Miitomo has been a huge success for Nintendo, and they have promised us four more mobile apps before March 2017. Two of these will be an Animal Crossing app and a Fire Emblem app. Much like Miitomo, these will both be free-to-start and will likely contain optional in-app microtransactions. However, Nintendo is hoping to have more monetization through their apps in the future, and Nintendo’s president Tatsumi Kimishima stated that the company is looking for a “safer middle ground” to do this. When asked about the rise in people who spend a lot on smartphone games, he said that the players of Nintendo games are “not simply made up of people who can splurge on any amount of DLC.”
Here’s his full response when asked about concerns over the amount of players overspending:
In your future apps the plan is to have more monetization, but is there any concern about the increasing number of people who spend too much on smartphone games?
Kimishima: At the moment, we have no official reports on that. However, the players of Nintendo games are not simply made up of people who can splurge on any amount of DLC. We’re looking for a safer middle ground that can satisfy everyone.
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