Nintendo to Reward Discounts to Dedicated Fans for Buying and Sharing Games

By Jorge Ba-oh 30.01.2014 3

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Nintendo Network was one of the key topics discussed in today's financial results briefing, with loyalty discounts expected.

One of the major benefits that Nintendo now has since beginning to unify platforms and players into a single Nintendo Network ID is to have a more centralised database of players. In the company's financial results briefing this morning, Satoru Iwata admitted that the differences between portable and home console had created "separate relationships with consumers."

In Nintendo's eyes, before introducing Nintendo Network to 3DS, the same person playing Wii U and 3DS could have been seen as two different players, but the main aim going forward is to bring these two together.

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Nintendo are hoping to become more flexible when it comes to pricing, and also to reward players who continually support the company. Similar approaches have been taken by local subsidiaries, but Iwata feels the need to ramp up promotion using the Nintendo Network system.

"If we can offer flexible price points to consumers who meet certain conditions, we can create a situation where these consumers can enjoy our software at cheaper price points when they purchase more," Iwata announced this morning. However, it isn't intended to be a purely quantity-driven exercise, with friend recommendations also a possibility to secure a discount on key Nintendo releases.

Iwata feels this revised business and sales model will help "increase the number of players per title, and the players will play our games with more friends."

What are your thoughts on Nintendo offering discounts to dedicated fans?

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Always awesome to get bonuses for being a loyal fan. In a way this idea isn't actually new as we've had the Digital Deluxe Promotion since launch of Wii U, but it sounds like Nintendo has even bigger plans.

https://p.nintendo.net/deluxe/

EDIT: Wow, I just checked and discovered I have $10 in eShop credit waiting for me! Yay!

( Edited 30.01.2014 09:39 by Sonic_13 )

Does this mean a shared library for U and 3DS is coming? If I could play ALttP on both the U and the 3DS for €8, I'd do it.

Canyarion said:
Does this mean a shared library for U and 3DS is coming? If I could play ALttP on both the U and the 3DS for €8, I'd do it.

If only that could be the way forward! I'd love too be able to do that, but I think Nintendo would probably lose a lot of projected sales if they did do that. I mean the hardcore Nintendo fans have probably purchased Super Mario Bros, Ocarina of Time etc multiple times! I myself have had OoT around 5 different times! Imagine all of that lost revenue!

Hopefully now Nintendo have unified these accounts we can hope they move toward not having to re-purchase the same game over and over.

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