In a business strategy conference held in Japan, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has played down internet rumours that Nintendo will be offering its first-party back catalogue for free on its next-generation Revolution console. 'We have no plans to distribute [our back catalogue] without a fee,' insisted Iwata, though he did hint that certain classic Nintendo titles will be used as promotional freebies.
The Revolution's ability to download and play the company's first-party titles from the last decade or so - a feature labelled by Nintendo as the 'Virtual Console' - was never truly likely to be entirely free. As it is, Iwata would not be drawn on what kind of pricing scheme Nintendo has in mind, and instead explained the motive for the unique download service as 'an attempt to create a system which allows both Nintendo and [third-party publishers] to make a profit by using [software titles] from the past.'
Even more interestingly - and here's why this story is also in the Nintendo DS section, folks - the Nintendo boss also revealed that Revolution owners will be able to download demos for the Nintendo DS to the console and then transfer them wirelessly to their handhelds. Nifty.
More news as it breaks.