A game is pretty much useless these days if it doesn't continue to get support from the publisher with free and premium downloads after it's released. Nintendo may have recognized that with the 3DS as it appears that DLC will be possible on the new handheld.
The revelation comes courtesy of the official website of 3DS game Samurai Warriors Chronicles (found via Platform Nation). On the site, it mentions players will be able to "download additional stages after release."
There have been some DS games that let players connect online to get new content, but these have been few and far between. There is no actual way for developers to add content to a DS game after it's released. For example, Professor Layton and the Curious Village allowed players to "download" new puzzles every week, but it was later revealed these puzzles were already included on the cartridge and the download merely unlocked them.
Now of course, that could be all that Samurai Warriors Chronicles is doing, but we would hope Nintendo could actually set one of its feet in the same room as everyone else in this industry. So we're hoping for the best.
From what has been revealed, it doesn't look as though the 3DS has made any really great strides in online connectivity. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has no sort of online community for its players to connect with one another, and it relies on complex friend codes that must first be shared with people offline or through a third-party online source. It doesn't appear as though the 3DS will really change that.
But, if it can at least give developers the flexibility to change and improve their games after they're already printed, that is at least an improvement.
Jan 21, 2011
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