It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Nintendo and, in particular, the 3DS. In an attempt to stem the tide of negativity Nintendo has reduced the price but, according to Andriasang, Nintendo is now looking to bring paid DLC to the 3DS and the upcoming Wii U.
Apparently a paid DLC service will be available on the 3DS before the year is out.
As you'd expect, Nintendo would like to be selective on its use - to have it help build good consumer relationships instead of simply being utilised for quick fix, short term profits.
The change of plan is no doubt, in part, a response to the massive profits Apple garner from its App Store, but according to Iwata the 3DS internet connection rate far outstrips the original DS (as you'd expect) and that has encouraged Nintendo to make better use of online services.
Iwata was insistent however that Digital would not replace regular retail.
Paid Item Downloads Coming to 3DS and Wii U [Andriasang]