Wii U, 3DS games getting paid DLC

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says portable's eShop will support add-on content this year; focus will be on substantive releases.

Given that the 3DS will have been marked down to just $170 in the US by August 12, Nintendo's portable is likely to have a far larger installed base than it otherwise would have this holiday season. And while that's definitely good for games due out later this year, like Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, it also coincides with Nintendo's latest push into the online space.

If Iwata has a say on the matter, horse armor will not be for sale in the eShop.

In a call with analysts following Nintendo's turbulent first-quarter earnings report, president Satoru Iwata said that the 3DS's eShop will support paid downloads for virtual goods by year's end. As translated by Andria Sang (and confirmed by GameSpot), Iwata said that similar functionality will also be available through the Wii U's online platform when that system launches next year.

Currently, the 3DS supports paid downloads for full games, such as those in the 3D Classics store. However, through conversations with design head Shigeru Miyamoto, Iwata said that there is an interest in providing new levels and features beyond the core packaged game.

Iwata stressed that it would be unwise for Nintendo to pursue paid downloadable content of the ticky-tacky variety, such as stat increases. Selling this type of content, he said, could increase short-term sales, but it would damage the long-term relationship Nintendo has with its customers. However, Iwata left open the window of other publishers releasing minor add-ons for their games.

The Nintendo executive also said that his company does not plan to pursue the free-to-play model, where developers release a game for free and monetize it through microtransactions. This type of business model, he said, would be a disservice to Nintendo's content.

Lastly, Iwata remarked that Nintendo intends to dramatically increase its presence in digital content over the next three years. He expressed a hope to grow Nintendo's digital business by more than 10 percent, saying also that he hopes to remove gamers' hesitation over buying virtual goods.

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Xevnest24
Xevnest24

DLC I'd love to see from Nintendo in the future: -Sidequests/ Dungeons for Ocarina of Time 3D (or future 3DS/ WII U Zelda titles) -Missions, Levels, Multiplayer maps for Star Fox 64 3D -Worlds, Levels for Super Mario 3D Land -Tracks, Characters, Kart customization parts for Mario Kart 7 -Characters, Stages, Event Matches and Stadium Events for the next Smash Bros. Aww man, this is old news but I'm geeking out right now... I just really hope they don't hack out content that should've been in the original game, and dangle it in front of your face for more money.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@nate1222 Sorry, man, but the GBA games are only available to those who register their 3DS before August 11, which means you have to buy the $250.00 3DS to qualify for those games. The NES games, however, you can buy later on.

JollyGreenOne
JollyGreenOne

"If Iwata has a say on the matter, horse armor will not be for sale in the eShop." ...*Next years headline*... "The Legend of Zelda: 3 Dark Spirits gets horse armor DLC" :P

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

"If Iwata has a say on the matter, horse armor will not be for sale in the eShop." That's good,because if my horse can't pay for his own armor,he's going in his birthday suit.

nate1222
nate1222

Now that the 3DS is reasonably priced ($170 US dollars) and has some GBA goodies coming to download, it's on my "get" list.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ Kenshin0011 : I agree,the new remote will still be impressive,but that isn't the reason I am buying it...same reason (why I bought) for 3ds,I didn't buy it just for glasses-free 3d,that was towards the bottom of my list,I bought it for improved graphics,improved horsepower,and an impressive future game-lineup.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ Kenshin0011 Too bad most people can't seem to think logically.They toss around basically meaningless words like "core,casual,hater,fanboy."Even things like "gamer" and "AAA" are losing their meaning the way people blindly devote themselves to franchises and companies.

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

I don't think people realize that in reality, the WiiU's biggest promise for success isn't its new controller. Now it's cool and all, but what will allow this system to succeed both by # of consoles sold AND by overall popularity will be its ability to provide HD 1080p graphics that are a bit better than PS3/360. This simple fact ensures it having ultimate 3rd party support, meaning we're gonna see full versions of across the board, blockbuster games such as COD, AC, Batman, Ninja Gaiden, etc, etc. PLUS it's going to have its several, smash hit Nintendo games. All that combined with a controller that functions both normally (dual analog, 2 triggers, etc) and/or in a "Nintendo Way" (touch screen, motion effects, etc.) will most likely ENSURE the victory of the system. (and btw, I'm no fanboy, i only personally own a ps3, PC, and 3DS. I just see and analyze things for what they are logically in the market, it's pretty fun!)

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ blovtom : New ip's hmm.... Nintendo doesn't have to feel obligated to crank out countless ip's that are forgotten over time.They focus on making a couple EXCELLENT 1st party ip's that have been popular and used for over 20 years...not ip's that are not even 5 years old hardly and will more than likely not be remembered 5 years from now.Ratchet and Clank is just about sony's only ip that has made it a considerable amount of time without dying out and getting even within a hundred yard range of Nintendo's ip record.Nintendo makes ip's that last and don't lose quality over time..how many times do you hear the majority of reviews negative to any of Nintendo's firsty Party ip's? As I said...Nintendo doesn't have to crank out countless ip's that will be left behind with each system,they make good ip's that have lasted as long as Nintendo itself has lasted.If Sony knew what they were doing then they WOULDN'T have to crank out so many new ip's,if just mass producing of ip's means quality then I suppose we would all be ranting and raving about how great shovelware is hmm? NONE of Sony's first party ip's have been as popular,long-lasting,or highly acclaimed as nintendo's.(Ratchet and Clank and Sly Cooper as almost the only exceptions).

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@blovtom I simply stated that no game console caters more to the mature they are all toys (there are a few games that actually aim for a mature audience). I called you a Sony fanboy because you some how liked their welcome back program that was pretty sad considering they made no improvements to the psn(other than security) and gave out 5 cheap games. In all honesty LBP was the best of the 5(even if I didn't like it) it was at least well developed unlike inFamous that looked half finished and played liked it. Also you have yet to list a FPS you like so I dont know what you're talking about there but if FPS are your idea of mature say high to the screaming kids for me. Personally my favorite genre is third person shooters but that's only because RE4(Wii), Warhawk(ps3 online multiplayer only), and MGS4(ps3) if you can get through the incredibly long load times. You know why I insult the games you brought up? They dont have any difficulty to them their AI is on par with RE4 a game from last generation and that's just sad. The reason games started getting easier is because the so called core audience cries when ever a company releases a long difficult game and abandons it. The only way for a game to get recognized any more is for it to be watered down with things like perks for higher ranks in online games and average AI. Great examples being AC and CoD.

blovtom
blovtom

@arabrockermanx haha well if you consider those games thrash, thats your opinion which you entitled too, the personal shots even funnier, im a sony fanboy now? how so because i dont want to play pokemon? or another platformer like mario.. i like fps games, does that make me a fanboy? do you think nintendo can fufill those needs successfully. apart from metroid what does nintendo have to offer me in my love for this genre? I play what i like and what is fun for me and sony has been fulfilling that need. i dont give a :):) whether you call me a "core" or "true," casual or whatever nonsense you people use to classify others...At the end of the day if you really want to sit here and argue that nintendo is catering more to mature gamers than sony or microsoft, (which was my only point regardless of what other :):) you tried to drag into this), then thats your perogative. i will say this how many NEW successful ips has nintendo made in the past 5 - 10 years? hmm? zelda mario pokemon? all old hmm? pikmin? thats it? what about microsoft who joined the game late? halo, gears of war, etc matter of fact just check the link and see how far behind nintendo is on NEW ip http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_games_exclusives_(seventh_generation)

Hail23
Hail23

@ArabrockermanX you have earned my respect! :D

Hail23
Hail23

Things will diffidently get interesting in the world of gaming.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@blovtom What about Sony's release of old GoW titles? Also OoT on GC was part of promotions not a retail item. Did you seriously just say sony gave out in-depth games with their welcome back program? They gave out LBP(a true kiddy game), inFamous(this game was trash), Dead Nation(lol), and the other two aren't even worth mention with how pathetic they were. I would rather replay some old game rather than waste time on those 5... I guess 2 if you didn't have more than 1 account. Im glad Sony gave away inFamous though because it warned me not to get the 2nd one. You're one sad Sony fanboy to come here and try bragging about that lame excuse of a welcome back program. You talk about games like there is such a thing as a mature game. Also please tell me whats so great about Uncharted? Its another shooter I played for a month then never came back to the AI was nothing impressive the game its self was actually rather easy and I prefer online shooters that dont reward higher ranking players with cheap perks but require over 100 hours to become average and even more than that to become good (like WH ps3). Unfortunately every time there is a game like this it fails because the so called core gamers cry about it being to hard or long when in reality thats what a true gamer craves.

zequex
zequex

I for one have ALWAYS wanted to see DLC from Nintendo. Adding tracks and karts to Mario Kart or new downloadable characters for Smash Bros. Maybe we'll see a Pokemon game that will actually add new pokemon into the world that weren't in the original release. Nintendo games have always been knows for their longevity even without DLC. Being able to expand them even further would stretch the game out significantly. I don't like to spend on DLC but if they came out with something like that, it might be worth it.

Henninger
Henninger

Nintendo if u think i'll pay 4 any DLC on a handheld system ur buggin.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Nintendo would be wise to listen to Iwata. It is good that Nintendo is trying to figure out the on-line part of the Wii U. Just get rid of the friend codes and make on-line multiplayer "combat". As easily as it is on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Make the Nintendo games support drop in drop out co-operative play. Any make any DLC "meaningful" That is one of the areas that the Wii U has to have in order to succeed. Decent on-line capabilties, thus far Nintendo has not been really been able to do. 1. Contract the on-line service out Nintendo. 2. Have the Wii U have the option to be able to use an HDD. 8GB of flash memory is not going to wash in the 8th generation.

blovtom
blovtom

@arabrockermanx those rehashes you speak of god of war 3, etc are not rehashes... they are sequels. nintendo released ocarina of time for n64, gamecube now 3ds not a sequel the same game! and at least the stuff the other companies are releasing are from this generation, not like 15 years ago. and the 20 games that nintendo gave away, its not their fault that i already played and beat more than half of them because people this generation havent, but sony gave out indepth games with their welcome back program from this generation... albeit it was two games but they made me pick up lbp2 and infamous 2. with the games nintendo gave away, they are not going to change anybodies mind, if you like mario you like mario, if you dont, playing the 15 year old version of it is not going to change your mind. all i am asking from nintendo is from more 1st party support with titles on par with god of war, uncharted mass effect you know? they can still make their other titles but i cant believe i am the only ex nintendo fan that grew out of playing family friendly titles like pokemon..

atopp399
atopp399

This is good for the people who support paid DLC. They will not get a dime from me though.

crownedge
crownedge

I hope they add evil ryu and the other new characters in street fighter 4 as DLC

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

I want RE Mercenaries DLC characters

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

''The Nintendo executive also said that his company does not plan to pursue the free-to-play model, where developers release a game for free and monetize it through microtransactions. This type of business model, he said, would be a disservice to Nintendo's content.'' Some companies could learn a lot from Nintendo in this statement, way to go big N hats off to you!

mikeyvp87
mikeyvp87

Only Nintendo would get a feature story for doing things their competitors have been doing for 5 years. HD, DLC, online suite, all features Nintendo gets credit for adding years after their competitors. Apple really is a lot like Nintendo.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ dstv : boy,you do know if it weren't for Nintendo, games more than likely would not exist today (besides in arcades)? (If it were not for a:attempt at cd compatibility for their early console (which more than likely brought sony in) and b: their success (which brought others into the console wars after seing nintendo being so successful) not to mention the TONS of principles and ideas Nintendo brought in with the Super NES like peripherals,the first stab at motion control,multi-player,mouse (in with system),and most importantly brought mode7 into the picture (a graphics trick used with games like F-Zero and Pilotwings to add almos 3d effects,which inspired polygonal gaming),and Nintendo still even paves the road in modern gaming with the likes of motion controls,the first (successful) use of touch screen...you can call Nintendo many things..but ''Late to the Party is not one of them. (they ''set up the party'' to begin with,).

vallan2
vallan2

Glad to see that Ninty's a little more skeptical about jumping on the DLC bandwagon. Unlike most companies that are foaming at the mouth to chop up games, they at least want their games to be whole...for a while. We will see how long they can hold out for.

penpusher
penpusher

@CamoBullo the "DLC on pokemon games have never been downloadable contents, they're already on the game you just connect to the nintendo servers and unlock it

penpusher
penpusher

@Chico_Azteca sorry but whats wrong with more companies publishing game son the wii u and 3DS?

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

that means super street fighter 4 3d would become an arcade version thru dlc not bad at all!

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

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Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ falconclan Amen. Unfortunately no one here will ever get that,and the next round of console wars will lead to fanboys and haters spilling each other's blood across the earth.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Very very good.Get out there and join the online world,Nintendo! As long as this is significant DLC,I will pay for it.As they said,no ticky-tacky stuff like we're frequently plagued with on XboxLive or PSN(usually through 3rd parties,but still.)

Aravesque
Aravesque

does this mean pokemon Grey will be for 3ds and have the other regions as DLC? cause if that's the case SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

prepare for true DLC (disk locked content) as in resident evil 5 and other capcom games

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

sadly this will make more companies publish their games on Wii U/3DS but this might mean also a complete online experience on Wii U so...

leeko_link
leeko_link

Release Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 for 3DS VC and make all the e-Reader levels and power-ups (super cape, veggies, boomerang, etc.) available as free DLC as well as adding new ones.

taddia
taddia

@CamoBullo: That's not completely exact, The events in pokemon games are allready inside the cartridge (as proofed by the fact u can play such events earlier with the use of hacking devices), online u just download the "pass" that lets u play that specific event. You just unlock em, which isn't really a true download content to be honest. I agree with the rest of what u said anyway ^_^

taddia
taddia

Knowing nintendo, they will release dlc for a game that will allrdy completely fill the game cart/disc. IN example: Mario galaxy 1 was released without gaming ideas left out due to dvd space. So many ideas likely to fit a complete new game, and that was mario galaxy 2. With dlc, they could just have released the new idea in a digital form, and the game would've expanded without the need of a sequel. I think nintendo will work with dlc this way, a respecful way for customers. AT LEAST this is what i hope >.

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

I really don't see why people are complaining about this - good for Nintendo, if you think you haven't gotten enough out of your game, there will be DLC for it. As such, I'm particularly interested if they make DLC for Super Mario 3D Land. Also, if some people haven't noticed, they aren't "late" - all the events in the Pokemon games are basically DLC.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

now all nintendo is missing is more third party games and games that don't repeat a formula;

PsiPhiTy1
PsiPhiTy1

regarding selling dlc; it's like small potatoe chip bags vs large ones or any other retail product, when sold in smaller quantities it costs more but people will accept it and buy more quickly. What they need are new exciting IPs. But what's the sense at this point they have little to sell that's not old rehash, jsut check store shelves or eshop... few 3rd parties are behind this, I did not say NONE are. I believe I have triple of everything from each system at this point and I don't even play those anymore. By example: Free petrol won't excite anyone in an oil selling nation... They offer nothing I don't already have. An optional two 3ds games would have been nice... or a refund...partial of course...

kon_freak
kon_freak

Why you can put the dlc inside the disc? I hate publisher selling dlc online :( It's better if there are additional secret and achievement hunting for free inside the disc we already buy

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ superbuuman : That is mighty odd a ''Nintendo Fan'' having such blind hatred of Nintendo with no facts at all,and every ninteendo fan says ''Nintendo doesn't care about their customers! They care about $$$$'' right?.For every 3rd party title that has been put on hold or cancelled there are 4 in its place.Already titles like Tekken 3ds,Cave Story,Final Fantasy,Resident Evil Revelations,Rayman Origins,Metal Gear Solid,Fractured Soul 3d,Driver Renegade,a yet-to-be named batman title,Need for Speed: The Run,there are far more titles still on track for 3ds release than cancelled.The 3ds won't have nearly as bad a future and some want it to and would have you believe.

falconclan
falconclan

@nini200 @petertechguy What is it with gamers arguing about what gamers are? Do you care so much about your image as a nerd you go on the internet to try and get cred or whatever it is you are after? It's always been something about gamespot, and that's why I rarely visit any more. I think nini was being mostly mocking, but then I read the true gamer, a term I've always been fond of in that it sounds like something almost angelic. The epitome of gamer. Its all really quite stupid. Just play what you want to play and stop caring about people liking what you don't like.

PeterTechGuy
PeterTechGuy

@nini200 Your definition of gamer is so wrong. Casual Gamers Most of us lie here, we don't play to win, we play to enjoy, the journey is the prize. Most of these Gamers play latest Games like Crysis, Bioshock, CoD etc. Competitive Gamers These are the ones who have sudden jolts of Competitive primal instincts. One day they are on Couch with chips & the next day they are online with their online opponents PWNING them. They live normal lives but the Animal within comes out at Night. These gamers are nocturnal species who Play to Win at night. During the day they look like Clark Kent (Casuals). Most of these Gamers play games like CS, CZ, CSS, UT series. also HL2 or TF2 for a change. Professional Gamers Professional Gamers already have achieved the Nirvana. They know everything. They know the machine they want. They are like David Beckham. They Play, they endorse, they earn. Gaming is their life. Wannabe Gamers a.k.a n00bs a.k.a Addicts! This is the emerging breed of Gamers who are just wasting their time. They got no talent to even quality the WCG rounds. They just buy Latest Computer with best GFX to play Counter-strike (lol). They play in College mostly. These are the breed which Drives the Sales of Razer Inc. . There are also some who play tooo much, tooo n00b or too goood. Oh btw.. Some of them are Talented but they ain't winning Tournaments anytime soon. These Gamers call themselves G@M3RS! meaning they have their Cool Nicknames.

Flint247
Flint247

Just as long as developers don't abuse DLC (*coughactivisioncough*), I am fine with this. I hope Mario Kart 7 gets DLC. New tracks, karts, and other stuff would be nice once the game gets old.

erik92133
erik92133

Nintendo show us your moves you are the best!!!

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

@dstv they invented gaming son...show some respect. they will invent 1080P true HD gaming in 2012.

nini200
nini200

now, dlc is good as long as its not stuff like $3 outfits which should be in anyway from just beating the game or other means. Extra Stages, Characters, weapons, armor parts, cars, powers and things of that nature are nice additions. As long as you as a consumer remember this one important rule: NOONE IS FORCING YOU TO BUY DLC! So if its something you dont like, dont complain about it, just don't buy it and move on.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

let's see how this goes for what i can see they don't want to go Capcom way

nini200
nini200

There is a divide in gamer now: Casual Gamer: One who plays simplistic games that offer quick fun in short spurts. One that doesnt mind games that arent hype machines. Hardcore Gamer: One who plays easy but long games that only have characters that personify the dark and supposedly cool type. One that buys games because its what everybody has or whats being hyped. One that wants lots of rewards for doing nothing. True Gamer: One who plays anything. Who enjoys a real challenge aka megaman 1, 2 & 3, mario lost levels without warps esque. One that actually plays games because the game is actually good, not because of a rating or graphics.