As mentioned before Nintendo is currently have two new sets of Pokemon Promotional giveaways, the first one is happening right now until the 12th, is a special Pokeball Pattern Vivillon to celebrate the grand opening of the online store of licensed products to North Americans. The second promotional event is a downloadable Heracross for people who own Pokemon X and a Pinsir for those who own Pokemon Y. While I have mentioned on this site before about the path of DLC in today’s gaming market but the way Nintendo/ the Pokemon Company is handling their DLC, and out of everything they have the best potential to hand out multiple DLC without committing the video game sin of hacking story content from the game.
The Pokemon Company has always had Downloadable Pokemon, with the Nintendo handing out Mews in Red/Blue/Yellow and Celebis in Gold/Silver/Crystal through promotional events and giveaways. But it was not until Generation III when Pokemon Company started to stretch their arms with the with how many event items can be added in the game.
With the introduction of an internet capable DS Nintendo was now able to expand their reach to player all over a specific region with the internet and Mystery Gift feature in Diamond/Pearl rather than being tied down by the cost of renting out and relying solely on shipping out and setting up the kiosks at malls and obeying to limitations of the physical locations at set operating times. Although Nintendo is slowly weening off the use for physical stores they still seem to opt in for promotional events with Gamestops in America.
Out of all the gaming companies Pokemon has the best potential for creating multiple DLC, because the downloadable content are not story line based but instead more off shoot legendaries, special pokemons released to raise awareness for upcoming movies, and event Pokemon with special move sets like we saw with the special pattern Vivillons and the Pokemon with special move sets like the Speed Boost torchic handed out to those who bought Pokemon X/Y at launch.
Best of all, with all of these promotional giveaways by Nintendo it helps to ensure that people are talking and keeping playing the same game almost a year after the game was released to the market. I can personally attest to this because I might have, twice now, interrupted my usual Twitch stream to boot up my 3DS to download both Fancy Pattern and Pokeball Vivillon and then dedicate one-third of this week’s blog posts to this topic.
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