We’ve talked about the coming Nintendo Revolution and the possibility of downloading the enormous library of NES, SNES, and N64 games that will be downloadable (I wonder if they’ll make Game Boy games available, too. That would make my head asplode). Anyway, this morning I saw this over at Evil Avatar. Like the title says, this stuff keeps getting better.
“People sort of picked on us for not prematurely jumping into online or internet gaming,” he mused, going on to point out that now the company has more to offer besides online gaming. Harrison then confirmed that past-gen, Nintendo-created titles will indeed be downloadable for free.
This is fantastic news. I would imagine 75-80% of the games that will be downloaded will come from the Nintendo library. To think that by simply purchasing the Revolution that you’ll immediately have hundreds of games to choose from is amazing. Who needs solid launch titles when your console launches with Mario 64, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Super Metroid, and hundreds more. Wow.
Another side effect this wil have is this — it will free up more money for downloading 3rd party games. Not having to pay for the Nintendo titles makes the price tag of Final Fantasy III and Chrono Trigger that much cheaper (overall).
Well played, indeed.
(See Also: Nintendo and the Long Tail)
Update: Of course some we do need perspective (and context) on this story, which can be found here.
Another Update:Unfortunately, it looks lke this was all speculation and wishful thinking. Joystiq is reporting that all Nintendo’s library will not be offered for free. It looks like some will still be downloaded for free but not all of them. That’s too bad. But so often is the case, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.