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Report: Fire Emblem 3DS will be first Nintendo game to support DLC

Nintendo's long-promised foray into downloadable content won't begin until next year, with the release of a new Fire Emblem game for the 3DS.

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Were you expecting to download new tracks for Mario Kart 7? Perhaps you wanted to jump through more levels in Super Mario 3D Land? It appears Nintendo has other plans. Nintendo's long-promised foray into downloadable content won't begin until next year, with the release of a new Fire Emblem game for the 3DS.

Unfortunately, additional details on what the game's DLC will entail were not disclosed.

Earlier this year, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that "We're unwilling to sell a piece of a game upfront and, if you will, force a consumer to buy more later. That's what they don't want to do, and I completely agree. 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."

"When we sell a game, we want the consumer to feel that they've had a complete experience," Fils-Aime added, contrasting recent efforts of publishers to restrict content behind DLC.

According to a report in Nikkei (via Andriasang), third parties will also begin introducing games with DLC functionality in the summer.

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    December 27, 2011 10:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Report: Fire Emblem 3DS will be first Nintendo game to support DLC.

    Nintendo's long-promised foray into downloadable content won't begin until next year, with the release of a new Fire Emblem game for the 3DS.

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      December 27, 2011 10:05 AM

      Great, now I'll have to start the game over again after managing to keep everyone alive to the end to get all the story possible with a new person that gets added 2 months down the line WHY CAN'T I QUIT YOU!?

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      December 27, 2011 11:46 AM

      gotta say, completely disagree with reggie. i never bought a game that supported dlc that felt incomplete, or left me feeling like i missed out. im not saying its always a good thing, but way too narrow minded on nintendo's part... but what else do you expect?

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        December 27, 2011 1:25 PM

        He's not saying that at all, herp derp. He's saying that they will ONLY release high quality dlc that's actual new, good content, rather than "We made this prerelease but let's hold onto it so we can sell it to get more money postrelease" or "this is actually on the disc, but you have to pay to unlock it", or "we added one new weapon that's slightly cool. That'll be £5". That's not narrow minded at all, that's just them not being dicks like most other companies.

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          December 27, 2011 1:50 PM

          Sort of the expansion packs of yesteryear in digital form.

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          December 27, 2011 3:18 PM

          idk, it seems to me that he is, without specifying, calling out other games or publishers for handling dlc poorly, and i can't blame him there. all of those things you mentioned are pretty weak. but obviously there is great dlc out there and yet he makes it sound like there isn't. that why i think it's narrow minded, it's too cautious. it's unfortunately noncommittal.

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      December 27, 2011 11:49 AM

      also, fire emblem is cool and all, but im waiting for my 3ds advance wars 3d strike or whatever the hell they're gonna call it.

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      December 28, 2011 3:26 AM

      This isn't nintendo 3ds' first DLC. Zen Pinball are releasing new pinball tables before this.

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        December 28, 2011 6:23 AM

        Zen Pinball isn't a Nintendo game. That's third-party.

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