Nintendo Network to be subscription free
In a recent shareholders meeting, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata spoke on the Wii U’s Nintendo Network service, stating that a paid subscription similar to that of competitor Xbox Live would be unlikely to be on the cards. Though not entirely against the idea, Iwata claimed that a system that was free for all members would promote the service and its capabilities, leading to greater usage and higher software and hardware sales.
Source: The Escapist.
Nintendo hires former Disney executive
A press release has revealed that Nintendo of America have hired a former Disney executive to oversee the company’s digital endeavours. Duncan Orrell-Jones fills the title of senior vice-president of Nintendo Network, and will be using his experience to further promote Nintendo’s online media initiatives.
The creation of this new role comes mere months before the Wii U’s release, and Orrell-Jones (as previous SVP of Disney Interactive Media Group) will head the online presence of Nintendo’s content, such as the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo Network and upcoming Downlodable Content, which will include downlodable levels for New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Source: Web Pro News.