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Nintendo shareholder to Iwata: 'Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher'

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little

Nintendo shareholder to Iwata: 'Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher'
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Hong Kong hedge fund manager Seth Fischer has, once again, urged Nintendo to start making free-to-play mobile games, and gave the video game studio a handy suggestion on monetisation:

"We believe Nintendo can create very profitable games based on in-game revenue models with the right development team," Fischer wrote in a letter, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher."

He sent a similar letter to Nintendo back in June 2013, but reiterated his point this week. Fischer said: "As the holder of what is arguably the largest library of casual games, Nintendo is well placed to make an immediate entry into mobile."

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Nintendo's thoughts on the subject are well publicised.

In January, Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata said that his company will look to use mobile apps for marketing purposes, but said that "if you report that we will release Mario on smart devices, it would be a completely misleading statement".

As for free-to-play, Ninty has already released some F2P games on its own platforms, such as Steel Diver: Sub Wars and the upcoming Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (which lets you haggle on the price of unlockable mini-games).