Wii U online service to be free, but we won’t know anymore until Fall
Genjitsu Games was courteous enough to translate the Annual Shareholder's Meeting for Nintendo as presented by one Satoru Iwata. While some might think the highlight of the evening was “Seaman maker Yoot Saito was fined ¥1,000 yen for deciding to have a smoke in Kyoto Station”, there was also some Nintendo news in all of this.
When questioned about the service cost for Wii U online (Nintendo Network), Iwata felt that charging for the service “is not the best approach”. It is better for all console owners (Wii U, 3DS, or otherwise) to have universal access to the Miiverse. That still doesn’t explain what their plan is though, and according to the translation “Nintendo plans on announcing its Japanese Wii U plans in the Fall”. Let the rampant speculation continue!