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Report: Nintendo to begin releasing paid DLC starting with 3DS Fire Emblem

It has been a while since we've heard Nintendo talk about Fire Emblem, and though we're excited to hear it bring up the franchise again, we think that we'd rather it not have been like this. According to sources, Nintendo will begin dabbling in paid downloadable content in the coming months, starting off with – wait for it – the 3DS version of Fire Emblem.

Apparently, said 3DS iteration will be launching in March in Japan, and Nintendo is planning on micro-transaction-ing the crap out of it. It's said that Nintendo has already updated the 3DS's firmware to allow this to work, letting gamers use pre-paid cards or credit cards to make in-game transactions. While this will only be available to Nintendo at first, a third-party roll-out is expected soon after, coming in as soon as the Summer of 2012. 

This tech will also carry over to the Wii-U, allowing developers the ability to add paid DLC to their games when the system launches in the second half of 2012. It's expected that Nintendo will elaborate on this during its streaming press conference later today, so be sure to check back for more information.

11 comments

  • FoxdenRacing - December 28, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    My one question is how will this conflict with Miyamoto-san's "A game should be a complete product" philosophy? (A sentiment I share wholeheartedly; I'll happily buy well-executed expansions, but no game should have "required" extra purchases. "The Secret Armory of General Knoxx" good, 'You must have [3 maps from the last game] pack to enter into matchmaking' bad) Executed well, it could be a boon. Executed poorly, it could be the death knell for 'no additional purchases required' gaming. All eyes are on you, Nintendo. And for the love of good, give us Fire Emblem in the west!
  • IcePotato - December 27, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    I will probably buy a 3DS for Fire Emblem.
  • espenrio - December 27, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    I absolutely love Fire Emblem and this makes me happy if only because it hopefully means this game will come to the US. Not that I'm happy to have paid DLC, but I probably will go for it as I love the series so much. I just hope there aren't any problems with it or if Japan doesn't like having DLC in Nintendo games and boycotting it because it might complicate its release over here.
  • codystovall - December 27, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Id prefer a hard copy. But Im a fan of these mini ds cartridges.
  • nick-ilic - December 27, 2011 6:23 a.m.

    okay blah blah blah DLC...... whens fire emblem coming out NA that's what a i really want to know.
  • IChooseUAntistaMON - December 27, 2011 4:50 a.m.

    Fire Emblem is Nintendo's best series I had more time in FESS in a week than I did in any other 3ds game
  • xarab4lyfex - December 27, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    This is actually a good idea. I'd love to pay money for more content if it's comin from nintendo. Especially if it's maybe like more tracks and karts and characters for mario kart 7 or new levels for super mario 3D land
  • shawksta - December 26, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    This is could be exciting, Nintendo was always stating how they dont want DLC to be useless crap, as the main concept was to Add more to a game but now, people consider it content in the Disk they want us to pay for. Its possible Nintendo will take the original route of adding more to the games, and considering this is Fire Emblem, a game where multiple characters have Multiple chapter's stories, this can be interesting, who knows, the DLC would probably give us Story for characters we wouldnt expect!
  • dphoenix192 - December 26, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    So are we getting this Fire Emblem in America?

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