Nintendo To Release First Free-to-Play Software This Fiscal Year

By Ishaan . June 12, 2013 . 3:30pm

Nintendo plan to release their first free-to-play game this fiscal year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said at a meeting with analysts this morning.


“For this fiscal year, in order to expand our digital business, we are planning to offer new types of content, Iwata shared. “We will release titles such as ‘New Super Luigi U,’ which is brand-new add-on content updating more than 80 courses from ‘New Super Mario Bros. U,’ and the first free-to-play software from Nintendo.”


Nintendo’s current fiscal year ends in March 2014. Iwata did not specify just what kind of free-to-play software Nintendo are looking into. The company does offer a number of free services already, such as its SwapNote and upcoming FlipNote Studio 3D apps on Nintendo 3DS, but one would imagine that Iwata is referring specifically to a game in this context.


Iwata went on to reiterate that Nintendo also plan to push web-based technologies like HTML5 and JavaScript on their Wii U platform, and do more business with small, independent developers.


Note: Photograph not from the analyst meeting.


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  • Christopher Griego

    Nintendo has no problem with flash games on their platform while companies like Apple condemn it because they think it’s a threat to their own money-making ecosystem. GG Nintendo.

  • JMaster3000

    U should mention that ”Fiscal year” is till March 2014 which means the game could come in 2014.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    That’s sounds cool to hear.
    btw it took me a sec to see Miyamoto on the right lol

  • mojack411

    This could either go really, really well, or catastrophically badly. Let’s hope for the former.

  • AuraGuyChris

    They do know people are going to caption/photoshop the hell out of their picture, right?

  • NTaiyokun

    This being Nintendo, I’m interested to see how this plays out,

  • Supporting HtML (5) and JS makes me wanna make a game for Wii U.

    • stomp

      Do it! :D

  • haha gotta love the poses, am looking forward to seeing what they have in mind

  • My opinion of F2P has softened a bit in recent months after seeing some genuinely interesting experiments with the format like with DoA5 and Tekken Revolution. Of course, Nintendo always has their own idiosyncratic approach to things, so I’m curious to see how they plan to handle a F2P game – I trust it won’t be too obnoxious, and it may even be pretty neat.

  • Göran Isacson

    I kind of want to see Shigeru being shot between a bunch of barrels now, because it would amuse me. Amuse me greatly.

    • Love the guy, but I must see that happen too. lol

      • Göran Isacson

        I honestly think he’d find it amusing. Heck, if Donkey Kong can do it without getting severe neck injuries, what’s to say Shiggy can’t do it?

  • Kaihedgie

    Just here for Miyamoto and Reggie

  • Sergio Briceño

    From the picture. Nintendo employees sure are happy people. And that Shigeru.

  • KiTA

    Free to Play? DRAGON QUEST X??

    • idrawrobots

      I could only hope. so mad DQX has not been mentioned at e3

  • Steve Raineault

    I hope its Dragon Quest X. Then I’ll actually buy a WiiU.

  • Namuro

    Reggie’s like “Play our games, or I’ll punch you in the face!” LOL

  • Beat

    Wait, is it a first party free-to-play game?

  • $29082171

    ”Note: Photograph not from the analyst meeting.”

    Well I would hope so.

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Wow, sounds great for me!

  • coax

    Why do they call it digital business? Their games have all been digital for the past 3-4 decades. Sorry, but as an electrical engineer that misuse of terminology just bugs me.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Nintendo: they know what the meaning of fun is

  • ForteWily

    Why do I get the feeling that pokemon might be involved with this?

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