Which Other ‘Old’ Switch Games Would You Like To See Get New DLC? – Talking Point
Hands up who really thought we were getting new DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in 2022?
We certainly don’t; we were all set and ready for the announcement of Mario Kart 9
But Nintendo clearly had other ideas to breathe new life into a five-year-old (or eight if you’re running the original Wii U, which you should do). Initially, it was a decision that no doubt confused a lot of people, including this writer, who was there on day one and has been playing some form of Mario Kart 8 for years. But now that we’ve had time to digest it all, the only question on our minds is: “Of course, why not?” After all, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold over 40 million copies to this point, so it makes sense for Nintendo to take advantage of that while supporting their Nintendo Switch Online service.
It made us think too. If an “old” evergreen game like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can get brand new DLC, what other games would we like to see given new life? Rumor has it that Mario Party Superstars is getting DLC, but it came out last October. Hardly an “old” game, huh?
So sit back, dear readers, as we look at some hypothetical scenarios where some of our most beloved Switch games will get new downloadable content…
Super Mario Odyssey DLC
Released back in 2017, Super Mario Odyssey is already filled with features, with over 15 kingdoms for you to explore at your leisure, from the delightful Metro Kingdom to the nail-hard Darker Side, the latter of which is challenging enough to put even the most seasoned Mario fans to the test. However, like everything worth having, we just want over — please, more levels, Nintendo. The gameplay in which you use Cappie to overcome obstacles, beat up enemies, and collect coins is pretty timeless in our opinion, so why change a good thing?
In terms of what levels we would like to see, we think it would be easy-beautiful if the game paid homage to past levels of 3D Mario the same way the Mushroom Kingdom did. How about the extended Delfino Island? Or maybe Gusty Garden Galaxy? Who are we kidding, just give us the new Dire Dire Docks with an updated soundtrack!
Like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a fighter with motion controls.
ARMS already got batches of DLC here and there – most of it was also free. We’re big fans of the game (at least some of us), but in the years since its release, enthusiasm for the new Nintendo IP has undoubtedly waned, so it certainly makes us wonder how successful a full-fledged sequel will be. . actually it would be.
Over 2 million copies have been sold, and ARMS – a brand new intellectual property, you’ll remember – was hardly a flop, so we think it might make sense to test the waters first with some new DLC. Nintendo could play it safe and just introduce a few more fighters, stages here and there, and maybe a new model. But how about updating the whole experience with a whole boatload of new material?
It can be called Super ARMS EX’ Turbo Alpha. Or no.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 DLC
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a game we’d rather get in a full sequel than a DLC (haunted theme park, anyone? Oooh, matron!). The game as such has a very solid set of themed levels courtesy of the hotel floor, but there is nonetheless always room for more.
We really enjoyed almost all of the levels in the base game, especially Paranormal Productions, and Castle MacFrights, but we would also love a level based around a top-notch restaurant or maybe an indoor water park – heck, even a spooky nursery!
Again, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a game that has already received some DLC for its multiplayer component, but we think the main campaign is just hungry for some hot new content. Apart from the new floors, how about a couple of new abilities for the Poltergust G-00?
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DLC
The challenge is to remake such a beloved game with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was no doubt a Herculean task for developer Grezzo, who needed to strike a delicate balance between paying homage to the original Game Boy classic and presenting something new for fans. One of the new additions to the game was the “Chamber Dungeon Creator” – a great idea that never materialized.
As for the new DLC for Link’s Awakening, we think an extended version of the dungeon maker would be just elegant. We didn’t expect anything on the level Super Mario Creator (in fact, this idea has already been hard closed), but some new layouts, items, enemies (maybe even something from another Zelda timeline) might just give this feature a little more life and give us a reason to go back to Koholint.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars add-on
That’s right, it’s a little obvious, and there’s also a tiny problem in that Super Mario 3D All-Stars is actually no longer available outside of used physical copies (unless you stumble upon a new copy, which is admittedly not that hard).
However, it would be remiss not to ask Nintendo to re-enable Super Mario Galaxy 2 – just a small DLC to complete the package! Come on, Nintendo, this could be such an easy win!
Also, just release the full game again.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC… Uh, wait!
Okay, just slow down – yes, we know Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is about to receive new DLC (after all, that’s what this thread is all about).
There will be 48 new levels in total in the game,
And we’ll probably be a little greedy if we ask for more, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get new characters or cards, right? One of the big discussions ahead of the announcement of the Booster Course Pack was whether the next Mario Kart would actually become a “Nintendo Kart”, expanding the Mario Kart 8 roster of non-Mushroom Kingdom characters and courses from other Nintendo IPs. We think Nintendo would do well to take the plunge with even more DLC based on franchises such as Metroid, Kirby, Pikmin – all of this is now on Switch – and more. Imagine walking around Coconut Mall as Samus or Ridley!
On the other hand, we’ve already asked if more Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC is a good idea, and the vast majority of you nice people have made it quite clear that you’d rather Nintendo make a full sequel. Maybe we’re just unimaginative. Or maybe we just can’t figure out why we still can’t ride Kirby cards.
That’s all! We understand that none of the above is likely to come true, but hey, we can dream, right? Super Mario Party received an online update a couple of years after it happened – stranger things have happened!