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.”