Has Nintendo gone from a company that didn’t have any DLC, to one with some of the best?

Nintendo adopted DLC not too long ago, and yet, it seems that it has some of the best offers in the market. With extensive content for a reasonable price.


Villager amiibo has become one
of the rarest and most expensive
amiibo on the aftermaket.

Nintendo can be pointed at for some of their business decisions, with supply of amiibo and collector items not meeting with demand, their new Youtube program, lack of advertisement of their products, among other things. But when it comes down to their DLC, for the most part, has proved to be excelent. It has mainly to do with the fact that they’ve been releasing extensive amounts of content for very reasonable prices.

It’s important to notice first that before DLC arrives to a major game, it first releases a DLC, as some sort of test, Mario Kart 8 had the Mercedez Benz free cars. Hyrule Warriors had the free Ganondorf skin pack for people who owned it the first few weeks of release. And soon Super Smash Bros. will give away Mewtwo for free to owners of both the Wii U and 3DS versions. After releasing said free DLC, Nintendo then proceeds to deliver the paid DLC to said games.

Mario Kart 8 DLC pack has half the amount of tracks
the  retail game has for  a quarter its retail price.

Mario Kart 8 DLC packs 1 & 2, for example, together give you 16 new tracks and a handful of new vehicles and characters including Link of the Legend of Zelda and Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing for a quarter the price of the retail game.

Who knows if there’ll be any more DLC for Mario Kart 8, but many fans already have their lists of tracks and characters from previous entries in the series that they’d like to see make a comeback.

Link from Majora’s Mask is available
through Hyrule Warriors’ DLC

Hyrule Warriors is easily the Wii U’s most DLC-filled first party title to date, and its DLC doesn’t seem to be slowing down soon. Weapons, Costumes, Skins, Modes, Characters, the list is quite long, and while it isn’t as generous as Mario Kart’s offer, it’s also quite on a reasonable price, with maybe the exception of skin packs like those for Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf.

The list of DLC is so long now, that if you wanted to buy it all at once you would be paying just a bit short of the retail game, but for people eager to play more of Hyrule Warriors, the content is extensive and different enough to justify the buy.


Mewtwo was in the GameCube entry of the series,
Super Smash Bros, Melee, now is coming back as DLC.

We’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves when talking about Super Smash Bros. DLC. So far all there’s confirmed is the free Mewtwo we mentioned earlier, but honestly, it’s been hinted at so much in the past few months that its basically a fact that more DLC is coming. 

Whether it’s veteran fighters who didn’t return this for the latest entry (like the fan-favorite Mewtwo), stages from previous entries, or entirely new content, fans can’t wait to see what’s next for Smash.

Mario amiibo is one of the amiibo
compatible with the most games.

We touched earlier a bit upon the subject of amiibo, and they’ve turned into a popular new form of DLC, the interesting thing here is, these figurines have compatibility with different games, Mario amiibo, for example, is compatible with Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS, Mario Kart 8, and soon will be compatible with Captain Toad and Mario Party 10.

And they do different things in each game, in Smash, they turn into fighters you can train and level up. In Mario Kart they provide costumes for your Mii. In Hyrule Warriors, Link, Zelda and Sheik amiibo give you special items and all other amiibo give you Rupees or other goods. In Mario Party 10 they’ll unlock an amiibo-based mode. The list expands as new compatible games get announced and released.

It’s amazing how quickly Nintendo has adopted the concept of DLC on its releases in the past few years. These are but a few examples of this, we didn’t mention New Super Luigi U, or Pikmin 3’s DLC, or most of the upcoming titles that are compatible with amiibo. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

Nintendo’s Official Amiibo Site

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