NO ONE in my house plays games but me. ALL my friends live out of my neighborhood.
I'm more willing to pay $24 a month than I am $1000 dollars at once.
Most people want to play games that were made after the 90's. You're a special case. I'm fairly sure Nintendo's market isn't "WiitnessID".
I don't know anyone who would rather have no online because they think it's a gimmick. Heck, I don't know anyone who thinks it's a gimmick.
I think it passed 'gimmick' 5 years ago.