Sep 18, 2013
Nintendo seems to be in a rough place of late, with the popularity of the DS declining with the 3DS, and the Wii U proving to be a bit of a disappointment for the company. But they’ve gotten through worse, (remember the Virtual Boy? Jeez). They are adding some HD-magic to both Wii Fit and Wii Sports, and transporting them to their newest console.
And now it seems, they are attempting a different approach to selling games, and increasing console sales. The Wii Fit U will be free to download from the beginning of November to the end of January, yet of course, you will have to own a Wii Fit board for the pleasure. And this free edition lasts for a month. The interesting part? If you purchase a Wii Fit U activity meter, (a fancy Nintendo-branded pedometer counting steps and calories), the entire game will be fully unlocked. This seems clever in essence, as Nintendo is selling hardware in order to unlock a product that already created a heap of profit.
Perhaps it is time to return to old faithful in times of need. Wind Waker HD is creating a lot of hype, and so why can’t this apply to other popular Wii titles? Aside from this, come February, the full price game will be listed for download. Packages have been announced, with the meter and balance board included.
Wii Sports has been updated, named Wii Sports Club, which consists of the original mini-games, alongside additional features, such as online play. And with this, comes a whole new host of monetization features. There is no straight up fee for the entire title, instead, asking £8.99 for each sport individually, or a 24 hour day pass, costing £1.79. This seems to be a bold move, as the price is relatively high for a single mini-game. Releasing with just Bowling and Tennis, it seems Nintendo are banking on the huge popularity of the previous edition. Golf, Baseball and Boxing are also down the line. Another catch? MotionPlus is needed due to the controls having been refined.
It will be interesting to see how this business model plans out. A daily price plan seems like an odd move for Nintendo. But if you had a Wii U and a party coming up, it could be the perfect ice breaker for that boring family reunion.
Maybe people would be willing to pay these high prices for what is essentially a last-gen mini-game title, due to it’s immense popularity. If not, it could be lucrative within hardware and accessory sales. The online elements seem intriguing, and could add a lot of potential yo the series. As well as embracing current free-to-play and subscription services, Nintendo appears to be looking to the future.