It’s Friday, and in usual Friday fashion, I want to talk about free games. You might have noticed I have yet to mention any Nintendo games as free, so I wanted to spend time talking about those this week. Nintendo has something called free-to-start.
What does this mean? Well, it means you can start playing those games for free but if you want to make real progress in the game (or want to continue at all) then at a certain point you will have to pay. Other terms to describe this type of game are called pay-to-win and freemium. Nintendo decided they didn’t like those terms, nor the free-to-play term, so they invented this new free-to-start phrase just for their games. It’s more accurate, though I’m hardly fond of a new name floating in the air that needs learning. It took me a minute to figure out what exactly they meant–which is a little annoying and initially confusing. Oh well, we know now.
What games are offered then? Seven Wii U games, fifteen 3DS games, four iOS/Android games, and one Switch game. I won’t droll on with the descriptions of that massive list. Instead, I’ll leave the link to this list of games here, for you to check out. The list includes a lot of Pokemon inspired games, a Mario game, pinball games, and a few others. To be honest, I don’t find the list all that exciting given the type of games I can find for free on any other gaming platform (Xbox, PlayStation, phone, and computer).
However, things are going to be changing come the new year. It’s been announced that in 2018 Nintendo is offering a paid subscription for their online service. This will cost twenty dollars a year, four dollars a month, or eight dollars for three months. Not bad compared to the sixty dollars yearly cost of Xbox and PlayStation services. If you decide to sign up for Nintendo’s online subscription, then you will be given access free games. Real free games, not “free-to-play.”
At first, Nintendo had planned to offer certain games each month that would be playable for only that month. They have now changed their plan. Subscribers will be able to play however many games they want, for however long they want. However, these free games will only be “classic” games. Some titles that have been announced so far are Dr. Mario, Super Mario Bros 3, and Balloon Fight.
In 2018 when Nintendo introduces the paid subscription you will need to pay to have any online play, voice chat, or access to online lobbies. Without the paid subscription you’ll still be able to access the eshop, parental controls, register and manage friends, and share screenshots.
Okay you guys, well I don’t want to leave anyone hanging on Free Game Friday so I’m sharing with you a free website where you can play classic Nintendo and Sega games.
At this site, you have the options between games released for SNES, Genesis, Gameboy, NES, and Master System. These are all classics, and all free. Under each system, they group the games by most played, featured, for true gamers! (whatever that means), and the worst games for the system–haha. They also sometimes list newly added games and hidden gems.
Some of the favorite series on this site include the Sonic the Hedgehog classics–one, two, three, 3D, sonic and knuckles, and more. I lived and breathed these games until I convinced my parents to get me a modern gaming system. For whatever reason, they thought I would be less obsessed with dated games–haha! Another familiar series is Pokemon–red, emerald, fire, yellow, and gold. I must also mention Mario because they have a ton of Mario, Wario, and Yoshi games including Super Marios Bros 3.
You can also play the original games of series that are still loved today. That includes Mortal Kombat, Phantasy Star, Dragon Ball Z, and Zelda. Not only the originals for those but a few of the later games as well. This site even has games I’ve never heard of, like Home Alone, Rock and Roll Racing, and Sailor Moon. I feel like I should have at least been aware of the Sailor Moon game’s existence given my lengthy obsession with it but I guess I missed it by a few years. No doubt I think most, if not all, of us, will see unfamiliar games on the site because they have a ton.
These games are arcade games. Making them easy to pick up and put down, or spend hours obsessing over. That means they are not only free but don’t have to cost you much time either. I’ve got a Steam wishlist a mile long, and I need a few games to pass a few minutes in between doing other things. Arcade games make for great breaks on the computer in between homework or work-work. However, if you personally are not all that in to dated games then don’t forget the free-to-play list. There are even phone games, so anyone without a Nintendo device can still have a few options.
Hope you guys have a great weekend!