Rumor: Nintendo Switch Won't Support Premium Free-To-Play Currency at Launch

The Nintendo Switch's online ecosystem is launching without support for freemium free-to-play currency according to internal documents.


According to rumored internal design documents, the Nintendo Switch will be releasing without support for free-to-play purchases. Under a heading titled, "E-Commerce Features Provided by NX," this July 2016 internal document states that there is no provision for the conventional style of selling free-to-play premium currency that can be exchanged for items inside a game. Instead, on launch, the Nintendo Switch will only provide support for standard DLC, one-time purchase items, or subscription-based purchases like online and season passes.

With free-to-play purchases being synonymous with smartphone gaming on iOS and Android, and slowly creeping into console games like Madden, it's great to see Nintendo put support for premium currency in the Nintendo eShop on the backburner. Nintendo's latest mobile title, Fire Emblem Heroes, has met some ire for its use of premium currency, and I'm glad to see Nintendo is keeping the distance between its mobile gaming and console/handheld gaming ecosystems.

However, in the same documents referenced above, it does say that timing for support of premium currency is to be determined. For now, it seems like owners of the Nintendo Switch will be able to enjoy their systems without a flood of freemium titles, but if Fire Emblem Heroes does well, Nintendo might decide to prioritize adding support for in-app purchases to the Switch. 

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    February 13, 2017 9:15 AM

    Jason Faulkner posted a new article, Rumor: Nintendo Switch Won't Support Premium Free-To-Play Currency at Launch

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      February 13, 2017 9:18 AM

      Someone please translate this phrase "selling free-to-play premium currency"

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        February 13, 2017 9:21 AM

        They won't have the equivalent of buying in-game gold or points.

        Since Nintendo consoles are often consumed by kids they can't just ask for a credit card for in-game purchases as easily as smart phone platforms so it's common to have pre-purchase token-like currency.

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        February 13, 2017 9:22 AM

        Orbs, coins and such in F2P games that are used to restore stamina. They are also used for other things. They're primarilly designed to take advantage of you and get you to continue to spend money.

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      February 13, 2017 10:29 AM

      As for me, it's just a rumor. Nintendo just raises the interest to its products. People love that kind of thing. For example, my neighbors think that I bought tickets at and I'm going to move out. I told them so. they just hope that this fact is the truth and they are very kind with me.

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      February 13, 2017 6:35 PM

      This doesn't bother me at all, but I much prefer the classic "Buy the game and maybe an expansion or two" model.

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