Nintendo news flowed freely last week after an earnings call with investors. Along with plenty of sales information, Nintendo shared plans for upcoming projects including a Mario Kart mobile title by the end of the next fiscal year, the launch timing for the Nintendo Switch Online paid service, and also plans to create a Super Mario-animated feature film with Universal’s Illumination Entertainment. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the busy news week, there was a small tidbit of information that was overlooked, but one that perhaps fans are expecting — Nintendo is hoping to make greater use of DLC in the future.
Speaking about how the company plans to extend gameplay for future titles, Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima said, “To promote longer gameplay for individual software titles, we plan to implement even more downloadable content and events that build excitement for games.” Given the success of paid downloadable content for titles like Breath of the Wild, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Pokkén Tournament DX, it only makes sense that Nintendo is hoping to utilize add-on content in future games.
With games like Splatoon 2 and ARMS, Nintendo has consistently provided free post-launch content, which has helped to bolster their online communities and promote game sales well after launch. With more free content coming to games like Super Mario Odyssey, it’s hard to deny that Nintendo hasn’t typically taken the same routes as their competitors, offering a glimmer of hope amid a sea of recent DLC backlash.
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