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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