Satoru Iwata confirmed that the Wii U will support free-to-play games and microtransactions. Nintendo has designed the Wii U “to allow developers to freely take advantage of things like free-to-play and microtransactions.” Iwata reconfirmed that Nintendo doesn’t plan to offer first-party games as free-to-play titles, but they may offer free downloadable content.

“We have prepared a Digital Rights Management system. We have designed the system from a technical standpoint to allow developers to freely take advantage of things like free-to-play and microtransactions.”

“Currently, we are not actively looking at free to play for our first-party content and I don’t think that’s a direction that we should go in right now, but that doesn’t mean for the future that there may not come a time where we have specific content that might be suited to that model.”



  1. My only question is how easy Nintendo is going to make it for developers to move free to play games onto the system – I wonder if they will be required to have WiiU gamepad functionality? I also wonder how they are going to test the games for their format like they do on the eshop since the games are specifically designed to take time to properlly play?


    • Dude you know something when its about Nintendo its about the game world if Nintendo wants something they get it just like watch dogs Miyamoto like watch dogs and the president of Ubisoft said do you want watch dogs on Wii u then he said maybe Nintendo is the only game company who has much respect than others

      Together Wii U.


    • It would be as easy as porting any other games, obviously. And controls are up to the devs. There are no differences to F2P games besides the fact that they are(you guessed it) free to play.


  2. Well that was obvious, Ghost Recon Online is a Free-2-play game and its coming out for the Wii U.

    Still its good that Nintendo are supporting free-2-play games.


  3. awesome news is awesome. now they can grab that gigantic croud of mmo players, seeing as almost all mmo’s now are free to play. i personally don’t play mmo’s but it is a pretty smart move to go in the direction of free to play.


    • That’s what I’m wondering too, hopefully they will, I always thought that was a great idea from Sony & Microsoft, it’s actually helped quite a lot of people I know to decide if they should buy a full game or not.


  4. This is the right business model to attract potential game and app makers. They took a page out of Apples App store and I have a feeling it will do great. The amount of free Apps and micro transactions will allow game and app makers another source of income and statistics as to what gamers want. Also marketing will love this. :D . Great job Nintendo


  5. umm Can anyone explain to me what they mean by Free-To-Play games?
    sorry, not that much of a tec wiz as I thought :/


    • Free to Play games are, as the name suggest, games that are free to play. You can then buy different looks for your character or pay to unlock new stuff faster etc. That is how the developers earn money on it. These kind of games are often updated frequently with new stuff for you to unlock/buy


  6. I’m glad that Nintendo will be supporting Free-to-Play games on the Wii U… especially games like Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online. Gabe Newell, are you reading this?


  7. i wonder if a new kirby game is going to be a free 2 play game for the wii u, but with dlc to unlock more stuff or even more powerups, and it would be fucking awesome to have online play on a kirby game on wii u nintendo you always come up with awesome ideas *-*

    Nintendo <3


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