3DS game Mario Golf: World Tour getting 108 downloadable holes, buy them all for $15

Nintendo to release Mushroom, Flower, and Star packs for 3DS mascot golfing game; they also include new playable characters.

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Nintendo today announced that a total of 108 new downloadable holes and additional Mushroom Kingdom golfers will be available for 3DS game Mario Golf: World Tour as DLC.

The add-ons will be released in three separate packs. The Mushroom Pack will be available when Mario Golf: World Tour arrives on May 2, while the Flower Pack arrives later that month, and the Star Pack will round out the add-ons when it hits sometime in June.

Each expansion includes two 18-hole courses and a new playable character. Toadette comes with the Mushroom Pack, Nabbit with the Flower Pack, and Rosaline with the Star Pack. You can buy the expansions separately from within Mario Golf: World Tour for $6 each, or together through a DLC pass for $15.

If you buy the Mario Golf: World Tour season pass, you'll receive all three expansions as soon as they become available, and you'll also get a special Gold Mario character. Gold Mario has a unique Golden Flower shot that gains coins for every yard it travels.

If you don't want to buy the DLC pass, you can still get Gold Mario after all three expansions are released. Nintendo did not, however, say how much you'll need to pay for Gold Mario in this situation.

Finally, Nintendo announced that it will hold special Trial Tournaments inside Mario Golf: World Tour for players who want to try the expansions before they buy them. Each tournament will offer a "sample" of the downloadable courses, and you can even compete against other players in online tournaments.

For more on Mario Golf: World Tour, be sure to read GameSpot's latest preview.

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jark888

Paying for holes? Imaging how far will DLC go? Now that they're milking from holes.

I doubt that microtransaction and DLC trends would last a decade. When they fade down to theirs obsolescence, those who've spent too much on them will realize how foolish they are.

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I don't mind DLC overall, but isn't this a bit steep? I don't want them to end up like Capcom and how they abuse DLC or put in DLC for stupid things that can be unlockables in the game. I already heard that the Fire Emblem Awakening DLC is sh*t so I hope this DLC is worth the money.

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lilreider

<< LINK REMOVED >> Well considering that the game is retailing at 30$ and the DLC basically doubles the about of holes that come with the game I would say its a pretty solid deal. I plan on playing through everything that comes with the game and then deciding if I wanna get the season pass or not.

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SolidTy

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I have nothing against DLC if well implemented. This game seems to lend itself to DLC, and that's fine. But not a dime will go to Nintendo (from thousands of users like me) for anything digital until they sort their accounts out. At this point, I'm fairly convinced that it's not that they don't know how, it's they refuse to. They could easily do so if they desired. Giving people accounts:

1) Takes control out of Nintendo's hands. They're petrified of this.

2) They want to encourage people to re-buy the same games over and over. Tying accounts to the console is conducive to this.

Pulling digital purchases off an account tied to hardware and placing it in the cloud to be able to be downloaded to any system after only bought once robs Nintendo of potential redundant revenue. I've seen many people on various boards saying they've bought games over and over so I've no doubt Nintendo's making good money from this policy. They are essentially viewing and treating digital content as physical products without the physicality.

From a business perspective I can see why they don't want to do it but it's a very anti-consumer move motivated solely by greed. Nintendo is going to fight tooth and nail every step of the way against giving us accounts not tied to machines for as long as it's able. This affects users like me with multiple Wii Us. This affects all users that eventually suffer a Wii U system breakdown. This affects users who buy a new Wii U or have a Wii U stolen.

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SolidTy

I don't mind Nintendo doing DLC...

However, I only buy Nintendo Wii U retail games and I don't support their online offerings until they fix the Nintendo Network and it's approach to consumers. I'm penalized for owning two Wii Us? They need to get their act together because vast legions of consumers like me are just waiting and not buying. We have the money Nintendo, fix this Nintendo Account anti consumer garbage.

DLC is fine, but how Nintendo is has their Network setup is not. It's a shame, hundreds of fans are waiting for a fix and they are losing out on that revenue.

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DarkColossus44

Noooo. Please don't go down the dlc route nintendo

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chadwick1343

Oh boy, not good..


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kirbymaster5

Although I'm never 100% for Nintendo attempting DLC, every time they do it's at least reasonable. Nearly doubling the amount of holes in the game (it already had more holes than Toadstool Tour without DLC) for half the price of the game is okay. I think for a niche title like this it's tolerable. Only when The Legend of Zelda has retailer-exclusive pre-order DLC and a season pass for dungeon packs do they join the rest of the industry in hell.

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Gannon27

Interesting, Nintendo has finally entered the "Season Pass" dlc concept. I think $15 dollars for that amount of extra content is great and will be getting a pass.

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foxhound_fox

People complaining about $15 for a ton of extra content while those same people might turn around and accept $5-9 map packs for Call of Duty?

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Super_C

I hate that if I buy this game for my son and me to share (we each own a 3DS), I have to buy the DLC twice. It makes me not want the game at all.

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Tiwill44

<< LINK REMOVED >> Look at it this way: a 3DS game is normally $40. This one is $30, but you can buy all these extra maps for $15. So basically, the full game (with all the DLC) is only $5 more than a regular 3DS game, so it's not that bad.

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Super_C

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If only that were true. When I buy a "regular" game, I can use it in my 3DS or my son can use it in his. However, if we both want to be able to play *this* game with all DLC, I have to buy the DLC twice. That makes it $60.

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SolidTy

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>They have had since the Gamecube to start taking notes for online gaming. They had the entire Wii generation to take notes on how to handle DLC, but if they are making money of users to continue to keep RE-buying digital copies, well no wonder.

I love Nintendo, I bought their NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, and Wii U at launches. Same for handhelds. But while I did buy games on Wii VC, I did so out of ignorance and it was only this generation that I realized how backwards their digital policies truly are. I hope more people wake up because if enough people vote with their wallets, Nintendo will have no choice but to look at Steam, GOG, PSN, XBL, etc and conform to consumer demands.

I will continue buying physical retail copies of 3DS and Wii U games, but I won't buy anything from their online store until they fix this anti consumer account nonsense. It's a shame, as I would love to support their online store...and I know I speak for vast number of RL friends as well.

I think some people are too young or naive and simply just don't understand the Nintendo Network online-account issue.

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canuckbiker

Strange, people always tell me Nintendo doesn't do dlc.

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Pcmasterace

This article, (typical of gamespot) fails to mention that they took 10$ off the original price of the game. So the game plus all the dlc is 45$, only 5$ more than a normal 3ds game. Gamers are so self entitled its sickening. They act like this game isn't finished. In what reality is 10 courses not a finished game? But i forgot, you are forced to pay for dlc so thus it is a ripoff.

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arrow2thekneeXD

Anyone else feeling really depressed and worried about the future of Nintendo games like Smash bros. or Mario Kart 8?

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >> If done right DLC can be a great addition to a existing game. I can already imagine almost doubling the existing number of tracks to 64 with track packs for MK8. I might finally get Toad as a fighter with a SSB DLC.

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bunchanumbers

Hey did you know if you went to a sears store that isn't doing well you might find a Wii U on sale for 99$? Nintendolife article shows this.

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hystavito

<< LINK REMOVED >> WiiU prices have been slashed many times, even early 2013 there were already some crazy deals, especially on the Basic model. Although, I don't recall it ever being that low.

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canuckbiker

Have you found a Sears store that is doing well?

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MarioFanaticXV

Remember the days when we could buy a full game? Remember the days when developers had to make expansions and sequels if they wanted more money? Remember when our games weren't locked to an account, and we could sell, trade, or give them to someone else if we no longer wanted them? I miss those days.

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Stealth____

World Tour is already the biggest Mario Golf game ever.


ANY complaining about DLC has no merrit.

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ACMC85

<< LINK REMOVED >> Yes, we do actually. I'm not sorry we have differing opinions on pay walls. If this content weren't done ahead of time, it would be fine. Seems like these courses could have been withheld. Biggest Mario Golf game ever huh? Guess minor updates are alright with you. I'm happy to know rich snots like you pay out the ass. Well, I mean mommy must let you have it after a hissy fit.


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sanchango

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Being able to pay $15 for all those courses is called being rich? Man if that's the case, I must be a millionaire based on your statement. The game itself is $30 + $15 DLC is $45, about 5 dollars above the usual 3DS price. This is over one game, had he complained over, ohh I don't know DLC from other games such as CoD, Battlefield, where you only get 2-3 maps per DLC, then yes you have a point.

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arrow2thekneeXD

The game is $30 dollars. The DLC is $15. $30 +$15= $45. The DLC is also day one..Why not just ship the content that is done with the game! why! why! why!

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >> I don't blame Nintendo. I blame the gaming community in general for supporting Day 1 DLC and Season Passes. If they didn't do this then this plague wouldn't have infected Nintendo as well. It was bound to happen sooner or later. The gaming community has shown itself to be mindless sheep that'll pay for anything for a long time now. Nintendo would be foolish not to go this route eventually. The next Nintendo console will feature a XBL Gold premium and will feature many new DLCs and MTs.

And its gamings own fault for not supporting Wii U and their current business model.

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hystavito

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I have always said that gamers are extremely wimpy as consumers :).

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arrow2thekneeXD

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yeah..it's sad.

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bunchanumbers

And in other news a new Fatal Frame game is coming to Wii U! The rich get richer.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> We don't know about other countries. All that's confirmed is it will be released in Japan, no news about being released to the U.S., Europe, Australia

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Crazyguy105

For $15, that's honestly not bad. Why is everyone freaking out over this again?


Frankly, I'd wish they'd give another 8-12 tracks as DLC for Mario Kart 8 for $15.

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arrow2thekneeXD

<< LINK REMOVED >> Because these things were once unlockables in past games.

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ACMC85

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>I remember those days. It was a lot more fun and I didn't have to worry about getting half a game. As it is, I am getting Mario Kart 8 anyway.

At least it isn't the same problem we have with Warner Brothers. They rather charge us more for DLC content, than fix a game breaking bug. I won't buy DLC though. Have yet to and need a really good reason to justify it.

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I don't blame Nintendo. I blame the gaming community in general for supporting Day 1 DLC and Season Passes. If they didn't do this then this plague wouldn't have infected Nintendo as well.

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EndlessMunkee

I was so looking forward to this game....Now I'm depressed.

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19James89

Oh Nintendo! I know you're losing a lot of money at the moment but angering people with pointless DLC isn't going to change your fortunes.

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exedeath

I like how they word it. basically you will be paying for 6 new courses, and some playable characters. That is pretty good for 15 bucks.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> agreed, you wouldn't expect this kind of practice from nintendo but it's already happening, in the past i would confidently say nintendo releases games full and complete and you get what you pay for, but i can't even say that anymore, but to add to the insult 3ds and wii u games are quite expensive in the uk and stay at a fixed price for a long time too.

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Pcmasterace

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>IN what reality is 10 courses (the biggest of any mario golf game) not a finished game? This is why i don't call myself a gamer. 90% of gamers are stereotypical entitled pissed off basement dwellers.

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EndlessMunkee

@huyi12 @arrow2thekneeXD Nintendo has always made its cash off of crazy expensive extra peripherals.


40$ pro controller

60$ nunchuk

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Quarkzquarkz

Who even plays nintendo games? I'm surprised they're not bankrupt yet. You'd have to be absolutely mental to be playing a 2ds or a 1ds or wii u or whatever its called.. =(

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DrKill09

<< LINK REMOVED >> I shit on Nintendo all the time, but at least I know what their consoles are.


And I at least admit they were once great. The NES and SNES were awsome, and the 64, while disappointing, was still pretty damn good overall.


Try harder next time, if you want to troll.

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Quarkzquarkz

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> MUAHAHAHA, ANOTHER VICTUM!! ^__^

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delete-EasyComeEasyGo

First I would like to say that I do apologize for my error. Second I don't defend Nintendo, (they can be a little sneaky) I just don't see how The DLC is a rip-off if there is a Trial so what's the fuss about?

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