3DS and Wii U to support paid DLC

Iwata confirms paid item transactions for 3DS by the end of the year

Nintendo has confirmed that developers for the 3DS and the Wii U will have the option to include paid item transactions in their games.

Speaking during a call with investors - reported by Andriasang - Satoru Iwata said that the system would be in place for 3DS developers by the end of the year.

However, while Iwata expressed interest in extending the life of a game through added stages, he questioned the value of the concept to Nintendo's products. He used unlocking keys and stat increases as examples of low quality paid items that would damage the company's relationship with its customers, even if they did boost profits in the near term.

Profits will be very much on the minds of Nintendo's investors following the release of a Q1 financial report that reduced the company's earnings forecast by 82 percent, resulting in a sharp decline in stock value and Iwata taking a 50 percent pay cut.

Iwata stated that growing Nintendo's digital business will be a key focus over the next three years. The company wishes to make the e-Shop into a larger presence in the habits of its consumers, and increase online transactions by 5 to 10 percent over current levels.

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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University8 years ago
as long you do not sell power(or make them work for the added power) or cut parts of the game it can work.
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Richard Pygott Level Designer 8 years ago
Nintendo are truly the innovators in the industry and have been for decades,. yet they have failed to capture the online segment at all with the Wii, it will be interesting to see how they integrate this into the Wii U
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Russ Greeno Freelance Video Game Reviewer 8 years ago
It's just a culture difference. Nintendo have no internal data to show that millions of people would buy extra stages for Mario Kart or Mario Galaxy. So they don't bother looking into it. However I know I would buy addons for Nintendo games if they were to look into it.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.8 years ago
Russ, Nintendo doesn't mind doing DLC for their own games, what they said they won't do for their games is paid DLC. If they do DLC, it would be free. The paid DLC option is being opened to 3rd parties.
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Richard stewart8 years ago
thank you jimmy for expalianing it in the most simplest way possible saddly i belive people will still miss the point.
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PATRICK CHUDE Studying MSc. Information Systems, University of Surrey8 years ago
Even with the option open only to 3rd parties, Nintendo needs to have a greater online presence. They need to permanently merge with a company like Valve to make the Wii U a success.
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 8 years ago
They don't necessary need to do a merger for that purpose. They have sufficient online capacities especially if you look at how they constantly update what shops can sell or what new items they provide in Animal Crossing for free. Different companies have different visions I guess and in Nintendo's case it is not profiteering through DLC I suppose.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.8 years ago
Patrick, Nintendo stated they will partner with many companies on their online service and Valve has stated many times lately that they want Steam on Wii U. A little deductive reasoning and you have your solution quite well in hand.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 8 years ago
@ Patrick - Nintendo have also stated that they are essentially allowing 3rd parties to develop their own online systems, which is why Valve/EA/Ubi are so excited as they like to do online in their own fashion.
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