And, to no one’s surprise, Nintendo is reportedlybeing a bit stingy with their back catalog.
Welcome to Give It Thought, I’m Jake andlet’s get right into today’s story.
So, if a writer for WIRED is correct, it lookslike Nintendo has a different take on the monthly free games.
What I mean by this is, you know those freegames you get with your Xbox Gold and PlayStation Plus subscription every month? Well, Nintendo has a different approach.
On their website, the big N details theirplans to match with their competitors’ approaches to free monthly games, quote: “Monthly gamedownload – Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System orSuper Nintendo Entertainment System game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month.
” So, that sounds pretty familiar, right? PlayStation has been doing this for a whileand Xbox picked up the habit, too.
So why wouldn’t Nintendo play along sincethey are also going for the paid monthly subscription for online services? According to Chris Kohler, the aforementionedwriter for WIRED, Nintendo will only allow those games to be free for that month.
Quote: “Confirmed by NOA: Monthly free classicgame on Switch is indeed only available for that month.
More deets on Virtual Console before launch.
” And he clarified with this: “After a month,you can no longer PLAY the monthly Switch online classic unless you buy it.
” Meaning, the games will leave your systemat the end of every month.
Even if you keep your subscription.
So unlike on Xbox, where you can keep thegames as long as you keep your Gold subscription paid up, Nintendo’s plan will be more likemonthly free game “rentals”.
So, as of right now, we don’t know the priceof Nintendo’s subscription, so this could be the reasoning behind this.
It could be really cheap, which would thenmaybe lessen some of the hate Nintendo is getting for this business decision.
Or, it could be at the standard price setby Xbox, which PlayStation recently upped it to, and be the full sixty dollars for ayear of the service.
And, we only get free game rentals.
I’m willing to bet it won’t be as high,but people will still feel like there is no reason for them to pay for online multiplayercapabilities without some kind of other bonus.
Nintendo has historically been stingy withtheir back catalog.
When people upgraded from the Wii to the WiiU, you had to buy all those old games again, which really upset some people.
Same story with the 3DS.
It would be nice if Nintendo made a cross-platformdownload feature, but they always try to get the maximum money out of the virtual consolegames.
I get it from a business standpoint, but fromconsumers it just feels… wrong.
I’m wondering as I’m talking here, ifthis cycle will repeat again with the Switch.
Will we have to buy all those old games againif we want to play them on that console as well.
Will I not be able to play Earthbound on thego unless I pony up more money for it? That is a detail we don’t know as of yet,and we likely won’t until the console comes out.
Unless, Nintendo decides that we won’t haveto pay again, which I would imagine they would announce to gain some good will from fans.
But, I just wanted to catch everyone up onthe news that, reportedly, Nintendo will only allow you to play the free monthly games forthe month of their release and they will be removed at the end of that month.
So what does everyone think of this? I imagine Nintendo will be getting a lot ofhate for this one.
So, be sure to give me any and all of yourthoughts on this story down below.
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