A Nintendo executive has recently stated that
the low prices of smartphone games has become a threat to the video game
Fils-Aime, Nintendo’s U.S. chief, was interviewed by GameTrailers last
week about the new Nintendo 3DS. During this interview, Fils-Aime was asked about
the prices of Nintendo 3DS games versus the low prices of
think that one of the biggest risks today in our
industry are the inexpensive games that are candidly disposable
from a consumer standpoint," said Fils-Aime.
3DS games will be priced between $35 and $45 while most smartphone apps can be
purchased for $1 or $2. While Fils-Aime considers smartphone games to
be "disposable" GameTrailers
brought up the wildly popular Angry Birds app, asking if the Nintendo chief
thought this game was disposable as well.
Birds is a great piece of experience, but that is one compared to thousands of
other pieces of content that for one or two dollars I think actually create a
mentality for the consumer that a piece of gaming content should only be two
believes that Angry Birds is one exception to the rule, but also mentioned that
video game companies like Nintendo offer "more substantial portable
actually think some of those games are overpriced at one or two dollars, but
that's a whole different story," said Fils-Aime.
Nintendo 3DS, which is a brand-new portable game console that can produce 3D
effects without using specialized glasses, will be available to buy on
March 27 in the United States for $249.99.