Wii U will support free-to-play games, microtransactions

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Nintendo CEO, Sotaru Iwata, has just confirmed that the Wii U will support free-to-play games and microtransactions.

"And because of that, we have prepared a Digital Rights Management system. We have designed the system from a technical standpoint to allow developers to freely take advantage of things like free-to-play and microtransactions."

Iwata has also said that they wont offer their games as free-to-play but they might get free content(DLC)

"Currently, we are not actively looking at free to play for our first-party content and I don't think that's a direction that we should go in right now," he said. "But that doesn't mean for the future that there may not come a time where we have specific content that might be suited to that model.
"If there are some people who feel that Mario is something that should be available as a free-to-play type model, I would have to clearly say that I disagree. But in the future if we come up with a very interesting idea of a novel game with totally different value and structure that would potentially be very well suited to free-to-play, we might go in that direction.
"We are not considering making Nintendo-made games available for play on smartphones or tablet devices," Iwata added.

Which Free-to-Play games would you like to see on the Wii U?

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Hmmm.... Nintendo may be stepping into the right direction if they offer their DLC content for free. It all depends on the quality of the DLC.
 

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Seeing as how Ghost Recon Online is free on the PC, i assumed it would be that way on the Wii U. So i kind of assumed free to play games would be on it lol.
 

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That's interesting, it'll certainly have wide-appeal (or rather, varied appeal).

Though...I do have a question. Why do you have those pictures there? They aren't really related to the topic.
 

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wait, what?
Are we talking about ios like things... or fiesta online, flyff, Dragon Nest or Vindictus kinda things?
 

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This just in, Zynga is 100% on board with wiiU, expect all your favorite _vile games joined by new additions including miivile.

On a more serious note i'd love to see something like tribes ascend, or an mmo specifically made for the platform.
 

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Great possibilities and could prove to give out nice games for free. I could imagine quite a few cool games using microtransactions, but they do add up on the long run to cost more than a 50€ game. I'm kinda divided on this..


For example looking at how the Skylander-series uses RFID/NFC/Whatever to give people extra content, the catch is buying the figures (sure they're figures, but not everyone will want them). It's not that unheard of?
 

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I believe Nexon has a partnership with Nintendo. MapleStory, Dragon Nest, Vindictus, DFO on the Wii U?
'To be honest, I think MapleStory should stick to being on the computer. DFO as well. I could probably see Dragon Nest working out on the Wii U, though, that'd be pretty cool.
 
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