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Nintendo Charging For Quality of Life Features is an Evil Practice


All things considered, Nintendo has been pretty fair when it comes to free and paid DLC. Splatoon 2 is a great example of just that but there are other titles that do not offer the same level of flexibility and Nintendo charges additional money for features that cannot even be categorised as new content.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 came out in 2017 and it is a perfect example of a game where you need to pay for features that cannot be considered new content. If you have played the game then you know that there are paid quests and bonus items. That I am fine with. I know that it takes money and resources to make missions and create items.

The issue I have is with simple features such as difficulty modes, altering enemy aggression, auto QTEs and, of course, auto-battling. Even though I do not believe that everything should be free and included in the price that I pay for the game, these are common features that every other game offers for free. I do not need to pay more when I play games like Devil May Cry and change the difficulty level or access the bloody palace. These features are included in the price that I have paid for the game.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is not the only example. There are plenty of games in which Nintendo has done this and gotten away with it. Zelda: The Breath of the Wild is another perfect example where you were asked to pay for the ability to summon your horse anywhere. This is a common feature in similar games created by other companies. Imagine paying for the same feature in The Witcher 3. I am sure nobody wants that.

In Breath of the Wild, players had to pay more for the new difficulty mode, additional fast travel freedom and the ability to see where you have already been on the map. The list is a pretty long one but I am sure you get the point. I think that these are really bad practices and we are lucky that everyone company is not pulling off the same schemes.

Let us know what you think about these features that Nintendo has locked behind a paywall and whether or not you think they should be free.

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