Nintendo’s Online Strategy Enters the Early 2000s — Company to Try Out Paid DLC

01.02.12 7 years ago

Getting a bit fed up with DLC? Well, too bad, because Nintendo, the last major holdout when it comes to paid DLC, is finally relenting. As recently as a couple months ago Nintendo was still sticking to a defiantly anti-DLC stance — making players pay extra for a full experience was against everything Nintendo stood for gosh-darnit! What a brave moral stand! Of course the real reason they haven’t done DLC yet probably has more to do with the fact that DLC arrives via the Internet, and Nintendo finds the Internet confusing and scary.

Lately though, there’s been a thawing of relations between Nintendo and the Interwebs. The 3DS has largely done away with friend codes, and the system’s eShop is actually shaping up to be pretty solid. They even recently released a pretty rad little messaging system for the machine. Nintendo is beginning to realize the Internet isn’t just a terrifying wasteland of pirates and pedophiles, but something they can actually use to make money.

In that spirit, spring 2012 will see the release of a new Fire Emblem game in Japan, and the game will offer a variety of paid DLC. The kind of content you’ll be able to download is unknown at the time, but whatever it is will cost 100 yen (about $1.30 American) a piece. Seems like not a bad deal — let’s just hope Nintendo doesn’t get carried away with this DLC thing in the future, although they probably like money too much not to.

via Geekosystem

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