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.
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