Sony NGP userbase will suffer due to 3G fees - Iwata

Nintendo boss criticises rival's monthly subscription plan

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has criticised Sony's monthly 3G subscription plans for PSP successor NGP.

Speaking to the Japanese Asahi Shimbun newspaper in an interview posted this morning, Iwata-san said the need to pay monthly 3G usage fees - which will be available via an optional NGP SKU - would alone decrease the customer base.


Commenting on Nintendo's other big handheld competitor, Apple's iOS platform, Iwata said, "We're at a period where it will be difficult to keep the value of our content if we are unable to offer experiences that can't be had on Smartphones."

Iwata-san's previously said Nintendo's decided not to offer 3G support for the 3DS because it doesn't want its fans to have to pay monthly fees.

"As I have been constantly saying, the need to ask our consumers to shoulder monthly payments is not a great match for the entertainment that we are dealing with," he said in an investor meeting.

"Of course, there are people who are willing to pay monthly fees in order to enjoy certain functions. However, Nintendo is a company who wants as many consumers as possible to enjoy our proposals."

In the same Asahi interview, the Nintendo boss revealed the firm's aiming to top the original DS's incredible 140m sales with the 3DS.

CVG's praise-filled 3DS review went live over the weekend.

[ SOURCE: Andriasang ]