Nintendo to add paid 3DS DLC to Fire Emblem

It’s official: Fire Emblem: Kakusei will be the first game on the 3DS to offer paid download content. This is a huge backflip from Nintendo, who has been against the concept of making gamers pay for extra content for years.

It’s not been revealed exactly what will be on offer – new levels have been discussed – but Japanese newspaper The Nikkei reports that players can download additional content for “several hundred yen each time”, using pre-paid cards or directly through a credit card transaction.

Fire Emblem: Kakusei

Fire Emblem: Kakusei, announced in September

Scheduled for launch in Japan in Spring 2012 (so, not long to go now!), Fire Emblem: Kakusei is the latest in the classic RPG series. According to reports, Nintendo is planning further 3DS games featuring microtransactions for release in mid-2012 – and once the billing functionality is sorted out and running smoothly, you can expect to see paid DLC popping up on the Wii U, as well.

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