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Nintendo developing DLC support for 3DS and Wii U

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Drastic pay cuts and 3DS apologies weren't the only news to come from Nintendo's recent sitdown with investors. According to Andriasang, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told shareholders the company has taken a renewed interest in digital sales, and that it plans to develop paid transaction systems for both the 3DS and Wii U.

Iwata revealed Nintendo's DLC direction during a Q&A session following its earnings briefing with investors in Tokyo last Friday. He insisted digital sales would not overshadow packaged software, but instead compliment Nintendo's products and become another pillar of the company's overall strategy over the next three years. That said, Iwata said both he and Shigeru Miyamoto were interested in DLC that could potential extend the shelf life of its games through added levels and features, but that Nintendo would avoid creating cheaper, less meaningful DLC (i.e., character perks) for its first party titles.

Further to rolling out DLC systems, Iwata added Nintendo would be working on turning the eShop into a larger entity, and making full use of the 3DS internet capabilities. What he won't do, however, is pursue free-to-play opportunities with premier content, adding that particular business model would, in his opinion, be toxic to the Nintendo brand.

The ability to release paid digital content for the 3DS will be available to developers by the end of 2011, with similar options for the Wii U to be ready upon its launch.

Aug 1, 2011

Source: Andriasang 

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17 comments

  • UsernameLoser - August 2, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    @shawksta I'm not trying to troll, and I'm being sarcastic, not serious about the dlc shit.
  • Nikku7 - August 1, 2011 8:05 p.m.

    These are some of the more entertaining comments I've read in a while. I look forward to seeing what Nintendo comes up with, be it good or bad.
  • iamawesome27 - August 1, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    Well, now it's official: free-to-play=Satan.
  • statutoryreparez - August 1, 2011 6:26 p.m.

    All i can say is its about damn time
  • shawksta - August 1, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    @UsernameLoser It says that they were INTERESTED in doing DLC, not that he "discovered what dlc is" they were planning before but they cant due to the wii and ds being low on hardware. the wii u and 3ds are perfect for it. Read before posting retarted things.
  • crknnuts - August 1, 2011 5:53 p.m.

    Yes HDDs are cheap....just not proprietary ones....DOH!
  • moonboystrikesback - August 1, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    If Nintendo is planning on supporting DLC for their own games as well as third-party titles on the Wii U, they'll have to put hard drives of some substantial capacity in the system. Or do they expect people to buy external hard drives for this? HDDs are dirt-cheap these days, but still.
  • shawksta - August 1, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    @Usernameloser Do you know how much of a retard you sound like? Your trolling is pathetic
  • shawksta - August 1, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    DLC with nintendo games sound awesome, especially since they said they dont want to overhaul it for useless crap that i see in the other two systems! Smart move, it could be toxic to them. I love the hate, its ironic considering you guys were bitching about nintendo not having it. Nintendos slowely making themelves better, you people shouldnt be throwing them off, their the only ones who admit their mistakes to the public and are trying to fix themselves, instead of hiding it.
  • db1331 - August 1, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    "retarded casuals without PS3s and 360s" Pot, meet kettle.
  • rockbottom - August 1, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    Is the lack of paid DLC really why people are staying away from the 3DS in droves? Er, no. They really have bigger problems to fix right now.
  • UsernameLoser - August 1, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    @markeywo Iwata just learned what dlc was and is coming up with a plan to steal money from the innocent casuals, what so contradicted about that?
  • markeywo - August 1, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    @UsernameLoser You just contradicted yourself dipshit. One moment you say there not trying to innovative (which they're not) and then you go on about them thinking its the next big thing. People like you are why I don't go on gamesradar that much anymore.
  • UsernameLoser - August 1, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    Ok, can someone help me? I accidentally right-clicked and did something and now everything is close up, and I think I'm supposed to right click and it should say "zoom out" or something but there isn't.
  • SirNinja - August 1, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    IF they do it right, this could be interesting, and might even turn things around for them in the long run. But given Nintendo's online track record, that's a *very* big "if".
  • UsernameLoser - August 1, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Sounds like they're no longer being "innovative". Iwata: "DLC? WOW! I never heard of this before! Let's do it! But let's call it something different so the retarded casuals without PS3s and 360s will buy extra turds to add to our shit because it sounds innovative!"
  • Errrrbo - August 1, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Given Nintendo's track record with online, I'm sure it'll be some ridiculous process.

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