Nintendo’s next two smartphone games will be free-to-play

Nintendo’s next two smartphone games will be free-to-play, The Wall Street Journal reports. Smartphone game maker DeNA—who partnered with Nintendo to release the Miitomo app in March and has plans to release four more games by March 2017—announced that upcoming titles Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing will be “free-to-start apps.”
Unlike traditional games that users buy up front, the free-to-play model lowers the barrier to entry for players, but is something Nintendo had resisted strongly until last year. The about-face seems to have paid off in a few ways, with Miitomo already downloaded by at least 10 million users and making more money than expected.


Dan Pye was a news editor at iLounge. He's been involved with technology his whole life, and started writing about it in 2009. He's written about everything from iPhone and iPad cases to Apple TV accessories.