Paid online..? So... like the other two consoles? Clearly out of touch there...
People have been shitting on Nintendo's online services for a decade now and saying it needs to keep up with the Jones'. Now that it is doing just that, people are whining about it.
Don't get me wrong, I'd take the free services that are subpar to the level of PSN/XBL anyday, but if you want better, you usually have to pay for it.