Nintendo Digest: Nintendo Goes Free-to-Play

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Nintendo Digest: Nintendo Goes Free-to-Play

It’s still early in the week, but that isn’t stopping the news from flowing freely through the interconnected computer networks that make up the Internet. Today, we’ll take a look at the shocking news of Nintendo developing a free-to-play game, Nintendo 3DS sales from May, and a promising indie title coming to the Wii U.

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Nintendo Trying out the Free-to-Play Model with an Unexpected IP

Shigeru Miyamoto revealed to IGN that Nintendo will be testing the free-to-play waters with one of its newer IPs, Steel Diver. No platform has been announced for this free-to-play endeavour, but it has been confirmed that this iteration of Steel Diver will be a completely new experience.

Early 3DS adopters will recognize Steel Diver as a Nintendo 3DS launch title, but others may not be familiar with the game. This brings an interesting question to mind: why isn’t Nintendo choosing to use one of its more recognizable franchises to test the free-to-play waters?

For Nintendo, the answer is simple: there is already a degree of trust between Nintendo and consumers regarding its most valuable properties and the value those games offer, so they aren’t willing to risk losing that trust on a free-to-play experiment. Nintendo is promising to balance the pricing model with the entertainment value one receives from a free-to-play game. No specific details regarding the pricing model have been announced.

The free-to-play Steel Diver game is expected to debut later this year.


Nintendo 3DS is the Top Selling Platform in May 2013

Nintendo 3DS was the best selling platform in May 2013, according to a press release from Nintendo. Nintendo also had two Nintendo 3DS games in the top 10 selling software for the month of May, as well. These titles are Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, third and fifth respectively. Unfortunately, Nintendo didn’t give any sales figures for the Nintendo 3DS hardware or its software.

Note: May 2013 is the worst performing month for software sales in the video game industry since May 2000; overall, software sales were down by 25%.

Source: Nintendo PR/2

Indie Puzzle Platformer Teslagrad is Coming to the Wii U


Earlier today, Rain AS announced they will be bringing its puzzle platformer, Teslagrad, to Nintendo’s Wii U console. No Wii U features have been announced, but a mockup image shows that Rain is thinking about using the Wii U GamePad to display a map.

No release date has been announced for Teslagrad, but the game is expected to come to the Nintendo eShop.

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