Sunday, May 21, 2017

Why ARMS is getting free DLC..


The ARMS Nintendo Direct aired, last week, and during the video it had been revealed that DLC will be free well into the life cycle of this new game. Now, this doesn't surprise me at all for one particular reason, and It's something I have formerly stated on a previous response video I did about Splatoon and Breath of the Wild's DLC.


In the video, I had stated that The Zelda series is a tried and tested brand and beloved series that has been around for decades. This is the main reason why it's easier for Nintendo to push a paid DLC business model around the game, for better or for worse.  Splatoon, on the other hand is still a new IP which, at the time, had yet to be tested and find a fanbase. It seems like a no-brainer to release a untested IP with incentives such as a free DLC to both extend the life of the game and to attract new players.

Needless to say, both Splatoon 2 and ARMS will be released this summer, which is usually a down time for game releases, (Most of the major releases happen in Fall to gear up for the Holiday Season) and a boom time for youth and teenagers on summer break who have more free time to spend playing games. Of course us old gaming fogies will enjoy the game regardless,

This seems to be the strategy going forward for games like these, However, It's hard to say that this free model will be used on games like Super Smash Bros, due to it's established nature.  There are a lot of people who spent money on the character and stage bundles for Smash as well as the Amiibos of each of the characters featured in the game. That seems to be easy money that Nintendo may not want to do away with, altogether.

I guess only time will tell..

- I'll see you next bossfight! 

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