Nintendo invested in DLC to ‘promote longer gameplay’

At an earnings presentation today, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirms the company plans to release even more DLC for their games.

In the past, Nintendo have been hesitant to release additional content for their games, but recent season passes for Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, as well as new maps for Splatoon 2 and racers for Mario Kart 8 suggest their philosophy has changed.

The president has also confirmed they will be hosting more in-game events to encourage players to return to their games.

‘To promote longer gameplay for individual software titles, we plan to implement even more downloadable content and events that build excitement for games.’ Says Kimishima.

That statement is reinforced by the major content update for Super Mario Odyssey later this month which adds Luigi to the proceedings in a new game mode. Who knows what else they’ve got cooking up.

The earning’s call has also confirmed that Nintendo Switch’s paid membership equivalent to Xbox Live and PSN will launch this September. While no price was confirmed, rumours have suggested it could be as little as $20 a year.

There will also be a new Mario Kart game for mobile and Illumination, the studio behind the Minions movie, will be working on the new Super Mario Movie with Miyamoto producing it.

 

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