Regarding a recent post we made about Wii Virtual Console demos, Joystiq reader Jesse Morrison makes a great suggestion: why not offer a retro subscription service, a la GameTap?
The benefits. Nintendo would not have to worry about demos and, if they want to, still charge for original titles. By charging a monthly or annual fee and allow gamers to play as many titles as they want. They could even make a hierarchy of service plans where you can pay more if you would like to have many titles cached on your Wii at a time. Nintendo arguably has more potential than GameTap via its extensive back library and console integration, and since GameTap has managed to stay afloat, the business model has potential for profit.
Ownership. One mental stigma associated with subscription services is the feeling of ownership. As it stands with the current plan, however, we don't have full ownership. Each game is tied to the console itself, which limits you from
- Bringing your games over to a friend's house
- Retaining your game purchases in the event your Wii breaks
- Transferring the titles over to the next generation Nintendo console