Downloadable content can be a bittersweet feature in gaming, but can be foolproof when it’s executed correctly. There are the worst case scenarios like Street Fighter X Tekken and Beautiful Katamari where a portion of the game was deliberately omitted to be sold separately for an additional digital price even though the content was already on the disc. This did not fly well with consumers, and the video game industry has been seeking some sort of equilibrium in balancing the ushering in of a digital age with the physical. Even Nintendo has gotten in on the action with games like Fire Emblem: Awakening and Pikmin 3 where a host of newly created levels were available for purchase well after the game’s release. Generously, they even gave out a slew of content at no charge. Ideally, if there’s going to be any DLC at all, this is the way to go.
Naturally, with the new release of Mario Kart 8, consumers are expecting DLC in some form for the racer. In fact, they’re hoping for some. Resident staffer Chaz reviewed the game and thought it was wonderful, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any room for improvement. Japan has even received the first bit of DLC in the form of a Mercedes Benz available as a custom vehicle free for players to download. Free advertising is great news for the car company, but Nintendo’s comfort with the idea of downloadable content is all the more comforting to players hoping to see more out of their favorite games. Let’s see how we can get even more out of the new Mario Kart 8 though: