Two Nintendo Producers Talk DLC


Not too long ago, Nintendo was one of the few game companies out there that wasn’t doing DLC. This stance was praised by some due to the countless instances of bad DLC in games but was a complaint by others who wanted Nintendo to keep their games alive by expanding on them. This stance however is no more. Over the past few years, Nintendo has been introducing DLC in various different titles. Recently, it seems Nintendo has fully embraced DLC with most of the larger games integrating it as well as the Amiibo’s being used as a form of it.

This, however, doesn’t mean that the quality of the games have gone down though or that Nintendo is skimping out on content in their games. Sakurai addressed this subject for Smash Bros DLC in his latest column in Famitsu:

It’s a huge undertaking to create a fighter, so I think we can’t make them in large quantities. I’d also like to feel refreshed when the project is over. However, since we have decided to tackle [DLC] once, I’d like to offer as much fun [content] as possible. It will take a while from now, but please look forward to it.

We all know Smash Bros is a massive game with a ton of content. Getting new characters is great but with everything that’s already in the game, I could easily play this game alone for months and still keep getting more out of it. To me though, it makes sense that you’d expand the roster of a game like this considering the style of the game and the fact it’s all about playing as characters from all over.

Splatoon is another game Nintendo is looking to do DLC with as well. This is what producer Hisashi Nogami has to say about it:

We can’t go into a lot of detail on that today, but we do have some plans to follow up with content to keep interest in the game post-launch. We on the development team are thinking of the launch as a first step of sorts. We hope to add to that in terms of content, and even to the degree that we’re hoping that this will become a franchise that Nintendo can be proud of.

We have no details on Splatoon‘s DLC but I will say, DLC isn’t unheard of in shooters. New maps, new modes, new weapons; these are all things that do help keep people playing shooters. Of course, this is a new IP and is still unproven but it’s good to hear Nintendo is putting the same effort in it that they’ve given some of their bigger games.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be nickel-and-dimed or have to pay for things that should have been in the game from the get-go. However I don’t mind if a company expands on a game. I’m cautiously optimistic about Nintendo’s DLC push. How do you feel about Nintendo’s recent push for DLC? Are you anti DLC, are you all for it, or are you somewhere between?

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