Neoseeker : News : Nintendo dives into free-to-play with new Steel Diver
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Spook Jun 19, 13
Miyamoto... the hell? How can they foresee profiting off of free packaged products? That plastic costs something, unless they decide to go the subscription route, but I still don't see a point with the eShop.
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Duncan Idaho Jun 19, 13
quote ichakasi
Miyamoto... the hell? How can they foresee profiting off of free packaged products? That plastic costs something, unless they decide to go the subscription route, but I still don't see a point with the eShop.
if you consider profit= earning cash per sold game then yes, if you consider profit= attracting more gamers to their side then there is profit to be earnt
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Spook Jun 19, 13
But is a revamped Steel Diver the best way to attract consumer attention? It seems like there'd be potentially better titles, based purely on sales.
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Duncan Idaho Jun 19, 13
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But is a revamped Steel Diver the best way to attract consumer attention? It seems like there'd be potentially better titles, based purely on sales.
It is, free to play could be used as a way to showcase the 3DS for the reclutant customers and they get a free game, not having to pay extra, it can be used in lots of ways
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Zombie_Barioth Jun 19, 13
Free to play can be a very good business model when done right, just look at Team Fortress 2 that game is a big selling point for steam. Even if people don't spend a dime on the game it'll allow them to get their feet wet not only with free to play games but digital purchases as well.

A lot of people still on the fence with the 3DS might pick it up just because its free and at least try it. They might actually make more with the free version given how cheap the original is now too.
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