There has been quite a bit of backlash after Nintendo announced paid DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Some people have gone as far as claiming that Nintendo has embraced the dark side while others called out Nintendo fans for being supportive of Nintendo's methods, stating that Nintendo fans are basically digging their own grave by letting themselves get screwed over like this. Now you might ask why such people don't spend their energy on calling out the shenanigans that are going on on their platform of choice, and that's a good question. However, this is not what this thread is about, so here are five excellent reasons why Nintendo doing DLC is a good thing.
1. DLC is the only way that high quality games can be made - Let's not beat around the bush here. Development costs have increased and will continue to rise, yet game prices are staying flat. The numbers don't add up, so additional money has to come from somewhere. There is no conceivable way to provide gaming excellence without spending tens of millions on game development.
2. DLC provides us with more Nintendo goodness - We all know this problem: Delays are common for Nintendo games, so we go through periods where we are starving for more Nintendo content and subsequently become prone to console ourselves with third party software. And then we regret it and feel bad about ourselves because we didn't have enough patience to wait for the next Nintendo title. DLC for Nintendo games is the solution.
3. DLC allows us to give Nintendo more money and keep them in business - If you are a regular visitor of video game forums, you've come to expect a monthly (or weekly) "Nintendo should go third party" thread which argues that Nintendo has run out of chances and is on the brink of exiting the hardware business. The common error these people make is that they severely underestimate how much we are willing to throw money at Nintendo. A Switch T-shirt for Link is a good deal.
4. DLC is better than amiibo - There, I said it. For one, DLC comes without a stupid plastic toy. Two, DLC removes more substantial content from games than amiibo, so paying for DLC is worth it while paying for amiibo is not. And three, since DLC is entirely digital, there's no risk that a late-night trip to the toilet ends with stepping barefooted on a figurine that your kid didn't put back on the shelf where it belongs.
5. DLC allows us to claim that Nintendo is keeping up with industry standards - While Nintendo is still lagging behind in offering exclusive preorder bonuses and a selection of five different special editions at launch, the asking price of $2.50 for a single Fire Emblem map is nothing to scoff at. Likewise, Nintendo may still stubbornly subscribe to the notion that games shouldn't get GBs of patches right after launch, but at least on the DLC front we already have a promising future ahead of us.
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