Paid DLC Comes to Nintendo 3DS, Wii U

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo plans to allow third party developers to offer paid downloadable content on its 3DS and Wii U consoles.

According to Nintendo executive Satoru Iwata, the company not only plans to allow third party developers to offer downloadable content but offer some of its own as well. Iwata emphasised that the content will be of highest quality.

Nintendo has traditionally not offered extra downloadable content for its consoles simply because they don’t come with adequate storage space unlike the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. However, the 3DS comes with a decent amount of storage space and the Wii U is expected to come with adequate storage space as well.

The company will use downloadable in-game content to attract users and retain existing ones to fend off competition from Microsoft and Sony, both of whom are planning to launch their next generation consoles next year.

Iwata mentioned that Nintendo will be ‘selective’ when it comes to offering downloadable content. He said that company was interested in “extending the life of games through added stages and other features that players want”.

His comments came at a meeting with investors, who were a bit agitated after the company cut the prices of its 3DS hand-held 3D gaming console across the globe, revealing that it was suffering from weak sales.