The reason Xbox Live costs so much is because it is a premium service, with Xbox Live Arcade and Achievements/Gamescore and TrueSkill Matchmaking. If WiiConnect24 is bumped up to a "premium" service where, all that you are paying for is the hope that some day Nintendo will bump up the features for their service, than very few people will be willing to invest. Then again, Nintendo wouldn't need to do that in the first place. The Wii and the DS alone are making Nintendo more than enough to rig up a "premium" service for free. But they aren't going to, because they missed that opportunity a long time ago. They already have a strong presence of the infamous Friend Code system in most of their online games. They already have sold millions of systems that have no hard drive. I will bet everyone that Nintendo can do a better job with this next generation, but we will have to wait and see.