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Nintendo to look to Free-to -Play and subscription based games for eShop

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has told investors that the company is looking to bring Free-To-Play and subscription based games to the eShop.

Speaking during a Q&A, Iwata explained that Nintendo is currently looking at these models, amongst others.

"We might have many other types of business models in addition to packaged software," Iwata said. "For example, we might see more games that are similar to free-to-play games, games that cost much less or games that require a monthly subscription fee.

"Nintendo 3DS and Wii U have flexible systems to handle such trends, so it is now a question of putting these ideas into action.

"I can definitely say that Nintendo will make new offers that go well beyond simply replacing packaged software with digital software."

What do you think of this move by Nintendo? Thinking ahead or living in the past?

Edited On 01 May, 2013

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Robichoico 4 years ago
Already doing it with Pokemon rumble U. Judging by the Japanese sales its doing pretty well from that too. As long as its the eshop games or optional extras.
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PrometheusFan 4 years ago
More talk from Iwata. It's long past time some of that talk actually yielded some action though. If they're really serious about digital initiatives though the first thing they need to do is implement a unified digital marketplace that can be acessed from all their consoles and PC and most importantly a real account system that digital purchases are tied to, because the archaic 'tied to individual hardware' approach they currently have in place is appalling in this day and age.
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Dead 4 years ago
I was wondering where captain herpes had gotten to.

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