bill-swift - June 15, 2012
Two of the most disruptive developments in today's gaming industry are microtransactions and free to play games. Sony has them and Microsoft has them. It's no secret that microtransactions and free to play games aren't usually associated with Nintendo but apparently things might be changing sometime soon.
Nintendo has never believed in having DLC for their games until quite recently with certain 3DS titles but Nintendo is starting to make the right moves as they prepare to release their next gen console, the Wii U.
The Wii U put on a pretty impressive display at E3, with graphics that seem to rival, but not best, the early looks from PS3 and Xbox 360 and it seems like they are now starting to pay attention to the rest of the world. Nintendo doesn't seem to like change and prefers to stick to what made them successful in the past but they're starting to realize that you have to grow and evolve to stay alive in the real world.
While the thought of microtransactions for some of Nintendo's biggest franchises is definitely exciting, the free to play will most likely not be used as prominently.
'Currently, we are not actively looking at free to play for our first-party content and I don't think that's a direction that we should go in right now,' -Sotaru Iwata, President (Nintendo)
It may not be the massive epiphany that we've all been waiting for from Nintendo but they're starting to show us that they are listening...and that's a step in the right direction.
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