Though Nintendo has made a scant showing of supporting paid digital content on the Wii, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata laid out some of the company’s plans for digital transactions on the Wii U and 3Ds.
According to Iwata, Nintendo is close to rolling out a “paid transaction system” for the 3DS by the end of the year. Though there weren’t any specifics, Iwata described allowing developers to sell additional levels or items to players. However, they’re very concerned with making sure these offerings are valuable.
As Nintendo sees it, selling a bunch of junk would devalue the platform and damage the relationship between the customers and the developers. Because of this, Nintendo will be very selective about who gets access to this system.
Iwata also noted that while 3DS Internet connectivity is well above what they saw with the DS, it’s still not at an acceptable level. They plan to support the 3DS e-Shop until it becomes just as solid as retail for the company.
I can see the seeds of Iwata’s plan in the e-Shop as it exists now. The layout is clean and it’s much easier to find new releases or browse by genre. I even bought a game on the dang thing, and it’s pretty fun too.