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President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata on DLC

With the recent move to add additional content to Mario Kart 8, President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata clarifies the company’s policy on DLC.

There’s been a lot of discussion online as of late pertaining to Nintendo‘s approach to DLC. Many have wondered how exactly they’ll implement downloadable content going forward. So far it’s been very tame, with the occasional game like New Super Mario Bros U receiving new levels, characters, etc. and for a decent price at that. Sure, we do have software like Fire Emblem Awakening, in which Nintendo released a bevvy of additional maps, items, and characters; but for the most part the company has kept a safe distance from DLC-practice.

Iwata has declared that Nintendo will not deliver deceptive DLC. In other words they will abstain from particularly nasty methods, like locking content that is already on the disc, or developing incomplete software. This is a responsible administration of downloadable content, and arguably should be an industry standard. Unfortunately, the advent of digital distribution has brought with it some evils that occur all too often. It would be ideal if Nintendo could stoke a revolution that alters the way corporations maintain their distribution of digital expansions.

Source: Playeressence

About Christopher Deleanides

Well, my name's Christopher Deleanides as you all know and I'm the Nintendo Editor here at BG. I've been playing video games since 1992, and I've been a Nintendo fan the entirety of those years. My love for video games as well as Nintendo hasn't changed, and probably never will. The only thing that comes close is politics, as I'm very deeply involved in both local and international issues.

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  1. That’d be great, but the gravy train that is DLC is way too much of a lure for most companies IMO. Still though, good on Nintendo for actually holding themselves responsible for what they’ll be selling.

  2. Christopher Deleanides

    At the very least my hope is that perhaps they can influence other corporations that into offering more fulfilling DLC, and or not withholding content on disc.

    It’s a faint hope though, I suspect not much will change. As you said though, it’s great Nintendo is making it clear they don’t intend to pull any shenanigans.

  3. It does seem like the ‘on the disc’ stuff has been put to rest, thank God. At least there’s that.

  4. Christopher Deleanides

    Yeah, probably because a whole lot of people figured out it was a real racket. I wonder how long devs were thinking they could get away with it.

  5. iwata exposing bitches and making plays. 

    We bringing gaming back! That’s all there is to it. I’m sorry but I’m backing the side that is about the content and the fun! I can’t stand having to budget my money cause some developer is holding my game content hostage. Keep it, that shit is for the birds.

  6. iwata exposing bitches and making plays. 
    DLC is way better on the U, greedy devs all they want is money for nothing and poor quality games, Titan Fall was missing a first person campaign and still it was sold for full price it should been no more than $20 that’s the usual you pay for an online game what a ripoff.

    We bringing gaming back! That’s all there is to it. I’m sorry but I’m backing the side that is about the content and the fun! I can’t stand having to budget my money cause some developer is holding my game content hostage. Keep it, that shit is for the birds.

  7. Christopher Deleanides

    Hey, it’s you! Gosh I forgot the name of the website, but I do remember briefly seeing you in a comment section elsewhere.

  8. I actually didn’t pick up Titanfall (and I though it looked great) solely because there was no single-player campaign. Not a fan of the multi-only thing.

  9. Christopher Deleanides

    I was tempted at first, but backed away from Titanfall in the end. That’s a real shame it didn’t have first player. Games really should give the player that option, because the servers aren’t going to be up forever.

  10. The wiiU is a great console. It’s INNOVATION that stir up creativity. The third party developers are too lazy or NON-imaginative. They cannot come up with ways to EFFECTIVELY utilize Nintendos Hardware. They would rather take the easy road and cater to the other console’s power for better graphics. Better Cosmedics DOESNT translate to better gameplay though. It’s a fact, we all know that Nintendo always has the best 1st party games out of the other consoles and all the popular third party are on the WiiU so its Ok. it is the ps4 who is missing out on all the Nintendo Fun plus now the WiiUs library is groiwing big enough that we can say it offers Awesome games to people of all ages

  11. Christopher Deleanides

    I definitely think that Nintendo should stick to their guns, and not count on some of the more unenthusiastic third parties to sell their consoles. In fact I’ve been saying this for a while now, that companies such as Konami seem to have no intention of returning to Nintendo, so it’s best to just forget about them.

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