New Super Mario Bros. 2 adding three DLC packs

Nintendo says DLC for the 3DS title will be out this October in Japan; no word on North American and European equivalent.

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Nintendo has announced it will be releasing three packs of DLC for New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the 3DS via today's Japanese Nintendo Direct live stream.

Mario is getting DLC.

According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, the first pack will be called the "Ippatsu Shoubu de Dokidoki" pack, which is aimed at expert gamers. The second pack, "Go! Go! Gold Mario", will feature three courses where the objective is to collect more than 30,000 gold coins.

The third pack, "Kiroku ni Challenge! A", is a standard coin-collecting challenge mode where a player's score is uploaded worldwide. All three DLC packs will have three fixed stages each.

The DLC will be available in Japan on October 2 and will cost 200 yen each ($2.50). Gamers can access the DLC from the shop button at the bottom of the coin rush mode menu in the game. This story will be updated with details of its North American and Europe equivalents soon.

Discussion

201 comments
chipwithdip
chipwithdip

With DLC, we have gotten:

 

1) A free patch for Mario Kart 7

 

2) 3 DLC packs for NSMB2

 

Both titles were good, complete experiences. Nintendo has a soul, unlike other companies. Hopefully, though, they keep that up.

Psylumin
Psylumin

I am happy to hear about this! Normally I despise DLC, but New Super Mario Bros 2 was a very enjoyable game to me, surprisingly! It was a long and satisfying game to complete, but I am left wanting more, so these DLC packs are more than welcome (especially if they add difficulty).Also, $2.50 for a DLC pack? Seems like Nintendo understands how DLC is done properly!

franzito
franzito

Wow, a Mario portable game getting DLC..!? And until then I thought Nintendo wouldn't go to such lengths... guess it speaks for itself that being out of the trend is being out of the game.

farcorners
farcorners

i explode with excitement over DLC news. (sarcasm)

Void_Kross
Void_Kross

I remember the days when the first Mario game was ever released. No such thing as a DLC.

DevaGolgotha
DevaGolgotha

Whoa, Nintendo doing a DLC?  Good for them.  I'm excited, though Mario is far from my favorite series.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I like how Nintendo are doing DLC. It doesn't feel like it was withheld, that it was developed after beta. I wish all developers took this approach to DLC. 

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

DLC is not a big deal.  If you like the content involved, buy it.  if you think it is ruining gaming then, do not buy it.  simple.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

wow people are complaining about DLC worth $2.50? LOL

DonnyKD
DonnyKD

People overreacting, as usual.

Q-abs
Q-abs

DLC is the reason I'm always waiting for a "complete edition". Just look at Saints Row: The Third, RE 5, Arkham City, etc. I was hoping Sleeping Dogs was getting a "complete edition" because I didn't bought it yet. Same thing to Resident Evil 6; no need to rush on the first day.

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

so its Nintendo's turn in the DLC world huh? i guess its time to find a new hobby.

nurnberg
nurnberg

DLC in a Mario game?  WTF?  This is really sad.

fester420
fester420

They should release a 2d mario game with all past power ups and a level editor. No need for dlc in that case.

atopp399
atopp399

It saddens me Nintendo has had to go this route with DLC...

franzito
franzito

 @Void_Kross

 Yes, Mario was just Mario and this alone made him the coolest.

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @kavadias1981 A smart developer would just release completed DLC a few months after launch to keep the public none the wiser.  Personally, I think DLC is a bad thing all around, regardless of whether it is disc locked, day 1, months later, or purposely withheld content.  Expansion packs are acceptable because often times they are stand alone, or they are roughly the same size as the original.  I wish the nickel and dime-ing tactics would just go away...but people KEEP BUYING IT!

Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

 @Halloll I see what you did there, however I do support DLC if it's done right, and so far it has been far away from being wrong. Games like Mario have much to win by using DLC to expand upon themselves.

Immortallix
Immortallix

 @Cryptic_Shadow what if you like it but the concept of DLC is bleeding your pockets dry and you wish for the days back when complete games were still complete games?

Rovelius
Rovelius

 @Q-abs BattleField 3 Premium Edition is probably the worst offender.

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

 @Q-abs and i found i didn't need any of those packs.  So instead of buying it and complaining like tons of other people I chose not to buy it.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @ZOD777 mmm I agree with you. DLC is a great idea to expand on a game, as you pointed out. It keeps us interested long after the game's completion. It is the withheld DLC thing that I don't agree with. Yes, gaming is a business but when will it end? Will we have to pay extra for the other half of a full game someday? Makes me wonder.

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

 @Immortallix Totally.  Well said, mate.  I think the concept of DLC does have great potential.  It is something that couldn't have been possible several years ago, when games did ship complete.  They still ship complete for the most part but when Devs and Pubs add-on pointless content clearly to make $$$, it gives this concept as a whole a very bad reputation. 

 

I understand charging for add-on content but if the price outweighs the content I will not buy it.  There is decent material available, we just have to be mindful of its worth and if it is worth adding onto our favorite games.  We should never allow 'them' to bleed our pockets.

Q-abs
Q-abs

 @Cryptic_Shadow yeah you right, but sometimes it iritates me when they released the cheaper one

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

 @abHS4L88 what he says may actually be truth. iwata and the rest of Nintendo may really care about their fan base but since when did mario or ANY Nintendo game need DLC for me or anyone else to play their games? i still bust out the the SNES, N64 and Gamecube games from time to time. this DLC nonsense just needs to die IMO. just suffer a horrible painful disturbing death and suffer in hell.

96augment
96augment

 @abHS4L88  You must be really tired of putting up that link. You must have put it up 10 times. I'm not trying to be negative or nothing. I'm just making an observation. 

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

 @DonnyKD  @atopp399 my bro and I played borderlands DLC and had a blast.  I think all of the CoD fanboys are still feeling ripped off.

SirApathetic005
SirApathetic005

 @abHS4L88  @atopp399 Saying it and doing it are two different things. We'll have to wait and see how things go before making judgments.

 

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

 @ZOD777  @Q-abs totally.  I too felt cheated when they re-released a newer version of SF4 as soon as they did.  SF4 was Feb 17 09, SSF4 was April 27 10.  All it offered was an updated roster.  I'll never buy another SF game now.

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @Q-abs  @Cryptic_Shadow That bothers me too, so I don't buy most games day 1 anymore.  I was especially jaded about Street Fighter 4.  Only several months later Super SF4 came out.  Then SFxTekken with the disc locked characters.  The practices revolving around DLC are a bit shady.  (Yes I know SSF4 is not DLC, but it might as well have been).

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

 @Q-abs i agree with you 100%.  also i hope you didn't think i was implying that you were complaining.  cheers mate. :)

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @superkadeemx I played Metal Gear Solid on the Playstation and we had Soul Calibur 2. I also had Gauntlet Legends for Dreamcast and played Viewtiful Joe, it's mainly the 1st party games that I missed out on since I couldn't really buy games back then and my brother was never really a big Nintendo fan. We grew up on Sega so when the Dreamcast died out, my brother moved onto Sony and Nintendo.

 

I'll try to get my hands on the Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii :D 

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

 @abHS4L88 whaaat?!  sunshine, wind waker, metroid prime, star fox, fire emblem, metal gear solid 1 remake, soul caliber 2, resident evil viewtiful joe, gauntlet dark legacy. GREAT TIMES! you must get them games 1day man. the gamecube has a couple gems worth checking out in 2012.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @superkadeemx 

Yeah, we're all different, and I'm sure there's a lot of people who feel the same way I do so it's good that Nintendo now has that option if they want to make use of it. 

 

Don't worry, I'll definitely get it, same with Windwaker, missed out on a lot of awesome Gamecube games :P

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

 @abHS4L88 i happen to be one of those gamers, Sunshine was a great game it definitely deserves a sequel. You should get the game when it comes available to you. I tend to get sad myself when i get close to the end of a mario game and i was still left wanting more after galaxy 2 but if its the end of the game its the end and im satisfied. i'd rather them end the game with a bang than to prolong the inevitable.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @superkadeemx 

I know that and Galaxy 2 did get those comments unfortunately, but I agree, anyone who just writes it off can just yell "YOLO!" and run down a mountain :D

 

With Mario games though, when it's done, I tend to feel sad sometimes because it's like "It's over and I want to play more." so adding in additional levels while crafting new games (for me) seems like a good way to keep the game alive while waiting for the next title. 

 

Plus we've seen how radically different each 3D Mario title tends to be which is why Galaxy 2 was created because Nintendo recognized how much potential the original had and didn't want to just leave it at that, and thank goodness they decided to make a sequel. 

 

I know tons of gamers are still dying for a Sunshine sequel (never played it but if it appears on Virtual Console, I'm soooo downloading it). 

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

 @abHS4L88 i dont remember ppl saying that about Galaxy 2 and if there are ppl saying that then they can go straight to a certain hot place. besides isnt DLC still rehashing ideas for an old game anyway? 1nce a game has been defeated then its over. i thought replay value was based on how good the initial game was, the secrets/glitches that couldve been missed or to kick a really hard boss's ass effortlessly the 2nd time around. downloading an xtra level for a game thats been beaten makes me think that could've been used in entire new game. unlike call of duty Nintendo tends to put some actual effort into their sequels.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @superkadeemx 

But then people will just whine and complain saying "Oh look at Nintendo just rehashing ideas again, Mario's the new CALL OF DUTY!" This could be more effective and would drive sales of the original game, especially if the content is free.

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

 @abHS4L88 good point or save them DLC ideas and make a super mario 3d land 2. get an entire brand new game verses 5-10 levels

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @superkadeemx 

Then again, there's only a certain amount of content you can include with the initial game and with the Super Mario games being spaced out compared to before, DLC is a good way to keep these titles alive for 3-4 years as long as Nintendo keeps the DLC at a low price or even better, free :D

I wouldn't care much for the challenge stages, but I'd gladly pay $2.50 for like 5-10 more levels in Super Mario 3D Land.

96augment
96augment

 @Rovelius I guess we just have to wait to see how good the DLC will be.

Rovelius
Rovelius

 @96augment  For what it's worth, I've been reading these "Iwata Asks" interviews for a long time and I've never seen a lie in those.

96augment
96augment

 @abHS4L88  I just hope what Iwata said is true. I have no reason to think he's lying or anything like that. I'm just a cynical guy.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @96augment 

Nah, it's a good statement from Iwata and I don't expect every person who comments to scroll down this page so I don't mind sharing it if it makes them feel better :P

fsocristao
fsocristao

 @DonnyKD  @fsocristao Sorry man, didn't mean to disrespect you. It just makes me mad that you pay 40 - 60 bucks (man that's a LOT of money) to a game that comes incomplete. Iwata's word from the link above isn't true. I believe when they launch a game, they should start working on another one, only then the game would've been complete. If they have the ideas but don't put it into the retail package, they're already holding something back.

 

The actual DLC idea is totally wrong. DLC should be like a prize for players that complete some things in a game, for example if you achieve something you unlock a new level. The idea is to expand the game right? When people go after that achievement they will be playing more and will be rewarded for that. Achievements should actually reward you, not just give you points or silly trophies.

DonnyKD
DonnyKD

 @fsocristao Implying that DLC can't be good.

Maybe you should get out of your Capcom rock, and play some Fire Emblem Awakening.