Downloadable demos being considered for 3DS and Wii U

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!

Source: ONM

About the author:

Jeremy’s love of gaming, especially Nintendo started in the late 80′s when his parents bought him and his older brother an NES. Many hours were spent playing Mario and Duck Hunt. Eventually Jeremy graduated to bigger and better games and systems, like the SNES, GC, Wii, 3DS, and finally to the Wii U. Ask him what the defining moment of his childhood gaming was and he’ll answer, “the day I beat Zelda 2.” To this day that game holds a special place in his heart. His favorite types of games are platformers.

Jeremy started blogging for NintendoFuse in October 2010. He started off as a lurker on the forums who won a free copy of And Yet It Moves on WiiWare. From there he realized he liked the forums and the site and wanted to remain a part of it. He was brought on board shortly thereafter and has helped post news and reviews for the past couple of years. Currently Jeremy has taken a step back to focus on family and school. He assists in minor back-end site maintenance from time to time.

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  • http://www.nintendofuse.com Steve (hattrick)

    Personally, I just want them available. I don’t necessarily want them auto-pushed to my device/console, though. I’d prefer to only download them when I want them. However, it would be a way to get all of them. Sometimes I forget to go on and download a demo on WiiWare, and then it’s taken away forever…

  • alex

    ummmm thats a LIE

  • super paratroopa guy

    OMG i need that demo thing it sounds cool but paying for a demo is a bit strange. But if they do a demo for mario kart 7 im not getting it inless its free.Coss i car’nt aford to pay all the time so i do hope that nintendo give them out for free.