Nintendo 3DS in-game purchases primed

Similar system also being prepped for Wii U

Aim to extend life of top-end games with quality downloadable content.

Nintendo is set to bring in-game purchases to the 3DS later this year. That’s according to head honcho Satoru Iwata, who revealed the news during an earnings conference call late last week.

Iwata said that the system would be rolled out to developers by the end of 2011, letting them figure out how it’ll work in practice. However, he was keen to insist that Nintendo would only allow top extras, like new levels, to be sold.

What’s more, it seems a similar system will be available of the Wii U, which is due to land in spring on next next year, with Iwata confirming plans. This could finally give Ninty a decent foothold in the online gaming world, where the Xbox 360 and PS3 reign supreme.

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Via Andriasang