In an interview with Game.com, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime acknowledged that digital transactions will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS.
“In terms of what the next system update will allow, it will allow developers to sell add-on content, and whether that’s for a physical game or a digitally released game. 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,” said Fils-Aime.
Up until now, only the Nintendo Wii has allowed for micro-transactions, though very few games have used them.
“The digital business on the 3DS is very strong, and it’s not only the gaming content we’re making available through the eShop, but the video content we’re making available through Nintendo Video. So, it’s already a robust environment and the Nintendo 3DS is our most connected device ever, which is great,” continued Fils-Aime.
Asked about whether or not Nintendo would be interested in offering downloadable content for their own games, Fils-Aime said they would be interested in looking into it.
“When we sell a game, we want the consumer to feel that they’ve had a complete experience. 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. That’s what they don’t want to do, and I completely agree. I think the consumer wants to get, for their money, a complete experience, and then we have opportunities to provide more on top of that.”