Nintendo Exploring DLC as a Revenue Option
The Big N is the only major console developer who's download service has no DLC option in-place, with purchases limited almost strictly to full downloadable titles and ports. However, the next system update to the 3DS eShop will apparently allow for these microtransactions, which have people speculating that cash strapped Nintendo may begin adding DLC to their own games. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says in a recent interview that it's a possibility.
"We're interested in it to the extent that it makes sense to the consumer" Reggie told AOL's gamesblog, adding that Nintendo has no interest in selling a game that isn't complete, forcing players to buy DLC for the full experience. "I think the consumer wants to get, for their money, a complete experience, and then we have opportunities to provide more on top of that."
It would definitely be quite odd to have DLC in Nintendo titles, for instance we'd be a bit upset if forced to pay out for additional Zelda dungeons in Skyward Sword. However if entire new side-quests were added... we'd be down with that. Though are we willing to pay out real money for a Fire Flower? No thanks.