Nintendo announced last week that they would be unlocking their IP for mobile games. The news brought some mixed reactions from fans some of whom were worried for the future of the company. There are still a lot of questions left unanswered regarding Nintendo’s mobile games, but one thing is confirmed, Nintendo definitely won’t be developing any “free-to-play” games.
If you are not familiar with it, a “free-to-play” game is a game that you can download from the app store for free and play most of the game for free, but to finish it or get anywhere quick, you’ll have to buy an in-app purchase. Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata doesn’t like that term at all as he believes it gives the wrong idea to consumers since in the end, these games aren’t free. Instead, Iwata believes these games should be called “free-to-start”, and that’s exactly what Nintendo is working on.
Now don’t freak out, not all of Nintendo’s games will use this model. Most of the games using this model won’t be traditional Mario type games. Instead they’ll be similar to current mobile games such as Pokemon Shuffle, a game currently available on the 3DS which is basically Candy Crush.