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Wii U’s Online Services Will Be Free

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced at a shareholders meeting this week that the online services for the upcoming Nintendo platform Wii U will be free for all users. Miiverse, first unveiled at E3, will be a social gaming network for the Wii U.

In the Miiverse, users can communicate with other gamers using the Wii U Gamepad with text, photos, and drawings.

The subscription-free service might be the exact feature that Nintendo needs to inch ahead in the console market. Microsoft’s XBox Live is a monthly paid service, while the PS3 has an option to pay a fee for extra online features.

There is still no release date or cost known for the Wii U, but rumor has it that announcement will be made in the fall. What do you think? Will free online gaming be enough to convince you to buy the Wii U, or will the limited game options and lackluster tech specs leave Nintendo in the dust?

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Rebecca Veverka

A lifelong Cleveland, Ohio native, Rebecca is the second member of Word of the Nerd that likes to be called Bex. What are the chances? An Anglophile, science and history buff, and avid gamer (both video and tabletop), Bex also spends her free time crafting, illustrating, reading, and getting into amicable arguments with strangers on the internet. She has entirely too much free time. One of her greatest accomplishments is that she's only suffered one minor head injury in her lifetime.

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