Animal Crossing: New Leaf won't feature paid-for DLC, even though it could have been 'unbelievably profitable'

Never mind the fact that Nintendo has slashed its profit forecasts in the wake of more losses. Never mind the fact that the add-on packs for New Super Mario Bros 2 have been well-received. Never mind that, by the company's president's own admission, paid-for DLC for Animal Crossing: New Leaf could be 'unbelievably profitable'. It's not going to happen.

And the reason it's not going to happen is because Nintendo still cares about how its customers feel about the content they buy. In an Investors' Meeting (of which Nintendo seems to be having many at the moment), Satoru Iwata explained:

"We would like to supply consumers with only add-on or downloadable content which they are happy to pay for as compensation for creative work. For example, some might say that it would be unbelievably profitable to provide paid add-on content for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but we were concerned that a game in which you enjoy yourself more by the power of money would not be suitable, and we decided to avoid such a feature after an intensive discussion with the development team."

Animal Crossing fans (which includes us) are undoubtedly going to be ecstatic about the news because its item-collecting/customisation-based gameplay is ludicrously addictive. The DS game was a daily ritual for most of the GamesRadar team back in 2006... until we tried to take screenshots of our town with the office grabber, unaware its internal clock was set to the default, effectively destroying our town and all our prized turnips. It was never the same after that. So you can imagine the thought of paying money to get more turnips filled us with dread, so we'll be sleeping very soundly tonight.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is due out on Nintendo 3DS in Japan on November 8, with Western releases to follow early next year.


  • J-Fid - October 29, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    This is why I love Nintendo. Looking forward to this game.
  • CountRichtertoffen - October 29, 2012 1:55 p.m.

    This is great news! That's weirdly nice of a huge corporation like Nintendo to do for customers, especially considering the way that DLC is handled in a few of the newer games.
  • JarkayColt - October 29, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    Wow, I actually don't know how I feel about this. On the one hand, it's great that Nintendo want to respect it's customers by not using it as an outlet for squeezing some extra profit out of everyone for trivialities like furniture. But on the other hand, this means what's left of the DLC (assuming there'll be some free ones) will probably be a bit underutilised. By which I mean, ACWW had a bit of a borked in-person distribution method, but LGTTC had promise in its WiFi giveaways...however, there was never much that was released over it to give you the incentive to boot the game up. I was kinda hoping this game would actually have a better implemented DLC release schedule with cooler items, and obviously the main motivation for Nintendo to put the effort into that would've been money. It really is bizarre that they turned down the opportunity but, well, more power to them I guess.
  • yonderTheGreat - October 29, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Not sure what you're talking about. There's a default year's worth of content (unless you time travel in which case that's ENTIRELY on you). Beyond that, Nintendo continually releases a tiny bit here and a tiny bit there. If that's not enough content for you then, well, I simply don't understand. AC is one of the most content-full games in the history of ever (outside of MMOs).
  • JarkayColt - October 29, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    Oh, yeah, maybe my comment sounded a little misleading. I didn't mean to say the DLC was neccesary to bolster the game content or that there wasn't enough (I mean, I agree with what you say since I've always gotten one or two years out of the Animal Crossing games). I just meant it was odd how they kind of built the series up in a way that suggested they might be making way for fully implemented DLC if you look at how the previous games' drip-fed special items. They'd been giving away one piece of furniture each month and it just felt really archaic and kind of a pain. I know the stuff is free, but I couldn't help but think there'd have been a much healthier output if some was paid-for too. Not just furniture sets, I mean, there coulda been like mini expansion packs or something. If Nintendo don't want to overextort their customers they coulda just made it, y'know, cheap.
  • RonnyLive19881 - October 29, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Very smart move Nintendo! I was worried there would be $2 Christmas packs and a lot of pointless over priced skins/packs like on Little Big Planet Lol

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