Nintendo is a game developer and a console innovator, but they have never been known for its online services. While Xbox 360 and PS3 where running a market for downloadable content, the Wii observed their process. With the newly released Wii U, they plunged into a space where additional content for games post-launch is an expectation.
Nintendo’s director Bill Trinen told Gamespot, “We look at [DLC] from a couple different perspectives. New Super Mario Bros 2 was our first foray into add-on content with the downloadable packs for that game, and we’ll continue to support that. Fire Emblem for the Nintendo 3DS is another game that in Japan has launched and has downloadable content. And we’ll also be bringing that game to North America next year.”
Wii U launched on Sunday two devices: Basic and Deluxe. The Basic version is white and has 8GB of memory, a sensor bar, an adapter, and a HDMI cable. The black Deluxe release sports 32GB of memory, and comes bundled with Nintendo Land, a Gamepad charging cradle and stands for the console and controller.