DLC developed after launch for Super Mario Bros 2 3DS? Madness.
Frustrated that DLC is cut, expensive and poor quality content? Nintendo’s DLC won’t do any of that, apparently
The Mass Effect DLC saga of content being intentionally, or rumored to be, pushed back for DLC caused fans to question whether they should give companies money for content that should have been in the game. At its Nintendo Direct conference, where the larger 3DS was confirmed, Nintendo revealed that all of its DLC will be developed post-launch and won’t be cut content.
That news came from the Nintendo Direct conference, where president Reggie Fils-Aime spoke. Fils-Aime revealed DLC would come in the form of additional Coin Rush levels for New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the Nintendo 3DS, which is built around items being gold and collecting as many coins as possible.
Fils-Aime repeated during Direct that no content would be left out of the game for the purpose of selling, all of the content would be developed post-release and didn’t reveal any release date. Why? Because the content hasn’t been built yet.
Nintendo hasn’t supported DLC since, well, forever. It didn’t exist in the Wii, but the pressure for the Wii U to support basic features has transferred over to the 3DS. A user on NeoGAF made an Apple analogy: Nintendo is incredibly late to the DLC game, but is learning from past company’s mistakes. DLC is extra, supplemental, optional content. In no way should DLC impact a game, such expanding the story like the Mass Effect 3 DLC, and in no way should it be content that you should have originally paid for.
Better Late Than Never
To continue the analogy, when Apple introduced copy-and-paste in iOS its implementation was best-in-class: users held down a finger, moved a magnifying glass around to zoom in on words of phrases and then clicked copy. Sliders are dragged to select multiple words.
Whether the content will be any good or not remains to be seen, but at least Nintendo is learning from competitor’s mistakes rather than playing catch-up to justify that it’s implementing needed features.
Looking into the future it could also be a sign of how Nintendo is going to build its online system on the Wii U, which will hopefully scrap the long-winded 16-digit friend codes.