3 Reasons Puzzle & Dragons For 3DS Is A Great Move For Nintendo
Nintendo's release of Puzzle & Dragons to the 3DS has opened several doors for the marriage of the free-to-play mobile genre and handheld gaming, and while naysayers may be sticking to their guns and holding fast to outdated notions, this is an excellent thing. The fact that GungHo's excellent puzzler is flourishing on such a popular system can only mean good things for Nintendo's future as the company delves into mobile publishing and similar games, and here's a rundown of why.
Paying less for a better and more complete experience
One of the main concerns of those who genuinely enjoyed Puzzle & Dragons on mobile devices was the constant requirement that you spend additional money on the app in order to get better creatures or better content. Not that you were forced to do this, but it became something of a status symbol or a "pay to win" endeavor where new players felt a bit unwelcome with an impending growing price tag over their heads. Both Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition are included on one cartridge, and they're complete experiences. Players can play one entry price and not have to worry about ponying up to see what else the game has to offer.
Players are already familiar with the Nintendo name, and mobile gamers are likely already familiar with Puzzle & Dragons. Combining the two gives a strong sense of brand recognition for both parties, which should in turn boost sales. Hopefully, with a boost in sales will come additional experiments like this, or partnerships with mobile publishers to push out games that can be releases in such a manner that they can be purchased once and players can play the games to completion.
More chances to try new IPs
The Puzzle & Dragons game are excellent puzzlers, but some players would never have given them a chance due to their free-to-play nature. By being added to the Nintendo cadre of titles, gamers not willing to take as many risks can venture forth with familiar faces like Mario and Luigi to play a game they may not have tried otherwise. There's a dearth of variety when it comes to the modern gaming industry, and this could be one key to changing things up significantly.
Look for Modojo's upcoming review of Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition soon. For now, are you interested in giving either game a try or are you sticking with the mobile versions?