Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently spoke at an investor Q&A last week and has hinted paid DLC coming to Super Mario 3D Land. He spoke on strategies to prolong the shelf life of games post launch.
Nintendo has offered post launch DLCs before but has never charged for them but are currently heading into the direction of paid DLCs with Theathrhythm: Final Fantasy being the first game getting it.
“What if we could provide add-on content through the network? As I referred to before, for example, this is the idea of supplying new stages to Super Mario users who want to play the game more but have completed the game and lost interest in the existing stages.”
“This will not only give us new profits but will lengthen the life of a product, in that it will never be out of fashion and can keep attracting public attention as long as many people play it.”
Nintendo has also announced their Nintendo Network, aimed at providing a digital platform for players to access digital content and to communicate with one another.