Nintendo's Chief Considers Free to Play

Nintendo's Chief Considers Free to Play

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Nintendo has no intention of changing its policy for established titles, Satoru Iwata claims.

Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's CEO, has previously spoken out against the free-to-play model, but it would seem, from recent comments to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, that he has changed his tune. Free to play is doable, claims Iwata, at least for certain projects.

"For new titles with no established base," says Iwata, "if, in the process of development, we found it to suit the free-to-play model, we might follow that route, or we might do something like 'cheap-to-play'." This is a somewhat startling change from the man who previously used phrases like "we are going to destroy the value of the game software" when discussing the free-to-play option, and certainly his previous statements gave no indication that a compromise was possible.

That said, Nintendo's financial history since Iwata's original statement has not been stellar. This may have prompted Iwata's conclusion that a change in sales methods is more important than his personal preferences. "Our sales methods have been freed up and I have no desire to extinguish that freedom," Iwata now says.

It doesn't follow that Mario titles and other established Nintendo brands will go the free-to-play or paid DLC route. "People trust their interesting-ness," Iwata says, and so there are enough people out there willing to pay full price for a Mario title that other sales options don't have to be considered.

However even then Iwata seems to flirt with the idea of paid DLC options. "This is separate from say, having something where because there are people who want more stages to play on in Mario games, we will create new courses for those people and charge for them," Iwata adds. "We have already begun this process with some of our titles."

Source: NeoGAF

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Fair enough. I'd actually prefer Nintendo to not go F2P, as I think it's a pretty crappy system. The majority of such games always end up becoming pay-to-win, and you end up spending far more buying equipment and gear than you'd have ever spent just buying the game outright.

Other companies like EA aren't endorsing F2P out of the kindness of their hearts.

Cheap-to-play sounds like it good be a good deal for new IPs. God knows its hard enough as it is to get gamers to take notice of original games. Maybe marking them at cheaper prices will encourage more gamers to pick them up.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:
Fair enough. I'd actually prefer Nintendo to not go F2P, as I think it's a pretty crappy system. The majority of such games always end up becoming pay-to-win, and you end up spending far more buying equipment and gear than you'd have ever spent just buying the game outright.

Don't forget the other issue: Micropayment systems rarely have Steam level deals. You'll always end up paying $10 for the item that costs $10 worth of MicropaymentMoney whereas if it was normal DLC you'd just have to wait until Steam threw it up for 75% off.

Does that mean titles established by Nintendo, or established tiles overall? Cause if the former, I'm looking at you Bayonetta 2...
The flames could heat the escapist all through the winter >)

dang it if they figured out a cool way to make a F2P Mario game

seriously Free to Play Mario Party think on it. each new cause either has a number of playthroughs to unlock, or $2. then they technically already do this with some of the mini-games. just make a real money equivalent to the in-game coins, and you have a F2P that I don't have to feel I have to pay-to-win

anybody that pays for an earnable unlock in a mario game is pretty much a shame to the entire nation, though

No, Nintendo! Don't take the DLC route! Those are eviiiiiiiiiil!

Seriously, DLCs are fun but...I'd prefer to have a full game right from the start. Nintendo has done a lot of mistakes but...please don't do this one. No DLC. DLC is bad.

Beautiful End:
No, Nintendo! Don't take the DLC route! Those are eviiiiiiiiiil!

Seriously, DLCs are fun but...I'd prefer to have a full game right from the start. Nintendo has done a lot of mistakes but...please don't do this one. No DLC. DLC is bad.

while i agree with this, i do think Nintendo is the only one that could get how DLC is supposed to work right

New Super Mario Bros 2's handling of DLC was pretty good. A little pricey, but at least I got a full game without the DLC. Still having trouble with the Impossible Pack...

That being said, something for that "cheap-to-play" model? Animal Crossing.

Imagine: In addition to Nook's store, you can use a catalog to get an item that you just can't seem to find in the store for like $0.99. If you don't want to pay, just wait to get it in the store or in the game. Paying for convenience.

 

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