http://lesmasphotos.com/author/lesterfts/page/8/ Ever since the last gaming generation, Downloadable Content has become an integral part of gaming. Adding optional new content to games for people to purchase is a wonderful idea, but it has gotten to the point where developers are cutting out content from a completed game and selling it as DLC. At this point, there are few developers/publishers that have been keeping DLC as it should be; Nintendo is one of those cases.
http://mmma.org.uk/slide/mmma-slide2/ Now, Nintendo stayed out of this aspect of gaming until the most recent years, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It has allowed them to see how other developers have implemented DLC into their games, for better or worse. With that kind of knowledge, one would say that Nintendo has got it all figured out. That wouldn’t be far from the truth, as they are soon to be releasing the first pack of content for Mario Kart 8.
The value that comes with DLC packs is the fact that if you buy them bundled, you save some money. Sure, it may not be much of a discount, but it’s better than buying separately. Mario Kart 8‘s DLC packs cost $7.99 a piece and $11.99 bundled. When you add both the DLC and the game’s content together, you will have a total of 48 tracks, 36 characters and 37 vehicles to choose from. On top of that, you get 8 color variations for both Shy Guy and Yoshi for purchasing the bundle in advance.
This is exactly why Nintendo has it right. Not only is the pricing just right, but it extends the longevity and replay value of the game. Speaking of replay value and longevity, not all games should receive DLC. The upcoming Super Smash Bros. is a good example of this. The previous entry in the series, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, had a plethora of content available from the get go. It is more than likely going to be similar in terms of content for the new game. Therefore, it would be safe to presume that it’s not going to be getting DLC.
Now, if Nintendo can find the perfect balance of games that are and aren’t getting DLC, then everything should be fine. It looks to be a bright future for them, and with their quality, there will be hardly any equal to them on both games and DLC.
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