A Wii wonder: play online for free

Extra ammo for Mario fanboys arrived today, as Nintendo told us Wii owners won't pay to play games online.The Xbox Live-baiting news comes courtesy of

Extra ammo for Mario fanboys arrived today, as Nintendo told us Wii owners won't pay to play games online.

The Xbox Live-baiting news comes courtesy of a USA Today interview with Nintendo of America's big chief, who also hyped up the next gen console’s appeal to non-hardcore gamers. By comparison, Xbox gamers pay £40 a year to play each other online.

Wii’s mass appeal is something Stuff can certainly testify to, having played half a dozen titles using the gyroscopic controller in games such as Tennis - the one we'd most like to play online with our mates across the country.

A UK price and launch date are still proving elusive for the Wii, though America's sub-$250 tag and November launch are likely to translate to £150 and November here. Nintendo UK's toeing the party line, and will only say 'it's definitely launching in the UK this year'.