During a financial briefing at E3 today, Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata announced the company will be releasing a free-to-play game before March 2014, when their current fiscal year ends.
Mum is the word on what this game might be, but one thing Iwata did make clear is that it wouldn’t be a Mario or Pokemon game due to the company’s strong relationship with those brands
Iwata previously expressed interest in the free-to-play model back in April, during a Q&A. “We might see more games that are similar to free-to-play games, games that cost much less or games that require a monthly subscription fee,” Iwata said.
Nintendo is focusing on the Wii U at this year’s E3, showcasing such titles as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8, as well as Super Mario 3D World and The Wonderful 101. Look forward to EGM’s impressions and hands-on previews throughout the remainder of the week.
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