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Animal Crossing Will Not Have Paid DLC (Thank Goodness!)

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When Nintendo first announced it was going to introduce paid DLC, the upcoming Animal Crossing for the 3DS seemed like a perfect chance to nickel and dime players. Seemed like one, maybe, but it won't be one, says Nintendo.

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In a recent financial Q&A, Nintendo honcho Satoru Iwata talked about paid DLC and Animal Crossing, noting that the power of money could not only impact gameplay, but change it, perhaps even making the experience, as Iwata called it, "unwholesome".

Iwata frequently discussed the issue with the Animal Crossing team, and can now say, "That sort of element [paid DLC] is absolutely not being added."

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Fantastic news for Animal Crossing players, who might have been worried that Nintendo would turn AC into some sort of paid add-on nightmare.

Previously, Iwata told Kotaku that Nintendo didn't want gamers to feel "cheated or deceived" by DLC, adding that the paid experience should add to the experience and not detract from it.

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FrostedMini-Wheats
Frosted Mini-Wheats

Oh man. From the consumer perspective I say: Good on you Nintendo. Thank you for including all the content you make on the cart right out of the box and making my town equivalent to my friend's town. No visiting somebody online and seeing things I don't have access to without additional fees, no new holidays getting invented just so that Nintendo can sell holiday decorations and furniture. Every person who complains about contemporary DLC practices should buy this game to support Nintendo's bold decision not to use it even now that their technology supports the feature.

From the business perspective: Dude, Nintendo. What are you doing? No, seriously. WHAT are you doing? You only release one Animal Crossing game per platform, so you've only got one shot at this. Animal Crossing is the PERFECT game for this new DLC tech you just added to the hardware! If you're worried about hurting the game experience, then fine. Take an extra six or eight or ten months to figure out how to extract the extra post-purchase money without hurting the game. But you've gotta put the DLC shop in there. There has never been a game that structurally or thematically fit the idea of a DLC shop better than Animal Crossing. This is throwing away money.