There have been software updates to fix games, and even firmware downloads to patch security issues but there’s yet to be found any paid DLC (downloadable content, for all you non-gamers) on a Nintendo system to date. Well, that’s all about to change, now that a new Fire Emblem game is heading onto the 3DS, and will be bringing with it additional content for you to throw your hard earned pennies at Nintendo, cause y’know… they don’t already have enough of it. Reports are also saying that the Wii U will also take advantage of paid DLC.
Japanese news source Nikkei is reporting that Nintendo will be offering paid DLC come this March when it releases “Fire Embled 3DS” (obviously a tentative name).
Price points weren’t announced or anything, only the fact that Nintendo would join the DLC movement and begin offering new content for Fire Emblem when its released March 2012. More than likely it will come through the eShop, which seriously needs to be overhauled, and you’ll be able to make purchases through credit card or prepaid cards.
In an earlier interview with Games.com, Nintendo of America President, Reggie Films-Aime had this to say on the subject of paid DLC:
“We’re interested in it to the extent that it makes sense to the consumer. And it’s interesting: I’ve had this conversation with a number of our key developers, and their mentality is, “Reggie, when we sell a game, we want the consumer to feel that they’ve had a complete experience.” Now, in addition, if we want to make other things available, great, and we’ll look at that. But what we’re unwilling to sell a piece of a game upfront and, if you will, force a consumer to buy more later. That’s what they don’t want to do, and I completely agree. I think the consumer wants to get, for their money, a complete experience, and then we have opportunities to provide more on top of that.”
I like where he’s going with this, though don’t cut out Nintendo’s greed outta the picture just yet. If Call of Duty were to one day be sold as two different experiences, one single-player campaign, and the other multiplayer, I doubt Nintendo would complain about how hard it is to deposit so much money into their bank accounts.