Nintendo President Iwata Elaborates On Free-To-Play Plans

By Ishaan . June 18, 2013 . 10:50am

As recently reported, Nintendo will release their first free-to-play game sometime before March 31st, 2014. At a Q&A session with analysts, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata elaborated on the company’s free-to-play plans.

 

“The ability to offer software in a digital format has given us greater flexibility in terms of how we offer our products to consumers and how to monetize them,” Iwata shared. “However, we are not planning to offer, for example, Mario or Pokémon games in a free-to-play format.”

 

Iwata continued: “With games like Mario and Pokémon, we already have a sufficient degree of trust with our consumers who are willing to pay a certain sum of money to purchase our products as packaged software. On the other hand, what are we to do when we want to offer a completely new product whose value consumers are yet to understand?”

 

“Consumers are not sure if it is worth outlaying a certain sum of money for such a product. In such circumstances, our current platforms (Nintendo 3DS and Wii U), which give us various monetization options that would not have been possible on past Nintendo platforms, enable us to make propositions in a free-to-play format.”

 

Iwata added that Nintendo are aware of the need to develop free-to-play titles that feel fair to play and balanced.

 

“On the other hand, free-to-play games, if unbalanced, could result in some consumers paying extremely large amounts of money, and we can certainly not expect to build a good relationship with our consumers in this fashion,” Iwata said. “In order to have a favorable long-term relationship, we would like to offer free-to-play games that are balanced and reasonable.”

 


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  • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

    Nintendo’s words, translated: “We know people will pay full price for the full game of Mario and Pokemon, so why bother with an option no one would really take.”

    Which honestly, is fine with me. I’d rather get the full menu than just a sampler when it comes to games like that. /Especially/ Pokemon.

  • Herok♞

    So this is manly for new IPs that sounds like a good plan.

    • AJ

      Agree.

      I also like the idea of releasing a game for free as a sort of demo – make it a full game, with options to purchase in-game content if you really like it – and if people REALLY like it, make a proper full-game experience for physical release later on. A lot of crazy ideas that would otherwise get rejected could end up being great games this way.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    Two words, Pokemon, Stadium. Combine them, and there’s your free to play. Connect to XY and there’s all the Pokemon from the pre XY gen. Don’t have XY, $10 a gen (considering each gen has 100+, not a bad deal, plus gives you access to ALL Pokemon immediately rather than playing XY and collecting them individually). Go ahead Nintendo, my gift to you, no royalties required

  • dragoon_slayer12

    Also, a super expansive f2p relating Pokemon would be an online game with ALL regions. You start one region free, which has its respective Pokemon (gen), then pay extra to travel to next region. $15 a region seems reasonable to me. Battle towers can be used to earn BP, which can be used like it always has, but gain a certain amount (say like 1mill. Never used battle tower, so I don’t know if that’s impossibly hard) to unlock another region as an alternative to using cash.

  • http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?/topic/25050-farm-mapping-contest/#entry239430 Chaos17

    I wonder if the game is going to be on pc or 3DS or Wii U ? Can’t tehy just bring phantasy star online 2 or Fantasy life ? I am just not sure about this new IP… I guess I need more information before deciding if it’s a good or bad idea.

  • Link

    “On the other hand, free-to-play games, if unbalanced, could result in some consumers paying extremely large amounts of money, and we can certainly not expect to build a good relationship with our consumers in this fashion,” Iwata said. “In order to have a favorable long-term relationship, we would like to offer free-to-play games that are balanced and reasonable.”

    This is the best part of the article. They’re actually considering the consumers and dont want to fall into the the anti-consumer antics of other companies.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    Maybe a special edition of Tomodachi Collection then?

  • ragingmerifes

    That’s OK. I remember when I bought an used 3DS, with no games, and had to wait one month to get my first game (Zelda: OoT).
    It would be cool if people, in the future, had at least, a 2-hours shovelware to play when they can’t buy a game. Big IPs are supposed to be bought, anyway.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    That’s ok, its worth money

  • thaKingRocka

    Reduce the risk, increase the reward.

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