While we can’t agree with Nintendo throwing support behind SOPA, we can support Reggie Fils-Aime opinion on DLC.
Speaking to AOL’s Games Blog, Fils-Aime stated that the mentality of many of Nintendo’s key developers is “when we sell a game, we want the consumer to feel that they’ve had a complete experience.” He went on to say: “Now, in addition, if we want to make other things available, great, and we’ll look at that. But what we’re unwilling to sell a piece of a game upfront and, if you will, force a consumer to buy more later.”
Therefore, Nintendo isn’t unwilling to release digital upgrades or add-ons, it just views them as a way to add on top of an already complete experience. In fact, in the upcoming 3DS system update, developers will be able to sell add-on content through the eShop. Fils-Aime clarifies:
“In terms of how it will work, it’s up to the developer whether they want to make it to buy new levels, new items–all of that is up to their imagination. Essentially, what we’re doing is creating the framework for those transactions to happen.”
Maybe the 3DS eShop will turn into a childish version of the Mann Co. Store, where you can buy new recipes for Cooking Mama, or new cars and outfits for Mario Kart. Or new outfits for JAWS: Ultimate Predator.