Nintendo Doesn’t Want To Sell Frivolous DLC To Complete An Incomplete Game

Nintendo Doesn’t Want To Sell Frivolous DLC To Complete An Incomplete Game

In a recent interview with AOL, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that digital transactions on the 3DS will be meaningful, and third party game companies can create anything in their imagination.

We’ve heard mention of the 3DS’ upcoming “add-on content” before, but here Reggie gives us the (rather vague) rundown.

“In terms of what the next system update will allow, it will allow developers to sell add-on content, and whether that’s for a physical game or a digitally released game. In terms of how it will work, it’s up to the developer whether they want to make it to buy new levels, new items — all of that is up to their imagination. Essentially, what we’re doing is creating the framework for those transactions to happen,” Reggie said.

When asked by AOL if Nintendo ever plans to enter the DLC fray itself, Reggie said they don’t want to force the issue just for the sake of it.

“We’re interested in it to the extent that it makes sense to the consumer… But what we’re unwilling to sell is a piece of a game upfront and, if you will, force a consumer to buy more later… 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,” he said.

Reggie also insists that having the company’s core franchises available for mobile platforms goes against their beliefs. “The concept of having our core franchises on other systems really flies in the face of what we believe in,” he said.

Check out the link below for the full interview.

Nintendo Interview [AOL]


    • But that is totally different…wait. No it is not. Just more expensive. I guess they have to do it this way because they don’t understand the whole online thing.

  • That’s all well and good, but Super Smash Brothers DLC would be great. Release with a bunch of characters, allow us to DL more.

    • Or you know, just release an upfront roster that doesn’t need or even merit anymore characters… I know which I’d prefer.

    • Actually I’d prefer them to do further balancing on characters like we see on console releases now. Hopefully this will allows for those post release tweaks – especially when you get ridiculously over or under powered characters.

  • Thankyou Nintendo, can’t say you’ve impressed me much of late but your stance on DLC brings me back to why I have such fond memories of your games.

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