At GDC, Nintendo announced that free online game play would become spotty as they roll out a new hybrid model: Some free, others (the ones you really want to play online) you will have to pay to play per game.
Such titles will have a red icon on the game box instead of the blue Wi-Fi circle that indicates free online playing. So instead of paying an annual fee like Xbox LIVE that covers all online gaming, gamers will only pay for the games they want to play online. This has the potential to be needlessly confusing (via GayGamer.net).
Here is the first major mistake by Nintendo that will allow others to steal their market and prevent them from being the console that they really should be. I hope this plan is not as confusing as it sounds.