Well, you know, I guess it comes down to this: Would you rather pay for online, and have better online with more features, such as gamertags and party systems, or not pay, and have what you have here? Remember, paying would also mean that Nintendo (in the hypothetical that they charged for online) would have full right to ban your account at any point in time for any stupid reason they want to hold against you. It's their right to refuse your business if they choose.
I'm happy with what we have, especially now that Nintendo is loosening up a little bit. At the beginning of the Wii's lifecycle, who would have thought we would ever get a game with patches, voice chat to people who are basically randoms, and a system in place for possible DLC? Sure as hell I didn't.
He that speaks much is much mistaken -Benjamin Franklin
Bump...Sticky requested, and one point from a factual standpoint: Xbox and PS3 online modes are practically identical. One has party chat, and one doesn't. One has slighty improved unesisary (spelling?) features for an extra $50. If Wii were to have pay-to-play online, it better be at least as good as Xbox's. I wouldn't mind a PS3-esque system. That's IMO equal to Xbox.