Nintendo’s next smartphone games will be free to download

It's a Tom Nook business model

Nintendo recently announced to much excitement that their next two mobile titles would be based on their popular franchises Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem and now it appears that these titles will also be free to download.

This is according to a report from The Wall Street Journal in which Isao Moriyasu, the chief executive of Nintendo’s mobile gaming partner DeNA, told the publication that the titles would be free. He also hinted that there would be microtransactions available in-game once it has been downloaded, which is unsurprising. Draw them in and get the money once they’re settled and invested, the old Tom Nook approach.

The Journal reports that the two games will be available later this year and that they’ll feel more like traditional mobile games than the recent release of Miitomo which was more like a social platform with gaming elements than the mobile games we’re used to seeing.

Since Nintendo launched Miitomo in March, it’s been downloaded by millions so it absolutely makes sense that the company would continue to take the free-to-play approach with the rest of their mobile titles. This should prove particularly effective in Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing since they’ll play more like games than a social experience. In a traditional mobile game the player is more invested in the game on a personal level, they’ll be able to tell for themselves whether or not they’ll be playing for a long time and we imagine this would make it much easier to make the decision to spend money in-game since your ability to enjoy its core elements doesn’t depend on the continued interest of your friends. That said, I resent giving Tom Nook my bells, I’m not sure how I’m going to feel handing him my real money.


Via The Wall Street Journal

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