Nintendo of America have today confirmed plans to have their Gamecube console online, by the Autumn in America.

The company is said to be making full announcement at E3 later this month, which will see the first online game, Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II by Sega, playable on their booth.

Nintendo are hoping to boost the number of gamers playing online, by allowing publishers to keep all of the royalties that they'd normally have to pay to Nintendo, from revenue generated by a publisher's game played online through the Gamecube.

"The profitable part of the online business is very likely several years away. Entering the business because it's the hot topic of the day doesn't make a profitable business nor satisfied customers" said Nintendo's Satoru Iwata, director of corporate planning.

Both standard 56k dial-up modems and broadband adapters will be available, with an expected retail price of $34.95 each, and are due to go on sale across America in time for the online network launch in the Autumn.

Nintendo are also said to be developing a number of special online features for the Gamecube, although none of them are expected to be shown at E3. As soon as we know any more about Nintendo's online plans, including any European details, we'll let you know.