If only you could download Iwata

The late November 3DS system update will add the ability for developers to release downloadable content for games in the 3DS eShop, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed there'll be no Nintendo DLC until 2012.

Speaking to investors after the semi-annual financial report, Iwata said:

Nintendo will also offer something like this for the titles Nintendo publishes next year, in a way that should be appreciated by our consumers.

That means we most likely won't see any extra cars or courses in Mario Kart 7 for example, but we could see additional stages offered in Luigi's Mansion 2.

As for when we might see third parties put out extra content on the eShop, Iwata said:

I also hear that some of the software publishers are intending to launch titles that incorporate this new structure of the Nintendo eShop from early next year.

Although the DLC function will land at the end of this month, it might be a longer wait until titles that support add-on content are released.

[source nintendo.co.jp]