Nintendo Looking Into Free-to-Play, Subscriptions, and More For Online

By Trevor Osz

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Nintendo has recently taken huge leaps as far as digitally distributing their games. They have been a big proponent for releasing their retail releases both on disc as well as on the eShop and it has been extremely successful for them. Nintendo had a Q&A with investors recently where Nintendo President Satoru Iwata had a few things to say. 

"We will not simply change our existing packaged software distribution channel," he said. "Rather, we might have many other types of business models in addition to packaged software. For example, we might see more games that are similar to free-to-play games, games that cost much less or games that require a monthly subscription fee."

He also talked about how selling games online gives Nintendo a lot more flexibility for their business as people have more options for paying for Nintendo products. Nintendo has recently been looking into support the Suicia e-money cards which would let you pay quickly through NFC chips.

"If this becomes a reality, it will be easier for consumers to pay for products and services such as, Wii Street U powered by Google, add-on content for games or pay-per-view options in VOD (Video on Demand) services," he said "and I feel that there will be more ways for consumers to take advantage of these options."

It's very interesting to see Nintendo change their tune with it's online initiatives. It is starting to become a leader for looking at new ways for people to purchase Nintendo games. They and Sony also release their games digitally on launch unlike Microsoft. What do you think of Nintendo trying new ways to get their products out there?