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New Super Mario Bros. U To Jump Into DLC

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Additional courses planned

New Super Mario Bros. 2 did something new for the core Mario franchise: it introduced DLC. While much of the game may have felt familiar — not always a bad thing — the idea of extra content being made available after release was new for the series, and has added some longevity to the Coin Rush mode. In an Iwata Asks dedicated to New Super Mario Bros. U, it's been confirmed that DLC will make another appearance.

Mentioned as an almost casual aside, it was explained that new content is planned for the Wii U title but that it's not yet been started, with no confirmed details on which of the various modes will get extra courses.

Iwata: You've prepared a play space that all kinds of people can enjoy.

Tezuka: Yes. We also are planning additional courses.

Iwata: As with New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS, you're talking about the additional courses.

Tezuka: Yes. We're trying to think of ways of play that are different from New Super Mario Bros. 2, but we haven't made anything yet! (laughs)

Iwata: Right, rather than distributing content that's premade at a later date, you're going to start working on it now.

Iwamoto: Yes. The mechanism for adding courses is already there, so please stand by for an update on what they'll be like.

It's perhaps not surprising, at all, but shows that despite leaping in with a 2D Mario title at the start of the system's lifespan, Nintendo still hopes we'll be playing it for months and years to come. What do you think? Have you tried the DLC in New Super Mario Bros. 2, and are you interested in paying for optional extra courses?


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Sjoerd said:

Whoopdiedoo. I'm not even considering buying this game. I'm fed up with NSMB since wii. Waiting for Raman Legends to satisfy my platforming urge.



sr388survivor said:

I enjoy the dlc for nsmb2. it's a little pricey but still fun. It's nice to hear that they haven't developed a bunch of levels and are just waiting to add them later and charge for them.



Mollutje said:

I don't mind since Nintendo's approaches DLC in a more fair way than a company like EA for instance. I only bought the nerve wrack pack for nsmb2 since that one seemed the only one to give some significant new experience to the game, but I think it's a pretty neat little add-on for those who'd like more levels.



Punky said:

When will Nintendolife be reviewing launch titles?
New Super Mario Bros. U has already been getting some impressive review scores...same with nintenoland



Taceus said:

I've never played a NSMB game yet but seeing as some reviews are likening NSMBU to SMW (in spirit) I'm definitely grabbing it. And DLC (if good) sweetens the deal.



Burning_Spear said:

I'm OK with it if it's ancillary stuff, similar to the Coin Rush packs. But I feel like a Mario adventure should be on the disc in its entirety for posterity's sake. I wouldn't want whole extra worlds that would later become relegated to lost-level status after the Wii U has had its day. Like right now, someone can download SMW or SMB 3 and play the whole game as it was played when it was released. Nothing is missing. I wouldn't want anything less for this game or any Mario game. Again, rush-mode levels or the like are another thing entirely for me. Make as many as you want, but leave the main game alone.



NintyMan said:

Not that surprising, but it's definitely welcome news. Since there won't be a new NSMB for several more years, it would make sense for Nintendo to add some more extras to NSMBU so players could keep coming back to the game after more games release down the road. They seem to be doing a good job with it on NSMB2, so NSMBU will be the same way, only better.



GameLord08 said:

Tezuka: We're trying to think of ways of play that are different from New Super Mario Bros. 2...

This alone sounds promising.




Great point by Burning_Spear. I whole heartedly agree. As long as the core game is not altered, I'll always be happy with more content. It adds more replay value, which can be useful during those times where you're in between games or waiting for a new game release. You can revisit something like this for some fresh content without having to shell out a lot of cash.



Handy_Man said:

A level with constant flying with the Flying Squirel power-up would actually be pretty awesome!



Auracle said:

I do like Nintendo's approach to DLC. It seems unfair having to pay for something you already have on the disc. I am eager to give this a whirl.



Sun said:

I don't like what they did with NSMB2, short and pricey extra content. I don't think Mario is the kind of game to be divided into pieces as two people have wisely stated earlier.



aaronsullivan said:

DLC delivered this way has to earn it's cost and only the biggest fans will want to pay more. This is good for most of us whether we're big fans of particular games or not.

If DLC helps shore up profits, the core games of the future are worth risking more development effort and cost. It could even encourage bolder ideas to emerge in games that Nintendo has traditionally had to stay safe in.

In essence. it can help assure that we get our favorite games in better shape with no extra cost to anyone who doesn't want to download the extras.



ShadJV said:

If they have it a tad cheaper than it is on NSMB2, then this is excellent news. Maybe throw up some free stuff now and then too, like Christmas?



GamecubeMan said:

I would pay money for more HD Mario levels. Who knows, maybe the will add a couple of new modes as well



DarkNinja9 said:

wooooot! finally a good more on nintendo i just ordered my game so hearing this after would make it even better but yeah hate that i would have to buy point card to get these but still

would be cool to have a full xmas level even if it comes out late



pntjr said:

DLC is good to have, but I hope its not like "Hurpa Durpa World 1 Free, then buy other worlds for $5 each, hurr durr!"



Luffymcduck said:

New levels on the map please. I hated playing Nerve Wreck Pack on NSMB2 Coin Rush mode because first two levels are easy, I get to play a little the last one, then die on it and have to play those easy levels again!



alLabouTandroiD said:

With online leaderboards where you can compare your performance with every other player and also just your friends it could be more attractive than it is on the 3DS.



MitchVogel said:

DLC is a wonderful thing, but only if it's done right. I think nintendo has nailed it.



Henmii said:

Hopefully he means proper levels, or even worlds (at a decent price)!
So no coin rush-like stuff!!

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