Nopes. Not sure what is going on, but the eshop is definitely not locked behind a subscription.
That seemed very odd that for you to even buy on the shop you need to pay annual fees.
duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"
Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"
Azzanation: "PS5 wouldn't sold out at launch without scalpers."