We’re at the point right now that we expect to see DLC for just about any release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, regardless of whether it’s considered to be a major release or not. Nintendo has been the odd man out in the DLC craze, avoiding offering post-launch DLC for its titles – but it looks like they may be changing their minds.
According to a report by Nikkei (via Kotaku), the Japanese release of Fire Emblem for the Nintendo 3DS will be the very first title on a Nintendo console to have DLC when it launches next March. It isn’t known exactly what the DLC will be, but Nikkei suggests there will be several DLC items available for purchase by way of credit card or pre-paid, and each will cost “several hundred yen.”
DLC on mobile devices tends to be of the sort that aids you in progressing in your game, such as extra in-game cash, extra items and the like, but Nintendo says not to expect that sort of DLC. They didn’t specifically say, but their wording sounds like they plan on offering significant content offerings more in line with their console competitors, rather than going the social gaming route of offering copious amounts of needless microtransactions.
Though Nintendo hasn’t confirmed, it’s likely we’ll start seeing more and more DLC being offered on the Nintendo 3DS throughout next year and beyond. We already know that we can expect to see DLC on Nintendo’s Wii U console, which is also expected to launch next year.
Do you like the idea of DLC on your Nintendo 3DS, or do you typically avoid post-launch content?