The Wii U was going to explore free-to-play games in a pretty high-profile way, before development on Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Online was halted some time ago. But company president Satoru Iwata has told investors that there might be further exploration into the business model yet.
"We might have many other types of business models in addition to packaged software,” the exec said. “For example, 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.
"Nintendo 3DS and Wii U have flexible systems to handle such trends, so it is now a question of putting these ideas into action." Sound exciting? Iwata added that even though Nintendo is thinking of these models, it will also do its best to explore brand new ideas.
"I can definitely say that Nintendo will make new offers that go well beyond simply replacing packaged software with digital software."