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A Nintendo F2P game that lets you bargain for better prices
A Nintendo F2P game that lets you bargain for better prices
August 8, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

August 8, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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Darumeshi Sports Store is a free-to-play title found in Nintendo's Japanese 3DS eShop. It works like a lot of free-to-play titles do: it costs nothing to download and relies upon in-game microtransactions to extract revenue from players. However, Darumeshi comes with a twist: players can bargain with the system for lower prices.

Through a combination of in-game item collection (a familiar idea) and doing favors for the in-game shopkeeper (a more novel concept), Darumeshi players can shave off more than a quarter off the retail price of the title's minigames. It may even be possible to get the games for free.

Darumeshi is geared toward older players and likely not the sort of title we'll see localized, but we know that Nintendo is flirting with the free-to-play model these days -- so perhaps we'll see something with a similar bargaining system reach the West sometime in the future.

You can visit the game's eShop page (in Japanese) here.

Source: NeoGAF.


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Chris Lynn
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Interesting idea. It can cause increase in sales due to the bargain effect - think of all those games you bought from Steam sales you never actually played. I have a friend that have over 80 non-played games in its account, all due to being "great prices".

Also, I think that making gameplay a part of the shopping experience is a nice idea. The player has a direct participation on the price, and a sort of storyline effect linked to prices. Once again, it's Nintendo way of doing things their, which has worked well for the 3DS Streetpass games

Brian Wolf
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It's a really clever evolution of how a lot of F2P games already function. Players can either expend effort or cash to get what they want.


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