Upcoming Nintendo mobile games will be free-to-play

Upcoming Nintendo mobile games will be free-to-play
Nintendo has slowly been releasing more and more info on the two upcoming mobile games that it plans to publish. First, we found out that the games would be in the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing series. Then, we got the good news that they would be proper games and not companion apps. Now, we're getting word on the pay structure.

Nintendo told the Wall Street Journal that the upcoming mobile games would be free-to-play, although it's unclear just yet if that is good news or bad. It's certainly a good option for Nintendo itself, because that means the games will rank higher in app stores because more people will be able to download the games without worry of an up front cost, and it will likely mean more overall revenue for the company through in-app microtransactions rather than one bigger purchase. 

Unfortunately, free-to-play has been very divisive for users. At its best, free-to-play allows users to get a lot of enjoyment from a game without being pressured to spend money and the in-app purchases end up being more like donating to the company for providing entertainment. But at its worst, free-to-play gets users hooked in a cycle of frustrating gameplay that forces payments to keep playing or to make any real progress within a game. 

Time will tell where Nintendo falls on that spectrum. 

source: WSJ

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7 Comments

1. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Free to play? There is no such thing. I bet if there is a Mario game you will have to pay 10 cent for the mushroom and a dollar to advance to the next level By free to play company's mean free to install and then pay to finish the game or farm in-game currency for a week to advance a level.

2. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I hate "free2play" games with microtransactions.

5. Makkari

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

I'll cosign that, but in my case hate might not be strong enough of a word.

3. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

In other words, ruin good games with in app purchases.

4. Hellouser

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

Nintendo forgot how to be Nintendo along time ago

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not a good sign but i guess we will just have to wait and see. I still prefer console up front purchases.

7. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Free to Play is just a fancy way of saying "We are gonna suck the living day lights before you finish our games". Charging a one time fee (however high the cost is) is the way to go, pay one time and play until your hearts fill. Bad move, really bad move.

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