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Nintendo’s First Wave of Mobile Games Will Be Free-to-play with Microtransactions

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All of Nintendo’s mobile games that are currently in development will adopt a free-to-play model, the The Wall Street Journal reports. Isao Moriyasu, CEO of DeNA, who are working with Nintendo to develop mobile games, confirmed the news. Moriyasu said that there are five mobile games due to arrive by Spring 2016, all of which will adopt a free-to-play model, with payment coming in the form of microtransactions.

Although often thought upon as a dirty word, it’s worth giving Nintendo the benefit of the doubt over microtransactions; whether they translate into a ‘pay-to-win’ system that so many others are guilty of remains to be seen.

We got our first look at one of Nintendo’s mobile games, Miitomo, last month. Unfortunately, Miitomo is, to our knowledge, more of a platform for social communication, rather than a fully-fledged mobile title. Nevertheless, we’ll be seeing Miitomo on mobile sometime in early 2016.

Sticking with Nintendo, their first Nintendo Direct since the tragic passing of former president Satoru Iwata is scheduled for tomorrow (November 12th) at 12pm PST. The Direct will focus on upcoming 3DS and Wii U titles. Nintendo has one major Wii U title left for 2015, Xenoblade Chronicles X, with Star Fox and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U slated for a 2016 release.

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