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Fire Emblem: Three Houses puts an end to Nintendo's DLC nonsense

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For those who've paid attention to Nintendo's paid DLC practices that started in 2012 with Fire Emblem's Awakening on the 3DS - the first Nintendo game to feature paid DLC - gamers were treated to a mixed bag, because Nintendo tried various approaches, including:

1. One individual level for a small price. (Fire Emblem series)
2. Multiple levels for a small price.(New Super Mario Bros. 2, Pikmin 3)
3. Options to buy individual DLC pieces in packs with a discount in comparison to purchasing everything individually.(Fire Emblem series)
4. Season passes that included everything. (Hyrule Warriors)

As a general rule, the less content that was in the DLC, the worse the price/value ratio was. Therefore the highest payments offered the best value.

The season pass approach (commonly called expansion pass by Nintendo) has become most prevalent on Switch. There's no good reason to believe that Nintendo acts generously, so it's much more likely that this change was driven by gamers voting with their wallets, i.e. they rather pay a high one-time fee for substantial content than getting small pieces for $/€2-3.

The Fire Emblem series was the most notorious with its garbage DLC, the only bright spot being the Fire Emblem Fates campaigns that went for the price of $/€20 for 25-30 hours of additional gameplay and story (so the same length as the initial campaign that was sold for $/€40). Today Nintendo announced that Fire Emblem: Three Houses will follow their other Switch games and have an expansion pass, this one being sold for $/€25.

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/07/fire_emblem_three_houses_expansion_pass_detailed_now_available_to_pre-purchase

This expansion pass includes everything that was split up into lots of pieces in the three 3DS Fire Emblem games and amounted to about $/€50 of DLC. You can expect the usual maps to farm gold, experience and items, additional quests, new costumes and a self-contained sidestory that spans several chapters (the above link doesn't specify this sidestory, but the eShop page of the game does). The rollout of the DLC will be similar to Xenoblade Chronicles 2, so the small stuff comes first while the sidestory will arrive last (scheduled to release before April 30th 2020).

Good job, Nintendo.



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The only thing I didn’t like about FE Awakening is that you required some of the DLC of repeatable grind levels in order to successfully complete Ultra-super-duper-nuper hard mode on hardcore mode.

They essentially balanced the game for DLC owners. That's a shitty practice. I am not sure if that is fixed by this DLC practice, but I wouldn’t really care because I’ll be getting the expanded version of the game.



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Ugh, I was hoping that this game would have been out before summer so I could really dive into it... but it comes out at the end of July... and I have to go back to work on August 1st...and it doesn’t sound like the support maps dlc will be released immediately... so I will probably hold off playing until then... which means I probably won’t get to really play it until Christmas break because I don’t really have time to play games during the school year... and I don’t like to start games I really like until I have a bunch of free time because I get too distracted... why couldn’t Nintendo have just released this in the spring!



To be perfectly honest, I didn't really have much of a problem with the DLC strategy in Awakening/Fates. Yeah if you're obsessed with getting everything you're gonna have a bad time, but most of the content wasn't that meaningful outside of the AU stories about the kids, who weren't particularly interesting characters anyway. I think I spent about $8 on both, just for the Radiant games fanservice and the Fates prequel story just to make sense of that crazy plot.

Echoes was definitely worse, but still done in the same "salad bar" vein where the story DLC was distinct from the cosmetic and fast-grind stuff, and I didn't feel my experience was lessened by foregoing any of it. Still, $8 for about four hours of side story content was pretty lame.

That being said, having everything in one bundle is much nicer overall, and I'm definitely much more likely to pick up an expansion pass at that price.



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gergroy said:
Ugh, I was hoping that this game would have been out before summer so I could really dive into it... but it comes out at the end of July... and I have to go back to work on August 1st...and it doesn’t sound like the support maps dlc will be released immediately... so I will probably hold off playing until then... which means I probably won’t get to really play it until Christmas break because I don’t really have time to play games during the school year... and I don’t like to start games I really like until I have a bunch of free time because I get too distracted... why couldn’t Nintendo have just released this in the spring!

Mmm ... have you considered grinding your way through in 5 days ?

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Awakening DLC looked terrible so I never even bothered. Only DLC done right by Nintendo in my books was MK8 when you bought the two passes for 20 or whatever.  I believe if you bought MK8 on launch month you got a free download game also.  How I got NSMBU.  Those were the days they were really struggling.



Ive only bought them exp and gold dlcs for both Awakening and Fates. While I bought the special edition of Fates. 

For 3 Houses I will be buying the standard edition and the usual exp and gold dlcs. And I will wait for more info on Wave 2-4 to see if the expansion pass is worth. 

gergroy said:
Ugh, I was hoping that this game would have been out before summer so I could really dive into it... but it comes out at the end of July... and I have to go back to work on August 1st...and it doesn’t sound like the support maps dlc will be released immediately... so I will probably hold off playing until then... which means I probably won’t get to really play it until Christmas break because I don’t really have time to play games during the school year... and I don’t like to start games I really like until I have a bunch of free time because I get too distracted... why couldn’t Nintendo have just released this in the spring!

That is what I thought too. But 2 games are saving me until July 26. 

1. A Auto Chess mode on League of Legends called Teamfight tactics recently released. 

2. I bought Planet Coaster which was 75% discount on Steam. 

Both of this games are keeping me busy and both are very enjoyable. 



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gergroy said:
Ugh, I was hoping that this game would have been out before summer so I could really dive into it... but it comes out at the end of July... and I have to go back to work on August 1st...and it doesn’t sound like the support maps dlc will be released immediately... so I will probably hold off playing until then... which means I probably won’t get to really play it until Christmas break because I don’t really have time to play games during the school year... and I don’t like to start games I really like until I have a bunch of free time because I get too distracted... why couldn’t Nintendo have just released this in the spring!

Switch is portable. Just play during classes.



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RolStoppable said:
gergroy said:
Ugh, I was hoping that this game would have been out before summer so I could really dive into it... but it comes out at the end of July... and I have to go back to work on August 1st...and it doesn’t sound like the support maps dlc will be released immediately... so I will probably hold off playing until then... which means I probably won’t get to really play it until Christmas break because I don’t really have time to play games during the school year... and I don’t like to start games I really like until I have a bunch of free time because I get too distracted... why couldn’t Nintendo have just released this in the spring!

Switch is portable. Just play during classes.

Yeah... sure my students would enjoy that...



gergroy said:
RolStoppable said:

Switch is portable. Just play during classes.

Yeah... sure my students would enjoy that...

Just say you're playing an educational game and laugh in their faces with it

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