Published on February 5th, 2014 | by Darren Bolton

A Random Thought – Mario Kart DLC

Nintendo haven’t exactly been pioneers when it comes to DLC, or online in general to be truthful; but they have had their moments. Monthly free challenges in Mario Kart, free DLC in Band Bros and Taiko Drum Master, their unique pricing structure in Darumeshi Sports Store. But they’ve dipped their toes in rather than fully embraced it.

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Mario Kart is an obvious title they will consider for DLC, and I imagine a lot of fans would be desperate for additional tracks. Who wouldn’t want to play every track ever created in one game?!  The argument against this is how it splits the userbase up in online matches, Call of Duty has this  problem of fragmenting the user base every time it releases its DLC; and Nintendo definitely won’t want to alienate anyone or make their big family, party game more complicated. Here, we have a solution.

Quite simply, make all DLC free for online only. That means there is no segregation, there’s always new content for players to play which heightens the value for money.

Then offer, as paid for DLC, the cups (we presume they’d release them in cups)  available for offline play and time trials, and an extra character to play as. All for £4.99.

FREE
– all tracks and battle stages for online play

For £4.99
– 4 tracks
– 1 battle stage
– 1 new character
– online and offline

This solves all problems, whilst still having more than enough value for people to want to buy the pack.

The characters can also act as a form of advertising; when online players see a new character, it may tempt them further to buy the pack. It would be even more exciting if the additional characters weren’t just the superfluous characters that loiter on the outskirts of the Mario universe; but how about SNES styled versions of the characters?! Or new skins like Dr Mario for example?

I am desperate for DLC in Mario Kart 8, but understand the reasons not to. This is a potentially risky solution, but at the same time the kind of different approach Nintendo could take. I certainly hope so.

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