Wii U will support free-to-play games says Iwata

Though many long-time Nintendo fans will likely recoil in horror, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said today that the Wii U's architecture will support free-to-play gaming if developers are interested in leveraging that business model.

With respect to the Wii U system, when we began working on it, one of our goals was to have a variety of purchase options and additional e-commerce options available at its launch," Iwata said in a Q&A posted on Nintendo's website. "And because of that, we have prepared a Digital Rights Management system. We have designed the system from a technical standpoint to allow developers to freely take advantage of things like free to play and micro transactions."

This, of course, led to questions about whether Nintendo is planning on building its own F2P games. Iwata was less transparent on that topic, saying that Nintendo wont rule out the possibility of exploring other types of games, but that they would not build an F2P game unless the game was suitable as an F2P experience.

Many gamers might be horrified by this, as F2P games are still widely seen as "games they need to trick you into playing. However, the model has long since outgrown that stigma. Great F2P titles like Tribes: Ascend, League of Legends, and Lord of the Rings Online have transformed the face of F2P. 

For our part, we're really interested to see what would result from game makers trying to combine an F2P model with hardcore console-gamer sensibilities.


  • Nikku7 - June 13, 2012 8:54 p.m.

    Some F2P games like those mentioned above are actually quite good so I kinda look forward to seeing a few on Wii U as long as we get some good ones.
  • radiodeaf - June 13, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    They bash it when it grows in strength, in hopes of keeping it down. They accept it, when it helps the community think of them as innovators. They'll abuse it, when no one thinks to try and stop them from doing so... F2P has a few more years before we being to see the same corporate nasty habits come about again.
  • Redeater - June 13, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    I know these words but this article doesn't make sense. That would indicate Nintendo as having joined the rest of the world when it comes to internet connectivity. My biggest question is are we going to see Mario hit coin boxes while we download f2p items? :)
  • Smash_Bro - June 13, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    Adventure Quest: Wii U? Yes, please. It's been a while since I played any of those kinds of MMOs (if AQ even counts as "multiplayer").
  • deathman00789 - June 13, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    I doubt AE would do that but if they did I hope it would be for their new game.
  • DictatorStan - June 13, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    So I COULD play Super MNC on Wii U? Compelling...
  • BladedFalcon - June 13, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    Yaaaay? I suppose Cyberninja is right though. I doubt any F2P games would be compelling to me, but it certainly doesn't hurt to have them.
  • Cyberninja - June 13, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Well I won't complain about having F2P games it might bring new experiences to consoles.

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