
People will pay for decent online functionality sure. Nintendo has not been great at all in the online space. As an aside the one free game per month that you lose at the end of the month is terrible in my opinion.
Also the Wii shipped with Wii sports, yes, that was also 10 years ago, and by no means the norm for this industry. The xbox doesn't ship with a game, the Playstation doesn't ship with a game. I can't remember the last time that was brought up as an issue, it's become standard practice.
This is true but Nintendo serves a pretty different market from Sony and Microsoft. There's a HUGE difference in how the Wii and Wii-U performed, mostly due to the Wii serving their market well while the Wii-U failed to do so. Shipping a very novel package such as Wii-Sports with the system was a huge part in getting the Wii off the ground and on its way to its huge success.
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