Last night’s Nintendo Direct presentation introduced Super Mario fans, as well as Nintendo aficionados in general, to an unfamiliar concept, DLC. The announcement video details the specific DLC packs coming to New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Luckily, since the video is completely in Japanese, the good people over at joystiq took the time to roughly translate the names of the 3 content packages.
The first pack, aka the “Go! Go! As Gold Mario Pack”, will feature three levels focused around the Golden Mario ability with up to 30,000 coins to grab. The second pack, or the “Challenge the Record A Pack” will focus around leaderboards and posting top-scores on the game’s website. The final pack, or the “Survival Panic Pack”, will feature an extra hard set of levels. All three packs are for the Coin Rush mode, but you will only have the option to view these new levels if your SpotPass is activated for the game.
The first pack is set to release in Japan on October 2 for around 200 yen, which translates to roughly $2.50. There does not seem to be any official dates for the other packs, but the second and third are expected to drop at the end of October and in late November respectively. There is currently not any information on pricing or release dates for any region other than Japan.
DLC offerings from Nintendo are still a relatively new concept. A little over a month ago, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told vg247 what his company hopes to achieve through offering extra content.
“So our goal is to create DLC in such a way that consumers do not feel that they have been cheated or deceived,” he said. “Now I believe there are people out there, readers, who have are worried about that, and we just want to ensure them that we have that in mind and want them to know that that’s not what we are planning on doing.”
Watch Mario blast through tons of bricks with his golden fireballs in the official Nintendo Direct video announcement.