Despite Nintendo’s Chagrin, Next 3DS Update Will Allow Paid DLC

on November 18, 2011 6:00 PM

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, also known as The Regginator, says the company doesn’t like giving players anything less than “the complete experience.” That’s the line The Big N has toed as a justification for shying away from paid downloadable content on its platforms, but the newest system update to the Nintendo 3DS will allow just that. It’s something Nintendo says it’ll allow, but the company isn’t happy about it.

It’s not that Nintendo’s completely averse to DLC. After all, the latest Professor Layton and Mario Kart Wii have post-release content supplied by the developer. What company representatives don’t want to see is other developers delivering half an experience and charging for more content later on, much like the basis for recent public outcries against day-one-DLC. Then again, what’s the difference between that and episodic content?

“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,” Fils-Aime told AOL Games”.

While that may be a noble goal, it’s not like Nintendo has done a great job of delivering on its DLC promises itself. Back when the Wii was still known as Project Revolution, company President Satoru Iwata and Fils-Aime claimed they’d be able to deliver content through WiiConnect24 like new items and weapons in shops, a concept that never truly materialized.

The biggest missed opportunity, in my mind, was refusing to provide paid DLC for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I know director Masahiro Sakurai said there was no way to do it because of the Wii’s limited hard drive space, but what’s the SD card support for, then?

Think of how cool a free Skyward Sword skin for Link would have been with any purchase of the new title? Or new stages? Characters would be tricky because they’d throw off the game’s balance, but still, there were several opportunities for Nintendo to forge a decent DLC strategy.

The AOL interview has some other fun tidbits, including The Regginator’s favorite game — which is my number 2, in case you were wondering — and a bit on Nintendo’s view of the mobile market.

Many thanks to Game Politics for the tip.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.