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I'm with you raptor. I'd like to not really know too much but there are some things I want to know. The main thing I want to know is if they spread the cancer of DLC to AC. Are they willing to shit on one of best series games they have all for a little extra money. I pray to Thor, God, or any mythological beast that they don't shit stain their series with the likes of a company like EA would do to one of their IPs.



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sethnintendo said:

I'm with you raptor. I'd like to not really know too much but there are some things I want to know. The main thing I want to know is if they spread the cancer of DLC to AC. Are they willing to shit on one of best series games they have all for a little extra money. I pray to Thor, God, or any mythological beast that they don't shit stain their series with the likes of a company like EA would do to one of their IPs.

DLC for first party Switch games has been virtually all about expansion passes. A single significant one-time payment ($20, $25 or $30 depending on the game) gets you a notable amount of additional content, individual content purchases are impossible. The only outliers, that I can think of right now, have been Mario+Rabbids and Fire Emblem Warriors, both of which had a season pass as well as the option to buy individual DLC pieces. Another outlier is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where the popularity of the game has caused the introduction of a second fighters pass, but the new fighters still have to be purchased as a package as individual purchases are not possible.

In light of Nintendo's quite consistent DLC strategy for Switch, it would already be surprising if Animal Crossing received multiple smaller DLC packs that go for $5-10 each. EA-type stuff can be safely ruled out. But you should expect an expansion pass that costs $20-30 because a lot of Nintendo's popular Switch games have got one. More often than not, the content of the expansion passes has justified their respective price, so if we go by track record, Animal Crossing should be fine with and without an expansion pass.



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RolStoppable said:

Another outlier is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where the popularity of the game has caused the introduction of a second fighters pass, but the new fighters still have to be purchased as a package as individual purchases are not possible.

You can buy each of the five "challenger packs" included in the first fighters pass seperately. I imagine the second fighters pass will also offer it's six pieces of content as individual purchases too.



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RolStoppable said:
sethnintendo said:

I'm with you raptor. I'd like to not really know too much but there are some things I want to know. The main thing I want to know is if they spread the cancer of DLC to AC. Are they willing to shit on one of best series games they have all for a little extra money. I pray to Thor, God, or any mythological beast that they don't shit stain their series with the likes of a company like EA would do to one of their IPs.

DLC for first party Switch games has been virtually all about expansion passes. A single significant one-time payment ($20, $25 or $30 depending on the game) gets you a notable amount of additional content, individual content purchases are impossible. The only outliers, that I can think of right now, have been Mario+Rabbids and Fire Emblem Warriors, both of which had a season pass as well as the option to buy individual DLC pieces. Another outlier is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where the popularity of the game has caused the introduction of a second fighters pass, but the new fighters still have to be purchased as a package as individual purchases are not possible.

In light of Nintendo's quite consistent DLC strategy for Switch, it would already be surprising if Animal Crossing received multiple smaller DLC packs that go for $5-10 each. EA-type stuff can be safely ruled out. But you should expect an expansion pass that costs $20-30 because a lot of Nintendo's popular Switch games have got one. More often than not, the content of the expansion passes has justified their respective price, so if we go by track record, Animal Crossing should be fine with and without an expansion pass.

Yea I suppose you are right.  Least Nintendo treats DLC like companies used to with computer game expansion packs.  There is actually enough content in pack to warrant purchase.



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Except they did do pointless DLC for NSMB2 and FE: Awakening on the 3DS. I also didn't like that the base game for Mario Golf had very few courses because they held them back for DLC. The base Mario Golf on 3DS was a joke. So there are some examples of bad DLC handling in the past.



sethnintendo said:

I'm with you raptor. I'd like to not really know too much but there are some things I want to know. The main thing I want to know is if they spread the cancer of DLC to AC. Are they willing to shit on one of best series games they have all for a little extra money. I pray to Thor, God, or any mythological beast that they don't shit stain their series with the likes of a company like EA would do to one of their IPs.

Too late for that, amiibo a.k.a. physical dlc already exist in the series, granted it's not as bad as the microtransactions/lootboxes EA uses.

Regardless of whether NH gets DLC or not, the base game will surely be full and complete without DLC. The delay tells me they care about putting out a quality product so I'm confident in saying that.



I don’t see much issue with DLC if any sort. You can either engage with it, or you don’t. Generally I’ve found it improves games tremendously as, rather than buying a whole new special edition version of a game 4-6 years later, you just make a much smaller purchase of DLC content to get the sort of expanded universe version of the game. Generally, I have found it to be a big improvement, and I think it will improve further if Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is any indication.

I have also purchased a number of Amiibos, but have not actually used them for their DLC capabilities =P

Mainly, I wanted certain figurines. I am not really sure how they can be considered “DLC” more so than accessories. Particularly when the content they add is a small perk you get with the figurine in certain games.



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Barkley said:
RolStoppable said:

Another outlier is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where the popularity of the game has caused the introduction of a second fighters pass, but the new fighters still have to be purchased as a package as individual purchases are not possible.

You can buy each of the five "challenger packs" included in the first fighters pass seperately. I imagine the second fighters pass will also offer it's six pieces of content as individual purchases too.

Good to know.

sethnintendo said:
Except they did do pointless DLC for NSMB2 and FE: Awakening on the 3DS. I also didn't like that the base game for Mario Golf had very few courses because they held them back for DLC. The base Mario Golf on 3DS was a joke. So there are some examples of bad DLC handling in the past.

I am aware of all those things, but they have no relevance today because Nintendo has moved away from such DLC approaches. The Fire Emblem series was the worst offender with three 3DS games where only the additional campaigns for Fates were priced appropriately, but Three Houses on Switch uses the expansion pass model. The final verdict for the Three Houses DLC is still pending because its meaty part (an additional self-contained sidestory) releases in mid-February; the extras for the main game (new quests, monastery activities, optional battle maps and costumes) that have all been released in 2019 aren't more than a side dish in the expansion pass package.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club

Yes I believe they changed tactics on DLC approach. Probably didn't make too much money from FE 3DS DLC. I'm guessing they tried that approach due to struggling during Wii U era. Least they realize consumers prefer decent amount content for a reasonable price.