Here's a rarity for you: a game for Nintendo's popular Wii console may be getting some downloadable add-on content that isn't just new Guitar Hero tracks. Capcom's fighting royale Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All Stars has only just launched, but the company is already thinking of the next iteration of the game and apparently has interest in adding characters Phoenix Wright and Ingrid to the fight. Considering that this is a Wii game we're talking about, one would assume that we're looking at some sort of Super Tatsunoko vs Capcom that we're expected to buy all over again here, but the company actually wants to add those characters via downloadable add-on content. Real add-on DLC for a Nintendo console? I never thought I'd see the day. Kombo has the details.
The topic of characters from Capcom's Ace Attorney series of Nintendo DS (and now WiiWare) games has come up here and there throughout the development cycle of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, and it seems that the idea hasn't died yet. In fact, it seems more likely than ever now that it could happen. That is, provided certain conditions are met.
The first, of course, relates to sales. Producer Ryota Niitsuma only recently revealed that if the game does well enough, they would like to add more characters through downloadable content.
However, even with that, there is something of a catch. Since Nintendo expanded the Wii's memory options with its SD memory card solution, some games-- most notably Guitar Hero titles-- have gone on to offer downloadable content for the Wii. But it seems that a developer cannot simply just decide to do it; it would appear they require Nintendo's blessing first.
Nintendo, please believe me when I say that if Capcom is even the last bit interested in doing this, you'd better let them do it. We don't see many top-level core fighting games on the Wii, and if Capcom is willing to go above and beyond to improve their game, then do not stand in their way. This is an opportunity to build some major goodwill with an audience that has largely written off the Wii as a home to casual-aimed shovelware. Don't screw it up.