At a recent shareholders meeting, Nintendo president Satora Iwata stated that he is considering downloadable demos for the 3DS and Wii U systems.
“At a past shareholders’ meeting, we received the opinion that Nintendo should improve the design of its digital software distribution shop, and I think that we made measurable progress with Nintendo eShop,” said Iwata.
“Additionally, when Nintendo would like to ask users to try a specific new game, we should deliver it to their Nintendo 3DS, and possibly Wii U, with their prior consent and recommend that they just try it and, if they like it, they can pay for it. In this way, we need to introduce users to unknown products,” he added.
“Consumers are likely to be convinced to pay about 5,000 yen (£40) for a well-established franchise product, but not all the people are willing to pay a certain amount of money for an innovative but unknown product. Now is the time to prepare for these situations. We would like to respond to some of the concerns surrounding our business in this manner.”
I felt that the lack of downloadable demos for WiiWare games hurt the overall sales of WiiWare. When Nintendo finally got around to offering downloadable demos it was, for me, too little too late. The news of downloadable demos being considered for the 3DS and Wii U is a positive sign for me and I hope that Nintendo pursues this objective. What do you guys think? Would you want downloadable demos pushed to your console or handheld? Would this make you more inclined to purchase a full retail release of said games? Let us know in the comments section!