At an analyst briefing during E3, Nintendo has confirmed that it plans to launch its first free-to-play title at some point during the current fiscal year — that's the end of March 2014.
There's no confirmation of platform or title just yet, so we'll have to wait to find out if it's Wii U or 3DS that will be home to Nintendo's first experiment in the free-to-play market. Nintendo hopes that DLC initiatives, such as upcoming expansion pack Super Luigi U, and free-to-play titles will help to boost digital sales on its systems.
However, don't get your hopes up for Mushroom Kingdom: Tapped Out or Pikachu virtual pet simulators. Nintendo has ruled out free-to-play Mario and Pokémon titles due to the franchises' positive relationships with consumers — something it doesn't want to sour. Could this mean that a new IP is on the way, so as to minimise the risk of diluting an existing brand, or could we see the revival of another, smaller series revamped with free-to-play in mind?
Is there any particular Nintendo series that you'd like to see made into a free-to-play title?