During a recent interview with Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata confirmed that Nintendo has come around on the idea of using a free-to-play model for new franchises. If that thought fills you with horrific visions of 649 Pokemon to unlock for 99 cents each, worry not. Iwata also made it clear that even if the Big N ever went the free-to-play/microtransaction route, it would not be for existing franchises like Mario or Pokemon.
“We [as an industry] can now do distribution by digital means as well as micro-transactions, and the ways to obtain money through supporting entertainment have increased,” Iwata said. “I have no intention of denying charged games or the free-to-play model. If we were to talk about if Nintendo were to do that, however, I do not [have] much inclination to do that with Nintendo’s established well-known products, where people trust their interesting-ness.”