Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King features $13 of downloadable content available via an in-game menu.
With WiiWare already out in Japan for a week, the first bits of downloadable content are showing up. The first game to have DLC is Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King.
The available downloadable content adds up to a total of $13, which is almost as much as the $15 price of the game itself. In these packs, you get three different races to populate your city with (300 Wii Points each or 800 for all three), some new outfits (two at 100 Wii Points each) and some new buildings (one at 200 Wii Points and one at 100 Wii Points).
The block sizes for the content range between 1 and 3 blocks. The fact that the content is so small in size brings into question whether or not this downloadable content is actually a download. This is strikingly similar to the burgeoning video game controversy of whether or not downloadable content is truly downloadable, which is a point of criticism of the recent Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Along with that, the new buildings you can get aren’t immediately available after you download them: a new dungeon appears that you first have to beat before you can actually access your new buildings. In order to access any of these features you have to re-download an updated version of the game to access the downloadable content menu.
One bright spot about the downloadable content menu is the fact that it is in-game and easy to navigate, meaning players can spend their Wii Points straight from the game instead of having to boot up the Wii Shop Channel separately.