Update (Wed 25th Sep, 2019 10:55 BST): It turns out there's been a bit of a mix-up. The dataminers who found apparent evidence of Super Mario Party DLC were actually looking at files from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
Fortunately, the unused board is for Super Mario Party and it reportedly translates to "Sky Building" – suggesting it was going to be its own standalone board, but never made it into the final game.
GameXplain also got in contact with Ziella and was provided with two additional "unused items" that allegedly can't be found anywhere else. They may or may not be early versions of other items. Take a look below:
Original Story (Tue 24th Sep, 2019 03:05 BST): Just about every Nintendo title during the Switch generation seems to be receiving updates and DLC. Games like ARMS and Mario Tennis Aces have received a large amount of free content, other titles receive expansion passes and last week we found out Luigi's Mansion 3 would receive paid multiplayer updates.
So why did Super Mario Party miss out on additional content and was anything extra ever planned for it? According to a dataminer by the name of Ziella and their associate justcamtro, there might have actually been plans for DLC packs and even a season pass of sorts. Here's the supposed evidence within Super Mario Party's code:
A screenshot of an unused board was also dug up. The source believes it could be an early version of Kamek's Tantalising Tower or perhaps a concept for a Super Mario Odyssey board.
It's a surprise Nintendo didn't release DLC for Super Mario Party. When the game arrived, it sold better than expected - shifting 1.5 million copies within its first month. President Shuntaro Furukawa said it was a return to form for the series and mentioned how Nintendo expected it to become an evergreen title.
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