Sakurai on How DLC Can be a Scam with Unfinished Games

By Jorge Ba-oh 24.04.2015 4

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Super Smash Bros. producer Masahiro Sakurai feels that developers who churn out DLC are providing an unfinished product at launch.

Sakurai noted how the product, at launch, should be "100% at the time of release, and I would be livid if it were split up and sold in pieces."

He notes how games that provide premium DLC on release, or shortly after, are the "easiest way to make money" for these studios. If players wait too long after release to distribute content, "players will already move onto the next title."

But what about Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U? Nintendo are releasing additional characters and costumes for the game several months post-release, so is he scamming players?

Sakurai feels that the surprise new characters are "part of the fun of Smash" and how there's an anticipation of who'll be joining the ever-expanding roster next. "If we keep distributing content, we can maintain that excitement and I think that's a really great thing," he said.

Do you agree with Sakurai's comments on DLC?

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I do. There is nothing worse than day 1 dlc from a customer perspective as the real price of the game is kept hidden.

The difference between illusion and reality is vague to the one who suffers from the former and questionable for the one suffering form the later.

DLC is fine or even great, even if its developed in advance.

All that maters is if the games good value for what you pay when you buy it. Anything else is optional and extra. 
If they make their game worse by removing parts they risk making it not worth buying at all, but if its still a great game why does it matter? If those extra Mario Kart tracks where developed in advance or not...does it effect us at all? We pay the same and get the same stuff either way.
Of course, thats not to say there isn't scams out there. "pay us money or your virtual dog dies" should be illegal.
Then theres pay to win thats unfair in multiplayer.--

And yes, what he is saying is a bit hippocraticical seeing as how Amiibo are mostly just unlocking stuff. Those NFC chips cant store much data.

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The problem there Sakurai... Is you're charging an extortionate amount for each smash character ya crazy man!

Such hypocrisy , I hate the idea of DLC as well. I've always felt scammed with the idea of DLC and hate that Nintendo are jumping on board. I hated this with fire emblem and Smash. The thing is Ninty are at least (for now) giving us what we are already used to (30 chapters in Fire Emblem and an already huge roster for Smash, 32 tracks on Mario kart) but are then adding to the proposition. Unfortunately I see a dark road for the future of Nintendo games that will eventually take up an EA or Capcom approach. 

The he problem is that people are purchasing the DLC, so from a business decision of course Nintendo are going to sell it at extortionate prices!

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