The Iwata quotes continue; this time concerning free-to-play software. In an interview with AllThingsD, Iwata stated that, despite the Wii U’s online capabilities, Nintendo will not be offering the type of cheap/free games that are so prevalent on mobile devices, such as the iPhone.
We have no intention to provide a property to any other platforms, or making them available in a mode that does not require consumers to pay at all. Nintendo is a company, which is trying to maintain the overall value of video games.
Of course, if Nintendo asks consumers to pay more money than the other platforms, then it’s Nintendo’s mission to provide the added value for which the people are willing to pay. In order to do that, we must remain unique and cannot be reproduced somewhere else. Something new, something fun and some surprise.
If we were simply going to say OK, the only the way we could sell more products is by decreasing the price, then there wouldn’t be a bright future and the entire industry will fold.
This basically echoes what Iwata discussed at GDC. This time however, we know he is referring both to the 3DS and Wii U.
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