For aficionados of Nintendo products, you can let out a collective sigh of relief to know that they'll not be tampering with Mario, Zelda, Metroid or any of its 1st party line-up with its upcoming planned free-to-play model experiment. Instead, that "honour" is bestowed upon Steel Diver a.k.a 'That game everyone bought just so they would have something to play on their new Nintendo 3DS'.

'There is something we're doing with the Steel Diver idea that I think is going to open things up with that game... It's going to be very fun,' Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto told IGN. 'We're exploring from a perspective of where we can take that from a multiplayer standpoint -- it's going to have this four-player battle mode that I think is going to be very interesting.'

It seemsNintendo wants to dip their toes in the well established market of free-to-play before they committing longterm. I guess they don't want to lose their reputation of creating 'quality' games just to pursue, what some critics consider, the largely tacky market that is the free-to-play genre.

Shigeru Miyamoto stated the new Steel Diver game will see a physical release and "something that we're hoping to be able to show relatively soon."