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Nintendo to Attempt Free-to-Play on 3DS With Their Own Unique Model

There was a lot of big news coming out of Nintendo Direct today but one that a lot of people are talking about is Nintendo’s decision to start experimenting with free-to-play. F2P is a tricky thing both for companies and for consumers. On one hand you have a lower barrier for entry, so more people can get their hands on the game, but on the other hand, it’s gotten a bad reputation for being a nickle and dime cash grab.

Nintendo has a unique free-to-play model, one that they’re hoping will make the 3DS more attractive. Right now they have two games they’re testing the model on, the first being Steel Diver: Sub Wars.

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MultiConsoleGamer898d ago

Well, like the author says, F2P is a double edged sword.

However, if they are successful they can be very profitable. I have played a certain F2P game almost daily for the past year and a half.

memimi898d ago

As long as it doesn't get as bad as most free to play MMOs, it could be okay. F2P MMOs tend to take things waaaay too far, you know?

3-4-5898d ago

Not the end of the world.

It's free, just play it and be thankful. Or don't and continue playing something else.

There have been like 3,000+ games on Nintendo systems and 1 is f2p.....everything is ok

McScroggz898d ago

This is a slippery slope, although I give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt.

SpiralTear898d ago

How so? They're not the only ones offering free-to-play models. Steam's doing rather well on the free-to-play side with stuff like Path of Exile and Team Fortress 2. People will support those games because they're not asking for money any time you want to do something.

I don't think Nintendo will go down this "slippery slope."

McScroggz898d ago (Edited 898d ago )

For every "fair" F2P PC game that is also reasonably decent, there are 10 that are either too aggressive with their monetization or simply not good games. When we look at the mobile market, which is what the 3DS is competing with, for every one "fair" F2P game there is probably hundreds that range from unfair to insultingly and gratuitously greedy.

Though there are exceptions to the rule, it's abundantly clear that the F2P model almost always inherently alters the gameplay and/or artificially limits the experience to allow for a monetization. That IS NOT what sounds like will happen with these two Nintendo games, and I DO NOT think Nintendo will ever let it get to that point; however, it IS a slippery slope because of how flawed the F2P game design has proven to be in context with how overwhelmingly many games have exploited their customers rather than "treat" them to a great experience that happens to be free.

I'm pretty tired, so I hope that was a coherent enough thought.

TomahawkX898d ago

Soon every game publisher will chase after that f2p gold. It will be the end of civilization as we know it.

Neo Nugget898d ago

I hate free-to-play games, especially ones with very little depth (like mobile games). I could see how this could work for Nintendo though. Get a little bit of both worlds mixed in.

R00bot898d ago

It's not really free to play. They've just made a demo bigger than the average demo and named it "free version".
Still, an interesting business decision. I hope it'll bring in more sales.

memimi898d ago

Ya, if you think of it more as a bigger demo it makes more sense. I would just hate to see more games with tons of small paid add-ons, like the $4 per minigame.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory898d ago

This isn't $4 minigames. It $10 dollars for 18 new submarines, crew members with special powers and extras.

Free version comes with everything including online multiplayer but excluding premium features.

McScroggz898d ago (Edited 898d ago )

I liken it to the Killer Instinct idea. It's good on paper, it's about the execution that matters.

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