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Animal Crossing 3DS May Use DLC, But Won't Sell Random Items

by Patrick Barnett - April 26, 2012, 8:27 pm PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/120..., (Nintendo)

UPDATE: Iwata dismisses possibility of "gatcha-type" sales of mystery items.

Nintendo is not and will not be in the business of selling mystery "gatcha-type" items as DLC according to CEO Satoru Iwata. As an example, Iwata said that Nintendo would "continue to make efforts to avoid such misunderstandings as, 'the next 'Animal Crossing' might be a game which relies upon add-on content sales.'"

Iwata's comments were made at recent Nintendo's end-of-the-fiscal-year investor meeting in Japan. The CEO was talking about the videogame company's plans to take advantage of DLC and downloadable titles in their 3DS and future Wii U hardware.

Iwata's "gatcha-type" description describes a "capsule toy vending machine business" that is popular in Japan where users purchase small toys via vending machines. Specifically, he was stating that Nintendo was not going to pursue downloadable content sales "which asks consumers to pay money without knowing what kind of item shall emerge as a result of their payment, even if such a business model might temporarily yield high profitability."

A previous Animal Crossing title, Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii, had DLC content as an online feature, but did not involve real money transaction sales in making that DLC available. The 3DS Animal Crossing that Iwata refers to is due out in the fall in Japan, and more details about the full feature set of the game will likely become available as the title nears release.

CORRECTION: The original story reported Iwata's comments that "the next 'Animal Crossing' might be a game which relies upon add-on content sales" without reporting on the full context in which those comments were made.

Thanks to Dcubed for Discovering our editorial mistake

Talkback

FZeroBoyoApril 26, 2012

Maybe the base game will be cheaper than other 3DS games and additional furniture, settings, and clothing can be bought separately? It's entirely feasible.

AdrianwiiApril 26, 2012

Yes!!! The game will now be even more fun!

TJ SpykeApril 26, 2012

Not too surprising, it always seemed fit for DLC. Hopefully it's actual DLC and not just content on the disc that is locked away.

Mop it upApril 26, 2012

The Wii game had DLC, so it's no surprise that this game will too. However, it sounds like you have to pay for it this time, which is bad news.

ThePermApril 26, 2012

if its pay this sounds like a terrible idea, my biggest problem with Animal Crossing is its ability to not evolve much into a much better game then the gamecube version. If the new game is just the same game with pay DLC then it is the worst idea for a game Nintendo's put out.

DcubedApril 26, 2012

Either someone can't read or is having a laugh at what Iwata said...

"Nintendo has never conducted and will never conduct what is now widely known (in Japan) as a “gacha-type charging business” (capsule toy vending machine business), which asks consumers to pay money without knowing what kind of item shall emerge as a result of their payment, even if such a business model might temporarily yield high profitability. Nintendo does not believe such a business model can establish long-lasting relationships with our consumers. We hope that everyone understands our policy, and we will continue to make efforts to avoid such misunderstandings as, “the next ‘Animal Crossing’ might be a game which relies upon add-on content sales.”

He said the exact opposite of what this article is suggesting...

joshnickersonApril 27, 2012

Hell, the Gamecube game technically had DLC if you count the e-Reader...

BeautifulShyApril 27, 2012

Quote from: Dcubed

Either someone can't read or is having a laugh at what Iwata said...

"Nintendo has never conducted and will never conduct what is now widely known (in Japan) as a “gacha-type charging business” (capsule toy vending machine business), which asks consumers to pay money without knowing what kind of item shall emerge as a result of their payment, even if such a business model might temporarily yield high profitability. Nintendo does not believe such a business model can establish long-lasting relationships with our consumers. We hope that everyone understands our policy, and we will continue to make efforts to avoid such misunderstandings as, “the next ‘Animal Crossing’ might be a game which relies upon add-on content sales.”

He said the exact opposite of what this article is suggesting...

This guy deserves a medal for reading the briefing.

NinSageApril 27, 2012

Stuff like this is why I say Nintendo is by far the best in the biz, and why my faith in them has yet to let me down significantly.

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