Nintendo will release a free-to-play game before April 2014

Nintendo's free-to-play title won't be a Mario or Pokemon game.

Nintendo is working on a free-to-play game that it intends to release before the end of its current financial year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said at an E3 2013 financial briefing held today.

Not much about the intended free-to-play game was mentioned, but Nintendo confirmed it wouldn't be a Mario or Pokemon title. The company intends to launch a free-to-play game to boost its revenues from the growing digital market, industry analyst David Gibson reported on Twitter.

Iwata has previously spoken about Nintendo developing games outside of its traditional methods. Back in April he said that Nintendo was exploring the possibility to "have many other types of business models in addition to packaged software."

"For example," continued Iwata at the time, "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. Digitalization allows for greater flexibility, whereby having more ways to make payments, both software developers and consumers have more options."

Nintendo's financial year runs through March 2014. Earlier today Nintendo explained why it wasn't going to bring Mario to smartphones.

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kreegan64
kreegan64

 Free to play? Don't think I've ever played anything called that. Can someone elaborate?

91210user
91210user

A social experiment!They don't know how to run an MMO or anything like that yet!

louisfoxton
louisfoxton

It would make sense if they made a rts mmo for the wiiu since it has a touch screen

soulless4now
soulless4now

Well I'll be damned. I'm really glad they're branching out of their comfort zone more and more. 

Mraou
Mraou

Oh, I hope Sega brings Phantasy Star Online 2 as a console exclusive to the Wii U!

rafpac
rafpac

Gamespot and IGN both should talk about the new Xeno title coming out for the wii u. I am so excited and more people should know about it.

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

He can make as many stupid comical pictures as he wants, the Wii U and 3DS are pure shit and got nothing going on.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

You know they're in bad shape when they start releasing DLC and Free to play

craigprime
craigprime

 I was going to guess Pokemon, but since it's otherwise...F-Zero, or a new IP.
Also, did anyone else consider the Rayman Challenges a F2P? I always thought of it like that.

TwilightPhoenix
TwilightPhoenix

There's two kinds of F2P games:  greedy cash grabs and those that are actually good.  Let's hope whatever they're working on is the latter.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

Lame, and just watch the new Smash Bros include DLC characters....

voljin1987
voljin1987

wait for it.. dota clone with nintendo characters.. it will be awesome

rushiosan
rushiosan

Now that's a bad move. I'm losing faith on gaming industry these days.

baxwam
baxwam

Miiverse warfare!! 

kbaily
kbaily

Not Pokémon or Mario?  Now I'm curious.

Jasurim
Jasurim

I want my Pokemon. :'(

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

Great now Nintendo are joining the scam that is F2P Only 3 games I know of are truly F2P and you get everything as if it was a full paid for game they are all MMORPG's Wizardry online, Aion and Tera all others that claim to be F2P are full of back door fudge. They need to stop this BS and not call something F2P if you need to pay anything at all to enjoy the full experience. There is a word that perfectly describes all but the 3 games I said earlier and its called DEMO. So I feel free 2 play should be in fact free 2 Demo.

ilovethewitcher
ilovethewitcher

nintendo sucks they make games for the 4-11 demographic, only little babies and little kids like nintendo

ilovethewitcher
ilovethewitcher

nintendo and microsoft both suck balls, the playstation brand has been and always will be number 1

toddx77
toddx77

I am thinking Star Fox.  You make a pilot and can fly on missions with the characters and get new ship upgrades and access to new planets.

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

"For example," continued Iwata at the time, "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's refering to Dragon Quest X here, I assume. 

coldfirex44
coldfirex44

@kreegan64 A free to play game is a game (mostly played on PC, rather it's currently only for PC) that requires no money in order to start playing it or making an account. But you do have to pay (if you want to) in order to get exclusive items that can only be bought using irl money. What Iwata-san said about a monthly subscription fee or a "less cost" game isn't or rather shouldn't be even regarded as a Free-To-Play model as that takes out the word "free". That's like saying World Of Warcraft is FREEEEEEEEEE ......


now do you get it?

kouji03
kouji03

@tmthywtsn you're so fucking cool man... :l

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@tmthywtsn Unless you have friends or children, or didn't grow up playing generic fps games, like the casual that you seem to be.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@littlelynn84 It has to be a Nintendo game Dragon quest 10 is I believe a square/enix game that is exclusive to the Wii U. I think it is going to be an online multiplayer version of Metroid we have not heard much about the series for a while.

craigprime
craigprime

 @WantYouBad DLC? How dare a company introduce such a thing? Nintendo would be the first!...Not.
And I find that highly doubtful. All DLC that Nintendo has ever introduced has only been there to give a single player more gameplay for him/her self, not an advantage over others over Wi-Fi. All-Stars, anyone?

thjfilms
thjfilms

@ilovethewitcher So you clicked on this article just to comment hate on the content. That's kind of sad.

juboner
juboner

@ilovethewitcher im older gamer and i dont like the direction there going in i would rather play mario64 than this new multiplayer 3d mario

Tekirai
Tekirai

@ilovethewitcher most of the people who play nintendo games at this point are likely a fair bit older than you now; try a little harder next time

LanceCypher
LanceCypher

Nintendo sold about 23 million more Wii units than Sony sold PS3 units last gen, and it's only recently that PS3 has come above 360 sales, though only by about 100k units. Also, the PSP sold only half as many units as the DS did. 

As far as the Vita goes, well comparing it's 2.2 million units sold to the 3DS's 31 million wouldn't quite be fair. But how about the other poorly selling handheld out there? Vita's sales dwarf the worst selling handheld of all time, the Sega Nomad (1 million units sold)by an astonishing 1.2 million units, as well as the NEC TurboExpress(1.5 million). It even edges out the famous Neo-Geo Pocket Color by 200k units. Unfortunately its success stops there, as it is trumped by the worthy Nokia N-Gage which sold an earth-shattering 3 million units.

Still, I must concede that with the exception of current, relevant sales figures, PlayStation has always been at the pinnacle of success.

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

@ilovethewitcher and i bet that you'll start saying crap like the vita is the best handheld next, funny that vita means life in latin when it has a 3 hour battery life

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

@toddx77 I bet you $10 you're wrong. I'll paypal you if I you turn out correct.