Poll: Are You in the DLC Brigade?

More and more is on offer

The arrival of New Super Luigi U — our review of which will be posted this weekend — is, as we've argued, a potential evolution of paid-DLC and budget retail titles, as Nintendo seeks to produce a package significant enough to be a fairly expensive (comparatively) piece of add-on software and, on the flipside, a standalone disc game. It could also help Nintendo fill future release gaps with similar expansions, if the experiment is a success.

It's the latest step into the brave new world of add-on paid-DLC from Nintendo, but comes on the heels of various other high profile examples. Nintendo had dabbled with paid-DLC before the Coin Rush packs of New Super Mario Bros. 2, but nevertheless it seemed like the most high-profile example in the company's limited history in the area. We've not exactly had a rush of such content since then, for sure, but Nintendo has stressed — in the company of shareholders, mainly — that the digital realm will be a key business area. The significant success to date of download retail games on the 3DS is probably the standout, but the extensive range of paid-DLC packs in Fire Emblem: Awakening perhaps set the tone. It seems to depend on the franchise, however, as Animal Crossing: New Leaf's additional content is all free.

One thing seems certain, additional paid content seems to have an inevitably enhanced role in the future of games on both 3DS and Wii U; let's not forget that some — though notoriously not all — third parties have served up extras on the Wii U eShop. We also know that Nintendo is planning a free-to-play release by March 2014, apparently with some relation to Steel Diver. If Nintendo is serious about increasing digital revenue beyond retail downloads, it'll have to push all of these areas.

But paid-DLC is a sticky topic for some, especially as, until recent times, it's not been particularly prominent in Nintendo games. We want to know where you stand on the content we've seen so far (from Nintendo, specifically), and what could still come; as always you can share your views in the polls and comments below.

Did you pick up any New Super Mario Bros. 2 Coin Rush Packs? (441 votes)

I grabbed a bundle deal or more than one

31%

I only tried one

7%

I only downloaded the free retro pack

28%

I want to, but haven't bought any

7%

I'm not sure they're worth it

8%

I don't want any of them

18%

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Have you bought any of the Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC? (424 votes)

I've bought a lot of maps, my poor wallet!

21%

I've bought a few maps / a pack or two, and I'm slowly building the collection

25%

I've only download the free map so far

12%

I want to, but haven't bought any

16%

I'm not sure they're worth it

9%

I don't want any of them

16%

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Will you get New Super Luigi U, and if so in what form? (496 votes)

I've already bought it as a download add-on for New Super Mario Bros. U

23%

I'm thinking about picking it up as DLC

22%

I'm waiting for the disc version

29%

I will buy it, but haven't decided on a format

6%

I'm undecided whether I even want the game

12%

I'm not interested in New Super Luigi U, regardless of format

9%

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Would you like to see Nintendo release more small paid-DLC products (like map packs) in the future? (535 votes)

Absolutely, they add value to games

21%

Yeah, as long as the core disc/cart content isn't compromised

49%

I'm not sure, to be honest

9%

I'm not keen, but could be persuaded if it looks worthwhile

14%

No way, I don't want paid-DLC from Nintendo

8%

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Would you like Nintendo to release more expansive (Luigi U-style) DLC in the future? (528 votes)

Absolutely, it adds value to games

33%

Yeah, as long as the core disc/cart content isn't compromised

50%

I'm not sure, to be honest

5%

I'm not keen, but could be persuaded if it looks worthwhile

6%

No way, I don't want paid-DLC from Nintendo

5%

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What do you think of paid-DLC, as an overall concept? (546 votes)

I'm a big fan, and always look forward to buying extra content

3%

I quite like it, as long as the core game / extra DLC balance is right

59%

I'm not decided yet

7%

It can be OK, but I think it's a negative more often than it's a positive

21%

I think all content should be on the disc / cart, without charges for extras

10%

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