Paid DLC coming to 3DS and Wii U
Nintendo is currently preparing paid item transactions for games on 3DS and Wii U, the system set to be available to 3DS developers by the end of the year. The revelation came on Friday, during a Tokyo earnings briefing chaired by company CEO Satoru Iwata.
Despite this addition, Iwata suggested that Nintendo, while interested in extending the life of a game through additional stages and features, would be more selective in its use of the system in its own products. He cited the examples of unlocking keys and stat increases as low quality paid download content, warning that the damage to customer relations such items would cause far outweighed any short-term profit.
Iwata also took the opportunity to again question the value of free-to-play games, reiterating his belief that such products would devalue Nintendo's premium content.
The announcement comes after last week's disappointing financial results in which Nintendo's revenues slumped by more than 50 per cent, prompting the company to drop 3DS's price after less than six months on sale. Iwata took a self-imposed 50 per cent pay cut following the report's release, which also caused the company's share price to plummet.
Iwata hopes to grow the Nintendo e-Shop transactions by five to ten per cent over current levels during the next three years, and in-game payments will provide greater opportunity to do so. However, during the briefing Iwata also noted that while the 3DS internet connection rate is significantly ahead of the DS, only a fraction of those connected actually download paid content.