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Used game sales for next gen systems has been a controversial topic these last couple months, with both Microsoft and Sony landing on different sides of the fence. Now Nintendo is weighing in on the subject.
In an interview with Polygon, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said "We understand that used games are a way for some consumers to monetize their games. They will buy a game, play it, bring it back to their retailer to get credit for their next purchase."
However later on, Fils-Aime explain why Nintendo also isn't worried about used game sales effecting its bottom line. "The replayability of our content is super strong. The consumer wants to keep playing Mario Kart. The consumer want to keep playing New Super Mario Bros. They want to keep playing Pikmin. So we see that the trade-in frequency on Nintendo content is much less than the industry average – much, much less. So for us, we have been able to step back and say that we are not taking any technological means to impact trade-in and we are confident that if we build great content, then the consumer will not want to trade in our games."
Sounds like Nintendo's approach to stemming the tide of used games is to just make better games, which sounds like a pretty reasonable policy to us. What do you think?
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Damn straight! That's the kind of thinking I can respect!
I keep my Nintendo games. Love 'em. Well, I keep most of my games. But, Nintendo also rarely lowers prices on new first party games. Two, three, and four year old games are still fifty bucks. That means there is little difference between new and used - usually around $5.00. Not a lot of incentive there.
I agree with them. Make a game that's worth buying and keeping, then people will.
That makes sense. Nintendo's games tend to higher sales longevity than most other developers, so they likely will not suffer as much from used game sales.
I am about to but a wiiU just to support them
So, Nintendo's just as great as they always been. Seriously, I don't find this surprising at all, but it does really help reassure my purchase of the WiiU and 3DS.
Reggie is definitely right about their games and the replayability that they offer. It is nice to hear his stance on the issue and I am thankful that Nintendo has gone with this strategy.
well said by reggie , if the games are good ppl wont want to trade them.
this is true, I only trade in games in games if I really don't like them anymore
Sounds like a plan.
I'm not a Nintendo guy at all, but I do like how they aren't even trying to get caught up in all this drama. Their just like, "We'll let Sony and Microsoft duke it out for the next 8 years while we sit back and play Mario Kart." I personally am not a fan of the Wii U and most of its games, but I have to give kudos to them for staying true to the formula their fans want.
i know i would never trade my smash bros its unheard of sir. the thought of it is scary i don't like it lol
At least Nintendo got it right.
He forgot to say that we also want to play things that arent NewSuperMario or MarioKart or SmashBros... I love both but Nintendo hasnt innovated in a while (except for Pikmin3 wich will be great)
I think I'll be buying the Wii U or PS4. But I don't know about the Xbox One(Xbox 720 what Microsoft SUPPOSED to called).I rather stick with the PC than THIS dumb console (not to be the hater).
Gotta love nintendo I am still thinking about the Wii U or maybe PS4 I just don't know :P
Nintendo policy is pretty nice.
And there is the key that all these big name companies simply don't get.
"...we are confident that if we build great content, then the consumer will not want to trade in our games."
Quit pumping out these 8-hours-of-linear-*** games and maybe people won't feel the need to return them or buy them used.