Iwata on Online Games and Services for Nintendo’s Future
The recent investors’ briefing was also a good time to learn about Nintendo’s future plans for online games and services. Iwata stated that they are preparing a paid item transaction system for both 3DS and Wii U. They are planning on getting the 3DS version to developers by the end of the year. However, they don’t plan on using this same system with their own games. They feel that free-to-play games with paid DLC might hurt Nintendo’s reputation.
Speaking of the 3DS, the internet connection rate is far higher than that of the DS, and Iwata stated Nintendo plans to build on its online eShop connection over the next three years, hoping to bring in even more people. Iwata has a large desire to create a future where players will pay for digital content just like normal with no reservations. This is a major point for Nintendo over the next three years.
Finally, Iwata states they plan on increasing their digital content, creating another “pillar.” They have no plans to cancel retail content. They just know that digital download are increasingly important in today’s gaming marketplace.