Nintendo on Used Games: Make Games People Won't Sell

We now know from E3 2013 that unlike some other consoles *cough*, Nintendo will not be putting restrictions on used games for the Wii U or the 3DS. IGN spoke with the publisher's global president, Satoru Iwata, and got his thoughs on the topic:

"The best possible countermeasure against people buying used product is making the kind of product that people never want to sell," Iwata told me, indicating that he'd never considered implementing mechanisms, or "tying down" his company's systems, with the kind of features that would restrict or control what Nintendo customers do with their used games. "Taking as an example Mario Kart or Smash Bros., even though you might think, 'I’ve done enough with this,' you’ll still have second thoughts. 'Wait a minute. If one of my friends comes over, I might need this again.' You’re never going to want to sell these games. That’s something that always occupies our minds. We need to make software that players don’t want to sell."

Iwata also seemed disappointed that E3 had become focused on everything but the most important thing to him and his company - the games.

"We’re competing with each other in terms of who’s creating the most fun games," Iwata said. "Unfortunately, however, as I saw the reports dispatched from E3 this year, they’re pretty much occupied by talk about which machine is more friendly to used games, or which machine is $100 cheaper than the other. I’m sorry that we’re missing the most important discussion – about video games."