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Submitted by memimi 383d ago | news

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. (3DS, Casual games, Industry, Nintendo, Nintendo, Steel Diver: Sub Wars)

MultiConsoleGamer  +   383d 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.
memimi  +   383d 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?
3-4-5  +   382d 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
McScroggz  +   382d ago
This is a slippery slope, although I give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt.
SpiralTear  +   382d 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."
McScroggz  +   382d 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.
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TomahawkX  +   382d ago
Soon every game publisher will chase after that f2p gold. It will be the end of civilization as we know it.
Neo Nugget  +   382d 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.
R00bot  +   382d 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.
memimi  +   382d 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  +   382d 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.
McScroggz  +   382d 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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TheDivine  +   382d ago
I hate FTP bullshit. If they really want to try it they need games people want to play, def not steel diver. If a 2d Mario and DKC were FTP or a Pokemon then they would hit gold. Especially a FTP Pokemon where you pay for Pokeballs or something. This is retarded.
SpiralTear  +   382d ago
"...a FTP Pokemon where you pay for Pokeballs or something..."

I'm sorry, but that is one of the worst ideas I've ever heard on this site.
McScroggz  +   382d ago
I can't wait to legitimately get as many Master Balls as I want finally! All for $5 a piece. What a steal.

Now I can catch me a Jigglypuff.
tweet75  +   382d ago
as long as you dont have to pay for anything and dlc is free and the games are good quality im all for it
memimi  +   382d ago
That's the issue, you get access to part of the game for free but pay for the rest. In the two examples listed there one you have to pay $20 to unlock more ships and levels, the other you pay per extra minigame after the 6 that come for free.
OtakuDJK1NG  +   382d ago
No you are paying only for additional 18 submarines and crew members.

The free version has single players missions and onlines. Premium just gives more option in submarines and crew members powers. That all for $10 of choice.

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