Nintendo to Add Paid Item Transactions to 3DS and Wii U Online Networks

Developers Will Be Able to Offer DLC on a Nintendo System at Long Last

According to Japanese gaming blog, Andriasang, Satoru Iwata gave more details about Nintendo’s plans for both its Wii U and 3DS online services.

During a Q&A session at Nintendo’s Tokyo earnings briefing last Friday, Iwata was asked by an investor what his thoughts on paid downloadable content were.  At this point, the company’s CEO stated that a paid item transaction system would be coming to both 3DS and Wii U in the future.  To be more specific, 3DS developers will have this by the end of the year.

Nevertheless, the company is, in typical Nintendo fashion, still rather wary of DLC.  Both Iwata and Miyamoto like the idea of extending the life of games with added stages and other features but view paying for unlocks or bonus items as “low quality”.  They do realise the short-term economic gains of such DLC, but feel that it isn’t beneficial to establishing a long-term relationship with customers.  Bits ‘n’ Bytes Gaming couldn’t agree more.

Are you glad to see Nintendo finally jumping on-board the DLC ship?  This writer feels that they missed a trick or two by not releasing DLC packs for the Super Mario Galaxy games or Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Source: Andriasang


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