During Nintendo’s latest investor’s briefing, the company announced that two new mobile games, based on Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem, will be releasing this fall. These two franchises were chosen to “appeal to as many fans as possible,” as they both have vastly different fanbases.
Nintendo has not announced the pricing model for the upcoming games. Miitomo, Nintendo’s first mobile game, was available to download for free, but featured in-app purchases. When Tatsumi Kimishima, the current president of Nintendo, was asked whether the games would adopt a similar model, he declined to comment.
Of course, we can’t be sure what this means. As we approach the games’ release this fall, more information about their pricing will surely be revealed. Personally, I believe that the games will require an initial payment, unlike Miitomo. A Nintendo representative stated that the apps will be “pure games,” unlike Miitomo, and will “more closely tie into Nintendo’s dedicated games business.” Though not explicitly stated, I do believe that this could mean that the games will adopt a pricing model similar to a traditional game.
What do you guys think? What can we take away from Kimishima’s refusal to comment? Let us know in the comments below!