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Finance

Nintendo 3DS gets paid DLC

Fri 18 Nov 2011 1:56pm GMT / 8:56am EST / 5:56am PST
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Reggie Fils-Aime says "it makes sense to the consumer"

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that the next 3DS system update will allow for paid DLC.

"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," he told AOL Games.

"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."

The update for the handheld is due next month. Previously Nintendo has offered DLC for DS titles, but those have all been free.

"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,'" he added.

"Now, in addition, if we want to make other things available, great, and we'll look at that. But we're unwilling to sell 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."

Following its financial results late last month, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata promised "new genres of software" to attract more gamers to the company.

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Quaisha Thornton Founder & CEO, GameAvation, LLC

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Wonderful news and a smart decision on Nintendo's part.

Posted:2 years ago

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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"Now, in addition, if we want to make other things available, great, and we'll look at that. But we're unwilling to sell 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."

It would be nice if Nintendo enforce that, becuase that sure as heck doesn't seem to always be the case on other platforms. I know a few people still reeling over the last Tiger Woods game.

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Jamie Read Junior 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd

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Being a huge Nintendo fan, I really hope they get this right. Other platforms clearly show that development companies are strategically leaving content out of their games at launch to keep by as DLC to get more money from its consumers.

Posted:2 years ago

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Sam Maxted Journalist / Community / Support

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Andrew: I've refused to buy the last few Tiger Woods games for this very reason. The amount of content available on the disc compared to DLC is absolutely rediculous and I refuse to buy a game that's such poor value for money.

Posted:2 years ago

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Peter Paninar Artist

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so in addition to already overpriced software for 3ds now you will be able to pay even more in the form of overpriced DLC.... :/ great move from nintendo indeed

Posted:2 years ago

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Sam Maxted Journalist / Community / Support

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To refer back to the quote from Reggie on the front page:

"it makes sense to the consumer"

Most consumers are probably finding it makes more sense to use their smartphones for gaming instead of a 3DS.

Posted:2 years ago

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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@Sam: Not if you want to play a Zelda, Mario or other exclusive Nintendo franchise game. Nintendo doesn't need to make a damn phone, either. That would be the worst thing they could do for the "consumer."

Posted:2 years ago

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Sam Maxted Journalist / Community / Support

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@Greg: True, but first-party titles aren't enough to sustain a console. You need decent third-party support to succeed, and that's what the 3DS seems to be lacking at the moment.

Posted:2 years ago

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Sam, have you looked at the 3rd party development list lately? I'm going to assume that's a no. The 3DS has more 3rd party support than any Nintendo console since the SNES.

You know what's best for the consumer....choice. Stop trying to take that away from them.

Posted:2 years ago

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Sam Maxted Journalist / Community / Support

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Yes, I have. However, I've also seen the high-profile cancelations on the system and the general lack of software available for it nearly 8 months after launch.

And you're right - choice is good. However, if you take a look at the pricing of titles on the DS / 3DS compared to iOS and Android devices, I'm not convinced it's providing value for money. A prime example of this would be the relative prices of Street Fighter IV on iOS / Android systems, compared to the 3DS version.

See also: Plants vs Zombies

Don't get me wrong - I like my 3DS, I just think the system could end up finding itself in trouble.

Posted:2 years ago

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Sam, I tell you what. When Monster Hunter gets dedicated to iOS first, you might be on to something. When Metal Gear Solid Portable gets dedicated to iOS first, you might be on to something. When Final Fantasy gets dedicated to iOS first, you may be on to something. When Resident Evil gets dedicated to iOS first, you may be on to something. When Grand Theft Auto gets dedicated to iOS first, you may be on to something.

When Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda, Pokemon, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Kid Icarus, Super Smash Brothers, Uncharted, God Of War, Resistance, Wipeout, Killzone, SOCOM, Twisted Metal and others find that their audience is better served on an iOS platform than on dedicated hardware, you may be on to something.

Until then, all the analytics, pricing discrepancies and portable convenience factors in the world won't change the reality....dedicated portable gaming devices have a valid and purposeful market.

Posted:2 years ago

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Thanks, Jimmy - you saved me from typing all that out.

Meanwhile, back to Skyrim... another game you won't see on a device and I'd say Bethsoft has no plans to do a TES game for one.

BTW, Rockstar has recently ported GTA III to the iPad and while it's fantastic from what I played, it's still something that wouldn't have been possible without the original PS2 game.

Posted:2 years ago

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