One historic moment turned. . . corporate?
Nintendo is new to the HD scene. They’re really new to the DLC scene, with many worrying that this step up to the modern age of gaming may turn them into the sort of money-hungry publisher that EA, Activision, and Ubisoft have morphed in to
as of late as of the past five years.
While they’ve done just fine in the DLC arena with New Super Luigi U and the Pikmin 3 DLC packs, they’ve shown their petty side with the Hyrule Warriors pre-order DLC. Three retailers, three separate costume packs . Cosmetic items, sure, but a depressing sign: even Nintendo has bowed before the might of brick & mortar.
With this hanging over us, there still remain two large questions for us, the Wii U owners.
Super Smash Bros 4. Mario Kart 8.
Will there be DLC? If so, what kind?
If any games could benefit from DLC, it would be kart racers. Allow me to solely focus on Mario Kart here, for the time being.
I’m still dumb-struck as to why SEGA refused to create or release DLC tracks for either of their Sonic & Sega/All Stars Racing titles. They premiered on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, both with online multiplayer. Both with disc-locked content in the form of Metal Sonic and a random track included. Why were DLC tracks never created? Why ignore a game that could have benefited from DLC, in one of the few rare instances where it would have been welcomed?
SEGA never really cared, I suppose. It made me think on how Nintendo would approach this, what kind of goodies we’d get. More characters? Retro carts? SNES skins? Track packs (which would be the most beautiful form of DLC for a kart racer) from classic games or crossover areas from other Nintendo franchises?
Well, roll out the red carpets and pop the champagne. Get the paparazzi gathered around and start snappin’ pics!
Nintendo has confirmed, for the first time in the history of the franchise, that Mario Kart will receive DLC. They did so with gusto, trumpets proudly playing the theme to Mario Bros as Miyamoto descended upon us on the fluffiest of clouds. He looked down upon all of us, smiling, as he extended his hand, the information splayed on his palm.
Mario Kart 8’s first DLC would be…. Mercedes-Benz promotional karts.
….Wuh? The hell kind of kick-off is that? Sure, it’s not the end of the world and it’s not even that big a deal, but it’s weird. Come on, this is the first DLC you have EVER released for this series. This is your system seller! Why is your first big push. . . cross promotional material with a car company? It doesn’t make any sense.
Maybe I’m just a fool, with incorrect thoughts on what ‘proper DLC’ really means. Maybe, just maybe, Nintendo knows best.
Well, what the hell? At least it’s free. And the Mercedes Cup will be launching on August 27th, running until September 23rd, an online mode where players can race in their hot new Mercedes-Benz karts.
I need a shower, I can feel the slime of the PR.