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DLC would ‘ruin’ Pokémon games

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Look at any big game today, and you’ll notice that it has something attached to it like a conjoined foetus twin: DLC. Sometimes, that extra bit of DNA can be cut off, stuck in a jar and marvelled at. Other times, it’s better to forget about it and keep it as a dirty family secret. Pokémon however, doesn’t have to worry about any scarring on the side of that popular franchise.

Right from the start of the franchise, the crew behind Pokémon games have always been opposed to adding DLC to their core titles. “When it comes to business, the one thing I’ve always said ‘no!’ to is ‘the act of buying Pokémon with money,’” art director Ken Sugimori said in an interview that was translated by Siliconera.

That is something that has been said since the days [creator Satoshi] Tajiri was completely involved in everything.

The reason being, is because it’s one of things that could ‘ruin the worldview’ of Pokémon. I believe the reason we don’t simply commercialize [Pokémon], is that it’s a way of protecting the brand, and for this purpose, we have the specialty company called The Pokémon Company.

Therefore, suppose we sell a Pokémon for 100 yen, then we must prepare something that is worthy of that 100 yen, along with a reasonable consent for doing so.

And right now, Pokémon X and Y doesn’t even need to take the DLC route. It’s sold phenomenally well so far, and you can bet your Absol that the Pokémon Company has more games on the way that are going to take advantage of the latest generation of critters.

Clearly, someone knows what they’re doing.

Last Updated: October 23, 2013

17 Comments

  1. DLC has that ability.
    On a different note: Where’s Rince, he has one comment left before 10k?

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      October 23, 2013 at 08:10

      We’ve banned his account, so he’ll be stuck on 9999 forever.

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      • John's Steaming backlog

        October 23, 2013 at 08:12

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        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 23, 2013 at 08:40

          Heh, I see you came out of your corner masterfully!

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          • John's Steaming backlog

            October 23, 2013 at 08:48

            Had time to think about what I did and said.

      • Admiral Chief Ninja

        October 23, 2013 at 08:30

        Please see John’s perfect picture below to sum up my comment

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      • Anon A Mouse

        October 23, 2013 at 08:41

        Rince’s face maybe?

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  2. Umar heartless

    October 23, 2013 at 07:54

    Finally … someone UNDERSTANDS DLC …. that’s the way to go!

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    • John's Steaming backlog

      October 23, 2013 at 07:58

      What are the chances the other guys are going to follow this idea?

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      • Umar heartless

        October 23, 2013 at 08:06

        Trying to prove aliens exist would be a more likely scenario

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        • John's Steaming backlog

          October 23, 2013 at 08:10

          Now that some of the DLC’s go on special on Steam I’m thinking, yes, I can spend that much for that amount of extra content. And then we’re talking about a dollar or two. But 100 Randelas for some extra weapons or what-have-you seems a bit ridiculous. Like getting a sword on WH Space Marine is R30! That’s a bit crazy.

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  3. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 23, 2013 at 07:55

    Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Someone with some brain matter to think about how DLC can actually kill off a game and thus rather stay away from it.

    Forget the slow clap. Forget the enthusiastic clap…. no… MEGA EVOLUTION APPLAUSE!!!!!!!

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    • Otto_ki

      October 23, 2013 at 08:28

      True i am very pleased too see that there are still company’s out there that can think like a gamer. Just think…”Gotta catch ’em all” *now with VISA, Credit and Paypal you can become the very best!

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  4. Pieter Kruger

    October 23, 2013 at 08:32

    Pokémon games is what ruined Pokemon games actually……

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 23, 2013 at 10:31

      lulz

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    • Otto_ki

      October 23, 2013 at 10:34

      Ummm

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  5. Guest

    October 23, 2013 at 17:27

    Whats up with the header?

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