Pokémon Developers On The Possibility Of Paid Pokémon DLC

By Sato . October 22, 2013 . 11:32am

In a recent 4Gamer interview, Pokémon art director Ken Sugimori and director Tetsuya Watanabe spoke about Pokémon developer Game Freak’s recent growth during the development of Pokémon X and Y. They also talked about why we’ve yet to see any Pokémon we could purchase through DLC or other means that involve real-life currency purchase.


“When it comes to business, the one thing I’ve always said ‘no!’ to is ‘the act of buying Pokémon with money,’” says Sugimori. “That is something that has been said since the days [Satoshi] Tajiri was completely involved in everything.”


“The reason being, is because it’s one of things that could ‘ruin the worldview’ of Pokémon,” Sugimori continues. “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.”


4Gamer then asks about why it’s permitted for them to give away legendary Pokémon for fans who catch the Pokémon movies in theaters.


“That plan came to be after we thought ‘now, this is fun’ about the idea of having the experience of a Pokémon who was featured in the movie you just saw, appear out of the big screen,” explains Sugimori. “After trying it out, we had plenty of thoughts [on the matter] and it was well received, and we also had a lot to talk about.”


“It’s not that we only want to distribute [Pokémon], but we want to give our customers a taste of a ‘new experience,’” Sugimori elaborates. “Whatever we do, we make sure it fits the worldview, and make sure it remains consistent. Those are some of the parts we place a great amount of importance into.”


4Gamer asks the art director to share more details about “remaining consistent”.


“For example, if you’re wondering about how the idea of ‘walking around having your Pokémon inside a Poké Ball’ came to be, it’s because the ‘vision of having monsters following your character’ was actually quite difficult to perform for the Game Boy hardware,” reveals Sugimori. “However, it was strange to not have a reason for why there’s nothing behind you, so it was the decision of ‘then let’s just put them in your pocket!’ that made it possible. I’d say that closely tying the game’s structure and its worldview is our way of doing things.”


That being said, however, it doesn’t mean we won’t ever see Pokémon available for purchase in the future.


Sugimoto concludes, “If we ever get the idea of ‘this could be fun if we could sell it for real-life money,’ or something similar during the planning of a future game, then perhaps we could sell them for 100 yen.”


“The game Darumeshi Sports Shop we recently released, is very interesting,” adds Watanabe. “The game itself allows you to lower the price you pay. I thought the idea behind it was amusing, and the system of having payments be part of the game itself, was a very nice experiment.”

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  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu


    Lets have them not think too much about it.

    Get to stifling that creativity so we dont have to buy things lol

  • Leon_Tekashi

    I wouldn’t mind paying some money for new clothes, but for Pokemon? I don’t know about that….

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      No hell no, you stay over there with Namco and Tales of.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        oh yeah paid clothes in games is the dumbest thing I ever heard of

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Seriously. You used to be able to unlock those things.

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            yeah! I know right? what happened? Now they want money for small things like that? its so dumb and takes the challenge out of unlocking things in games .

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            I also dont like achievements due to this

  • FFmax

    Please no, the last thing I need to see is DLC for Pokemon now.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Honestly I think we’d see DLC for animal crossing faster than we’d see Pokemon DLC

  • Prieto_o101

    I wouldn’t mind if they made a battle frontier dlc. Since that would keep me playing x for a long time just like the other past games that had it.

  • Lynx

    Honestly, I wouldn’t mind them doing what they do with retailers that let you get event Pokemon or the respective events via DLC (Free, mind you) That’s always bothered me.

    Because I live in an area where there isn’t a Gamestop/EB for a few cities over, I’ve never been able to get any of the event Pokemon aside from say the Pokemon Ranger events (Darkrai and the Manaphies for instance which were done over Wi-Fi.) Its kind of a bummer because of that, I’ve never been able to complete a dex.

    • Suicunesol

      I think recently what they’ve been doing is distributing those Pokemon at retail locations first, then making them available later through WiFi maybe a month later. This happened with the Shiny Legendary Beast trio; can’t think of the others, though.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    >Paid DLC
    ………Not sure what to think of this. ಠ_ಠ

  • Shady Shariest

    This is a good viewpoint to DLC… A series and a publisher that make DLC for the fun of it.
    It has worked well for GearBox and Borderlands 2, i could not see any harm in the developers making some of their fun ideas into more content for the game.

    Edit: People, please…Just this once: Read the article. It clearly says that DLC Pokemon are a no-no.
    Edit3: Removed a lashout edit 2 (What, i like making updates.)

    • Guest

      I would buy DLC Pokemon

      • Shady Shariest

        +1 For honesty!

      • Guest

        to the person who downvoted, it’s none of your business what I’m willing to spend my money on

  • Just Tim

    I’m not comfortable having DLC Pokemon. It’s just wrong and defeats the purpose of event Pokemon giveaways.

    • Shady Shariest

      “When it comes to business, the one thing I’ve always said ‘no!’ to is ‘the act of buying Pokémon with money,’”

      • Just Tim

        Can we crank that up beyond up to 11 and outright give them perfect IV’s for the 1/4 of the price of the game itself?

        • Shady Shariest

          Ehh…Not likely gonna happen…Terribly sorry to say, but if there will be DLC…You will be paying for actual content :(
          (Edit: Truth to be told: it is 5-6 years since i have played Pokemon, all the jargon is lost for me :D)

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Well considering legends come with 3 stats with perfect IV’s and you can easily breed perfect IV;s in this game that’d be kinda … abusive.

          Also using money to get past skill and care is a BAD precedent.

  • Guest

    It really feels like Game Freak hired some ElectronicArt workers for their newest game. Only 70 new Pokemon in this generations, the game is bugged, not to say unfinished, no postgame after you beat the league, which was incredibly easy for the majority of players, and now Pokemon DLCs???

    If I have to pay for something I had for FREE in any other Pokemon game they’ve made, I’d rather wait for somebody to make an action replay that fit in the 3Ds and use cheats in my game.

    • Hunts Rattata

      70 new Pokemon, not counting Mega Evolutions.

    • konsama

      I would have agreed with you, until your last paragraph. >_>

      • Guest

        Yeah, the last paragraph was a little too much I have to agree. In reality I would just shrug it off and move on petting my current Pokemons UvU.

        However, I think many other players would consider the action replay thingy, if it ever gets develloped.

    • Lynx

      Yes and how many Pokemon do we have right now? Easily 700+, most of which are unobtainable. There’s got to be a point where they slow down. We just had, what, 156 in Gen V? Five more than the first Gen.

      -no postgame

      And this is where I disagree.

      Exploration, Megastone collecting, online, breeding, Battle Chateau and Maison-ing (?), etc.

      Its like people are forgetting they had to render over 700 models, create an entire region from scratch in 3D, create new gimmicks to use the 3DS hardware, etc

      PS: ‘First’ Pokemon games have never had much post game. I don’t remember MUCH post game in RS, DP, GS (The reason the main game was so short was because of the tacked on ‘post’ game.) Even the originals (RB/G) were pretty much bare in terms of post game, with the exception of Mewtwo.

      Third games are usually the ones with massive post game, BW2 being the most notable where they essentially lock out half the region.

      Also; Pokemon games have always had bugs. Its a fact of life.

      • Shady Shariest

        Eevee should be mentioned specifically. It is a whole chapter of its own.

      • Kalis Konig

        people really need to stop including online battles as post game. i agree with everything else though. the online is a feature that is available and adds longevity to the game sure but by no means does it fall under post game content.

        • Lynx

          For some people it does.

          I don’t consider it post game but a lot of people I’ve talked to do.

        • Aaronrules380

          It’s content you can do after the champion, so yes it’s postgame. Especially since many like me won’t even start training online teams until finishing the main game.

      • Detrimont

        you forgot the looker missions, which i really enjoyed tbh

      • Guest

        Missing No. was one of the best glitches I enjoyed using to access places you couldn’t normally get to

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Um. You know its like Gen 4 right? Oh and there are 723 pokemon 6 of them are hidden.

      Game is neither unfinished, Pokemon has always had bugs, there is a post game. A fair bit meatier than say what was available after you beat Pokemon Sapphire/Ruby.

      Infact its a bit comparable to Platinum’s post game Imo.Not to mention the main game itself is rather filling.

      As for the cheating thing, well you’re a sorry sod and ungrateful bastard. Gamefreak makes things easier for you and then you dont want to put in the effort and cock up the game for everyone else? No screw you. Kamiya will watch you BURN. http://i.imgur.com/EUTHT.jpg

  • Andy Ho

    It’d be helpful if the title or the top of the article states that they’re not into the idea of paid dlc before people jump to comments before reading.

    Also Pokemon has a history of free dlc like the Pokemon / Nobunaga’s Ambition game. Clearly had DLC for extra stories but were all free to download.

  • Suicunesol

    Only Team Rocket would think of selling Pokemon for money.

    • Penguin

      or that magikarp guy

      • konsama

        BUT THEY RARE.

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      • Suicunesol

        Hey it turns into Gyarados it’s a good investment.

        • Gekokujou

          True, but at the same time, you can easily catch a Magikarp by yourself.

      • WyattEpp

        Boy! Boy! Hey you there, boy!
        I want you to have a look at this Pokémon!

        • J_Joestar

          hmmmm i’m listening…

          • Gekokujou

            IT’S A TRAP!!!

          • RisukuAozora

            But Magikarp is a gold mine…

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        • Kai2591

          ah memories~

    • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

      Didn’t think I’ll see the day where the act of NOT implementing DLC is a newsworthy industry shattering act. What a sad state.

  • konsama

    There’s a difference, if you made an expansion, adding maybe a couple towns, more pokemons, items and stuff to make XY even better, like adding facilities alike of JoinAvenue or Move tutors, clothes and all together, i would totally buy it, even if it was more costly.

    In hell i would pay for a single pokemon.

  • Kalis Konig

    I’d love other regions as DLC. Honestly am tired of not havin a real Pokemon World to traverse.

    • Steven Higgins

      Hoenn DLC! Make it happen Gamefreak!

    • Miss_Madness

      In theory that would be awesome but I’m a bit too bitter to be optimistic about that sort of thing. (For paid DLC, if that kind of stuff was free then I would be happy to go along with it.)

  • Godman

    With how halfassed the content in XY was
    I wouldn’t mind DLCs for new clothes and for God sakes Hairstyles/color!!!
    Maybe some new side quests to make post game actually last longer
    I’d pay for new pokemon, I mean people already have to pay to transfer pokemon from previous Gens what with all the missing Pokemon in this game
    I want Misdreavus!

    • ZnTxn

      Or you can transfer every missing pokemon before the free-trial ends (when that thing is actually released, mind you).

      Edit: About the hairstyles/clothes, I give you that, the male selection sucks. But what do you mean by half-assed content?

      • Byas

        And give the middle finger to the ones who bought the game after the free trial? I have the game already, but the idea of charging someone for transfering their own pokemons from the older generation to the new one is beyond ridiculous, even if they bought it some time after the launch date.

        • J_Joestar

          of course they could just do a Gen 3 and not let you transfer anything over either.
          a $5 a YEAR service isn’t going to break anyone’s wallet.

          • Byas

            Yeah, because I just said something about not being able to transfer at all being any less ridiculous, huh? And of course it isn’t, but just being “cheap” doesn’t make it any less wrong since it should be free to begin with. Or else the “some $ to have this disc locked content that should already be yours isn’t going to break anyone’s wallet” could be used to justify all the idiotic dlc policies we have to deal with these days.

          • Aisha Lee

            You do know that running a online cloud services cost money right? Not everthing in this world can be free and five dollars a year is a steal.

          • Byas

            For the cloud pkmn box? Sure, it’s a good price. For the game generation transfer? Nope, it’s ridiculous that they ask money for it. The data will just stay on their server for minutes at max before going to the game cartridge (and pkmn data isn’t even large, just google it, is something around 100~200 bytes on the older gens, probably around the same on this one); If you really believe they couldn’t use a portion of the GTS/WonderTrade/GameSync server for these transfers you probably also believe in Bigfoot. But looking on the other side, at least they didn’t rape my dog so I should be glad that they are just charging extra, right?

          • Aisha Lee

            The thing is you can download the poke tranporter for free. Its just the you would need to have downloaded the pokemon bank for it to work in together that and it is believe that this server would be use for future generation titles as well so it not like this is going to be a short term feature like the dream garden. That and a server still cost money wether the data is huge or not.

            Where I’m try to get at with this is. Sure the data for the pokemon is pretty small but you also have to take in how many people bought the game and how many pokemon each person catches along with long term effect of the pokemon bank itself. Now a days you have to pay 50 dollars to play a game online for a year. This just 5 dollars annual fee and if your still against it. Just use the free month trial to get your previous pokemon that Laer mention and be done with it.

          • Byas

            You only get the poke transporter for free if you have the game by January 31th, otherwise you will have to pay $5 to use it (thanks to it being bundled with Pokebank). Again, I’m ok with paying for the bank , I probably won’t have a need for it since I never got all my boxes full on the older games but it’s understandable that they ask money for it. Now, for the transporter it isn’t, the pokemons ain’t gonna stay there for long on most of the time (with gamefreak/nintendo even being able to put a day limit to make sure people wouldn’t just upload the pokemons and forget to get them on XY) and the servers wouldn’t need to be that huge, possibly it could even use a part of the GameSync/GTS since data is so small (no need for a really expensive server with a ridiculous hard drive). And all that putting side the huge money that they got from sales alone that could easily make a new free server for transfer to run along with the GTS/GameSync server since there’s no need for it to be alive forever (unlike the pokebank).

          • Symbol de Au

            The real thing that justifies it is the fact that before now you had to have two DS to transfer. If you had no friend with a DS it was much more expensive than $5. Then there’s what Aisha said.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Each game gets a free month trial

          • Byas

            Yes, but like I said, only for a limited time. Quote from the official pokebank page:

            “If you download and open Pokémon Bank by January 31, 2014, you will be able to obtain a pass that will allow you to use the software for no charge for 30 days.”

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            … So you only need a 3DS.

            Its an app you download.
            What sorta beef y’all jabroni’s got eh?

          • Byas

            Sorry in advance if I got the last phrase wrong, not a native english speaker, so I’m not that used to expressions,etc. But yes, as stated on the my other comment I even have pokemon Y already, although it doesn’t mean everyone has one, so the “give the middle finger to everyone who buys it later” still stands. Take for example the DS, I bought it a month or two before Platinum’s launch and got pokemon Diamond with it (I was more of a casual at the time, didn’t care about games enough to check upcoming games, launch dates, etc), still I was able to get my pokemons from Emerald with no problems, now if it was this gen I would have had to pay $5 for a service that I wouldn’t even use just to be able to use an important feature should have already been bundled with the game to begin with. I really can’t see how someone is ok with it.

      • NimbusStev

        Considering this is the first game in the series that you can customize your character at all, I’d say the clothing choices are more than generous.

      • Godman

        I’ll admit some things were just over hyped but I feel they could have put more in game
        I see people bashing the idea of DLC, but how more different would that be from buying Z that has all the missing content

  • Andrew A

    I’d be OK with spending money on digital expansions, but paying a buck for a pokemon just doesn’t feel right.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Why the hell would anyone even ask that question. Now the idea is planted in their heads.

    • pimpalicious

      Because they’ve never heard of DLC I bet.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Asking it makes it seem like there is a demand for it.

        • What makes you think there isn’t?

  • Suicunesol

    I think I should mention that selling a single Pokemon is not out of the realm of possibility since Pokemon Co. has already been doing it. If you reverse your way of thinking, you could say that when you pay $$$ to see the Pokemon movie, you are really paying for that one downloadable Pokemon, and the movie is simply a big, expensive advertisement for it. There are many people who might not care for the movie but still want the Pokemon. In that sense, they really are paying for that one Pokemon.

    It’s genius, isn’t it?

    • Shady Shariest

      Aren’t those kinda deals quite heavily for specific regions?

    • ronin4life

      Eh, but you are getting a movie too.
      Most movies give you no dlc, and most dlc give you no movie.

  • dahuuuundge

    I have no problem buying yearly pokemon since they take place in new regions, introduce new mons, and refine mechanics. I rather the developer complile all these ideas and keep making new pokemon iterations.

  • Minos

    I don’t play Pokemon, but I suppoce people who do would glady buy previous regions recreated with the XY Engenie for a fair price.

    • Kalis Konig

      this. the fanbase is just to silly to demand such a thing. everyone wants remakes of past games instead of true sequels or expansions.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    yeah, Why make pokemon Z when you could add the expansion to X and Y as DLC.

    Edit: The post game really need DLC. after you beat the game…I say.”what to do now?* get my butt handed to me online? or go on the GTS and look at people ungodly demand for Level 1 legendary? The battle frontier,battle train, World tournament was great but it got rather boring fast. At lest X and Y had the Looker side Quest *tear jerker* but it was short.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      You know what’d be cool? I they made Ruby&Sapphire DLC for X and Y.

      Pokemon Z is usually used to fix engine/pacing issues within the game along with providing an enhanced story/content

    • John Diamond

      woah wait.
      there isn’t an extra island like there was in diamond and pearl?

      • Steven Higgins

        There’s just a new town. a small one at that.

    • I love the Looker sidequest. But you’re right, one of the biggest draw backs for the first two versions of a Pokemon game is having nothing to do besides ev train or online battles, and if don’t have an internet connection you’re outta luck.

    • Vash bane

      wait theres going to be a Z? so your saying I should wait for that one?

    • RazeXI

      I think this is what made gold and silver so great, because you got to explore the whole kanto region and get 8 more badges after you beat the game. Why this was never implemented again I’ll never know because that was great.

  • WyattEpp

    I think the thing I like least about this is attitude is to them it’s “oh, this sounds fun”, but to people who don’t buy the games immediately on release it’s “Oh no, I missed the two week window for this Wifi event and now there’s something to this game that I can never see.”

  • artemisthemp

    I really wish you could capture all Pokemon’s in Pokemon X and Y, but you can’t

  • NimbusStev

    The part about the Pokeball explanation is so true! The one thing I really love about Pokemon is how closely they tie all of their game mechanics to the story. Pokemon Centers, the PC storage system, the dream world, badges and gyms… it’s all so genius when you think about it!

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Okay, taking back what I said earlier, if they do use paid DLC, I’m okay with expansions, new side stories, and new locations. That’s about it for the time being. lol

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Having to pay a fee per Pokemon would adversely affect the series. Save that excrement for Pokemon Rumble’s NFC toys. Like he says, protecting the brand, especially the mainline games, is paramount…alienating fans of the series simply to commercialize doesn’t sound like a great (or profitable) idea. I would argue that it would significantly devalue the brand like SquareEnix has done with Final Fantasy.

    Nintendo/Gamefreak/Pokemon Co. are rare examples of DLC/Micro-transaction restraint, and it should stay that way. As long as the quality stays high, they don’t have to worry about Pokemon not selling to their satisfaction.

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  • subsamuel01

    I wish they would make a stadium game for Wii U already

  • Eefara

    I wouldn’t mind it if they sold event Pokemon after the giveaway. Let the people who can get it for free, and for those who can’t, they won’t have to miss out.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Nope. They re-run them. I missed out on alot of events when I was younger.

      Then got them later anyway.

      So no.

      • Armane

        They re-run some of the events, but not all of them. Like I don’t think we’ll see a Shiny Dialga/Palkia/Giratina distribution again. I think selling the events for money is a bad idea, but they could let you buy them with Pokémiles or something.

  • James Williams

    I’d be a ookay with this, if they wanted to slap on a new region, more story quests or at least smething fun to do post game i’d gladly pay for it.

    • MrTyrant

      THIS! I would really pay for that because I felt that this games was lacking of post-game content.

  • Unrelated, but I love that Pac-Man shirt he’s wearing.

  • Draparde

    I wish they’d do something about those event pokemon :/ i’ve never been able to get one in my life aside from mystery boxes. which they rarely do…

    i even missed getting meloetta! my favorite legendary ; ;

    on the topic: Buying pokemon is something i would not care to have, but DLC for other regions and content, i’m all for!

  • Warboss Aohd

    how about more outfits?

    dat seemz like a harmless bit o’ DLC.

    • Arrei

      Given that clothing is already part of the base game, locking some of it behind a paid wall seems pretty skeevy.

      • Warboss Aohd

        DLC is probably gonna happen, might as well be somethin’ dat doesn’t effect gameplay.

        Besides, if it’s made AFTER release, there isn’t anything wrong with it.

        • Suicunesol

          Naw, I think they’ll just put it all in Pokemon Z which’ll come out next year.

          However, I DO want to see more mega evolutions as DLC Wifi distributions. Something like one new mega evolution revealed per month for the next year or so, mainly because I was not satisfied with the current line-up.

      • Slayven19

        Being part of the base game doesn’t mean anything. What matters is how important it is to the gameplay and clothing isn’t all that important and nor would it be sleezy in the slightest.

        • Arrei

          In this case, I feel it does matter. I didn’t elaborate in the first comment: It’s not a question of how important something is, it’s the message it sends, however inaccurate it may be. The base game’s customization options, though very enjoyable IMO, are also on the light side, with but a handful of hairstyle options and around eight or so unique clothing models and four hat models per gender, the bulk of the available items being recolors of other items. I’ve seen fans being rather disappointed in Calem’s options, particularly.

          With a customization system that has been received as “light”, to then charge extra to fill that out would FEEL very much like they’re now charging to flesh out something that they didn’t spend enough time on originally. Even though that’s highly likely to be false, because that’s the very sort of thing Masuda hates, that’s how it’d be received.

          I feel like, if we were to receive clothing DLC at all, it’d be free, because that’s just the way Masuda does things, and any paid DLC we’d actually see in a Pokemon game would be something more significant, like epilogues and new adventures and whatnot.

  • MrTyrant

    Want to add dlc? okay…I want new lands with new events, some cameo characters, some challenges in those events/battles and new pokemons to capture. Yeah, some kind of expantion I would love something like, even if it’s expensive. I always remember those island in the old pokemons.

  • Steven Higgins

    Geez. So much heat here. The game isn’t perfect, but it would be foolish to expect it to be given that this is their first attempt at a main series Pokemon game in 3D. The vast majority of games have bugs at launch and most of them get patched out. Post game is typically vastly expanded in the follow-up game, and in the first generation we only had Mewtwo. And for those who are freaking out about the mere mention of paid DLC Pokemon, the article states that they have no intention of doing so. True there were less new Pokemon in this, but there were also many more previous Gen Pokemon you could capture during the main game than there have been in a long time, and even more in post game. Then there are the Mega Evolutions that, while not considered new in the Pokedex, do have different models than their main forms and as such take up just as much data as a new Pokemon. Also, since these are 3D models and not sprites, each Pokemon takes up more data than they used to. While I abhor the thought of paying for DLC Pokemon, and don’t really care about outfits, I would pay to visit another region, Esp Hoenn since I never got to play Emerald.

  • SlickRoach

    My God, after reading the article title I nearly had an ulcer. Good thing I was proven wrong haha

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Considering not everybody can go to the Pokemon movies (because they aren’t aired at their countries) having those legendary pokemon as a paid DLC would be pretty useful and considerably harmless. I mean, paying for a ticket to get a Pokemon is a paid DLC kind of sorts anyway~.

  • I can understand the reasoning behind the idea. But the guys answered their question for themselves – it would change how people experience Pokémon, but not in much of a positive manner.

    Part of the “magic” of the series is venturing those routes, caves, mountains etc, and finding the Pokémon that you earnestly wish to catch, battling them to earn your achievement, and raise it.

    Such traits of a purchased Pokémon wouldn’t be able to fit so well here. What if you didn’t get the correct mood, or gender? Would we need to purchase again and hope we get lucky this time? This is why I feel the trading system works so much better – the trade itself is an open-ended approach that has worked for a long time, and continues to do so today.

    While at a business standpoint this could work. But for those fans of the series, as well as game-goers, I don’t think that selling Pokémon would be a good idea, unless implemented in such a way that can please everyone.

  • Captain Levi

    … What about… NO?

  • I actually wouldn’t mind Pokémon DLC in the least, but as Sugimori said, it would need to feel like it was worth the money. Simple legendary distributions over Wi-Fi won’t cut it, I think, since they’ve been doing that for a while anyway, and it doesn’t really add anything to the experience.

    That said, I think “mini-quests” would be the perfect solution. Pokémon Black/White had that DLC quest early on where you would go find Victini, and I thought that was perfect. It wasn’t a simple Wi-Fi giveaway; it allowed you to explore an area you couldn’t access before. Since the games are on 3DS now, they’re free to add new things as they please, and I hope they do.

    The other important thing about the Victini quest is that you actually had to work to get Victini. You had to go on that quest, do the legwork, find him and capture him. That made it feel much more special than just receiving a legendary in the mail. It made him feel like “your” Pokémon, which is important, I think.

    • Well, with how big the Kalos region is, there are sections of the in-game world map that aren’t traced with routes yet. Indeed, the southern corner of the map is still inaccessible, and maybe DLC might remedy that. However, I do wonder if that will be left for another title instead, maybe as the location of another facility, like the many Battle Frontiers in every third version of each generation!

      Then again, with the DLC focus, while it is possible that they would expand the map with it, they also must give the locations incentive. They shouldn’t just BE places to add patches of grass and lakes with Pokemon that were previously unavailable in either versions.

      • I’m still really early in the game (Just got done waking that Snorlax up on Route 6), but I’ve read up on some of the post-game stuff, and it certainly seems rather weak compared to previous games.

        For starters, it’s a little odd that we have such a limited (and safe) selection of Legendaries in this game. You have Xerneas and Yveltal, but aside from that it’s just Mewtwo and the three original legendary birds, all of whom are roaming.

        …and that’s it. No Latios/Latias, no legendary dogs, no Lugia and/or Ho-oh, or Deoxys or anything. One has to wonder if they’re saving all of that for distributions, or if they’re actually in the game and just that well hidden. The latter seems unlikely, though.

        But yeah, either way, seeing some actual meaty DLC for Pokémon would be great, and I think there’s a lot of opportunity to do something along those lines to hold people over until the inevitable Z version or whatever.

        • But then, holding back THAT much content? I dunno. Waiting for Pokemon Z, just for extra post-game content is actually a waste to do now. Especially after this article being published!

          You know, many people have to realize by now (which should’ve happened already) that every Pokemon Event Distribution was always a form of “unlock key” via the Mystery Gift feature, which existed since the Gen II games. DLC can be more than that, which was never done before in a Main Pokemon title. Obviously, that should be the point of discussion regarding the justification of DLC. An Nintendo has proven before that their DLC was never hidden “in-cartridge” content, like with NSMB2. Or the New Super Luigi U, which was (and still is) a BIG file to download for an Expansion DLC!

          • Personally, I’ve always been of the opinion that it doesn’t matter if something is on the cartridge/disc or not. If you didn’t know it existed when you bought the game, then you can’t claim that it belongs to you.

            Of course, there are all sorts of ways to argue against this outlook, but I see on-disc DLC the same way as regular DLC… just, it’s more convenient because it’s already on the disc and you don’t have to download it. It was budgeted separately, never advertised as part of the game, and people weren’t expecting it when they bought the title.

            In the case of Pokémon, though, previous games have always been on platforms with no internal storage, which is why the scope of DLC has always been so limited. In fact, one could go as far as to say that Pokémon practically invented DLC… just that they haven’t had an opportunity to do more with it until now.

        • $36598391

          I’d like to see a Pokemon RPG where you can visit all the regions in that world, or at least the regions that were in past Pokemon games, Nintendo should make something like that for the Wii U since that system would have no problem handling a game like that

          • The problem is, that may not be in the best interests of the series, since Pokémon is about playing on the go at your leisure, and millions of people play it that way. If they were to do a full-blown Wii U RPG, it should be something entirely different and not something that tries to ape the portable titles.

          • $36598391

            that’s a good point, seeing how the series was orignally called Pocket Monsters, something new or something that has only been done once like another tactical pokemon game would be cool

            as for my progress in X/Y, I got bored of it right after picking my starter and went back to Rune Factory 4 and haven’t touched Y since

          • I have to admit, I’m not particularly enthused about X/Y myself (especially with Ace Attorney coming out today), but I’ve been making progress a bit at a time. There’s lots of little things about the games that are making me think of what could have been, rather than how they turned out. Still, I imagine I will end up playing at least for another few hours, just to check all the Pokémon out in 3D. That’s one part of the game I do like very much.

          • $36598391

            Ace Attorney huh?


    • Christopher Nunes

      I wouldn’t mind DLC Mini-Quests to capture other Legendary Pokemon, it’s more fun that way to me, like you said regarding Victini.

      And it would be great, that is to say get more clothing options for your characters that they couldn’t make it into the game yet.

      And maybe special Quests where you team up with Gym Leaders (maybe ones from other Regions like Kanto and Johto) to uncover more mysterious to the world of Pokemon (and possibly capture a Pokemon that is otherwise super rare to get, like Snorlax as an example).

      That’s some possibility there but like the interview said it has to be “worth” the money for the DLC.

      • Haha, I can’t say I’m that into the clothing and customization (I guess after playing 40 hours of Style Savvy nothing else seems good enough in comparison) but yeah, special quests sound fun.

        • What about a future patch that allows us to import designs from Animal Crossing? It would be just like Style Savvy, but in a more appealing title like this one!

          • Hmm. Do you think Animal Crossing clothing would fit in a game like Pokémon, though? Personally, I think Style Savvy’s fashion sense goes better with the world of X/Y. Oh, and on a related note… whenever you’re passing through those tunnels in between routes, the music reminds me of Style Savvy!

        • Christopher Nunes

          Well I just got the third Badge and there isn’t any clothing stores along the way to buy new clothes (what’s the point of having clothing customization if you don’t have stores in between to purchase early on?) but I would love more options to customize the look of my Trainer to the ideal look for me.

          A red short-sleeve hoodie sweat jacket, black t-shirt, blue baggy shorts, black sneakers, and black fingerless gloves. Sadly there’s the “no hat” removal option but at least let us turn the hat around.

          Plus more hairstyle options and a PREVIEW of them, though save and reloading helps, but I like to see what hairstyle I’m getting. And more coloring… then again I don’t know if other colors are available upon more Badges like giving your character red hair like other anime characters and the Lens… basic colors not even Red Eye Lens or Heterochromia Eyes option either.

          Wouldn’t mind if we could customize the character’s look at the start of the game instead of a pre-select of three in the beginning.

          Anyway Special Quests are the best option for DLC content with Super Rare Pokemon and teaming up with others characters like Gym Leaders and maybe old enemies.

    • Suicunesol

      I just to want note that the Victini quest is far from the first time that the games had a distributable side quest related to a legendary Pokemon.

      Pokemon Emerald had an island area called Faraway Island that had a wild Mew you could actually catch and nickname. It was a completely uninhabited jungle island with only that Mew running around the map, and you had to go chasing after it. You could only reach the island with a special item that was never released in the West.

      Then for Pokemon Pearl/Diamond there was an entire route that could be unlocked where you could catch the Pokemon Shaymin at the end. The ticket that was used to access this sidequest (involving Professor Oak no less) was never distributed in the West, though.

      Probably the oldest example of this kind of downloadable content was in Pokemon Crystal where you could obtain a GS Ball through a mobile event accessed via cell phone. The GS Ball would open a sidequest to catch Celebi in Ilex Forest. Unfortunately, this entire quest was removed in the western versions…

      I hope the giveaway of the Liberty Ticket that was used to catch Victini will end this trend of Japan-exclusive content. >_> I totally agree that simply receiving a Pokemon via WiFi is nowhere near as fulfilling as capturing the Pokemon yourself.

      • Right, I wasn’t saying Victini was the first time. Just the most recent example and the one most clear in my mind, since I actually never played Di/Pe and obviously Emerald was several years ago now.

        I definitely remember Celebi and the GS Ball, too. I must’ve spent some 800 hours in Pokémon Crystal as a kid, and I always felt bad that we were missing out on that quest.

        I don’t think you need to worry about Japan-exclusive content any more, though, especially when they haven’t done any major region-exclusive events in a while and have gone out of their way to give X/Y a simultaneous worldwide release, not only in US/EU/JP, but in Korea as well.

    • s07195

      Although in this case I don’t support this idea, there seems to be quite useful uses for this idea, such as how some of these cordoned off areas are usually region-locked, limited-time-only. I believe that Faraway Island, the Victini Quest, Navel Rock, Birth Island, Southern Island, and the GS Ball were examples of this.

    • Guest

      I’d pay to get usage of past DLC

      NoA should rehost DLC pokemon for the Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Heartgold, Soulsilver, Black/White and Black2/White2

  • Yan Zhao

    DLC Pokemon isa bad idea. It defeats the point of the whole game, to find, catch, and raise your own Pokemon team to battle with.

    Im not opposed to DLC though, insead of making new remakes for example, I wouldnt mind paying 20$ or so for remakes of entire regions with that region’s respective pokemons available in the wild. You know, so people can eventually catch them all, for real.

    • Guest

      I’d easily get pop in my action replay with White2 and generate all the Legendaries and Starters, catch them with one of the 999 Master balls I put in my characters Inventory and level them up to 100 with unlimited rare candies and max all the stats

  • ocaritna

    I agree with no DLC, as long as there’s no gamest*p (or other gamestore) pokemon exclusive distribution :(
    Makes me sad…

  • Rogerrmark

    Wouldn’t mind if it was just for Event-only Pokémon.

    I quit playing for a long time before,because of the damn exclusive Pokémon distributed just in some event/movie/store.

    That kind of thing just serves to segregate the fanbase,instead of giving equal chances for people to play.

    I won’t even mention areas/zones that just become available with determined x Pokémon.

  • Kai2591

    so no.

  • AAa

    I knew this was bound to happen. Another DLC fest!

    • Arrei

      Not likely really, considering Junichi Masuda hates the idea of paid DLC for things that should be part of the base game, and I’d wager he has a bit of influence on the matter, being that he’s, yknow, the founder and director of the company…

      If we get DLC, I think we can be reasonably assured it’d be something actually worth buying, and not in ludicrous amounts.

    • DrakeClawfang

      Try actually reading the article. They say they hate the idea of DLC, fans should get the game they deserve based on the shelf price instead.

  • Virevolte

    Nooooo !
    Let me buy Slowpokeeeeees ! ~

  • puppypizza

    Please don’t ever add DLC to Pokemon. It’s bad enough that there’s a fee to transfer pokemon from the last game to X and Y. I don’t know if my heart could take any more from one of the last good game series I enjoy.

    • Armane

      Isn’t the fee for transferring Pokémon technically paying for Pokémon, anyway? Sure you could do it during the free month or whatever, but it’s still paying for your old Pokémon.

      • puppypizza

        Yeah, in a way. Buying Pokemon from Nintendo seems just as bad as buying them from B/W 2.

  • DrakeClawfang

    And this is why in spite of inferior console power, Nintendo is the superior game company above Sony and Microsoft.

  • the9reen9uy

    I wouldn’t be opposed to /free/ DLC =) I think there’s so much more they could add to the game through DLC, and would flesh out its rather bland post-game. Maybe even some fun events like fighting gym leaders from past games or something..

  • >.>


    You don't have to buy it you know………….. lol

  • DanteMasamune

    They should just follow Capcom’s (LOL) Monster Hunter example (well prior to MH4 for I’m not sure how DLC runs on MH4) and give out free DLC extra quests and missions or a pass to go to an extra never before seen areas (via boat) like an island where you can go to find previous legendaries or fight older characters like Red (even other protagonists), past gyms leaders, or champions.
    Or better yet instead of making Pokemon Z why not make an expansion for X & Y as well as resell Pokemon Z as a full game (with other extra features such as exclusive Pokemon) for those who don’t have X & Y yet.
    Better yet……new Mega Pokemon.
    That is all I can think of.

    • Nanashrew

      I think the current pattern is fine honestly. I think paid regions or expansions like Z would be a bad road to go down. Expansions already come out after a couple of years and it’s best to leave older regions to remakes.

      • DanteMasamune

        Fine what about DLC Mega Evolutions…..but free of course?

  • Beat

    To be honest, I’d rather have dlc than pokemon you can only get at events and distributions, like keldeo and genesect.

  • drios07

    if they do put out a dlc maybe it should be something a long the lines of helping you train your pokemon. like resetting everyone you fought in your journey or story mode to fight them again, including the gym leaders, except with stronger or evolved pokemon

  • Enzo

    As much as X/Y had a great story, post-game was very lacking, there were much fewer new pokemon and come on, only three new Legendaries this game? (not counting Mewtwo, etc.) With the capabilities of the 3DS, I was hoping more exploration post-game and a lot more stuff to do after E4. Although I am not really keen on Pokemon DLCs, maybe Sidequest DLCs would be cool.

    • OhMyClarence

      I’m with you on the lack of new monsters, but the post-game isn’t that bad. X and Y really stress multiplayer play, so you have things like the Friend Safari the ability to have mock battles with past players that you have battled. And you also have places like the Chateau and restaurants to improve your rank. Also, there are hints scattered throughout the game that there is more to come.

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