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Talking Point: Should Nintendo Keep Releasing DLC For Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

Nintendo Life writes: "Nintendo's games traditionally have much longer legs than those released by other companies, and it's fair to assume that Switch owners are just as likely to invest in 'classic' games as they are to snap up new releases; keeping Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the spotlight is, therefore, a sound business strategy. But how far should Nintendo take this approach? Should the company release even more DLC for the game, or should it eventually draw the line and create an all-new Mario Kart for Switch?"

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PhoenixUp27d ago

I finally get to see an Inkling next to a blooper

My life is complete 😅

Moonman27d ago

Why not both new DLC courses for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and eventually a Mario Kart 9 for Switch? I have come to the conclusion that I will never stop playing Mario Kart 8 (lol). I love the game and have bought it twice (Wii U and Switch) and would buy it again if I ever lost a copy. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe should get more DLC as the game is like over 10 million sold by now (9.22 million at the end of April).

Mario Kart 9 will probably end up doing a joint release with Switch and Nintendo's next system (or with a Switch hardware revision) like Breath Of The Wild did. So in the meantime, why not add at least a new cup (which is 4 new courses) plus new online features (like adding voice chat with Switch Online in September) and enjoy even more sales? The new content should be a free update as Switch Online will be $19.99/year.

The 10th Rider26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

One thing a lot of people aren't taking into account is that Mario Kart used to alternate between handheld releases and home console releases, with a new entry about every two years. Since Nintendo's handheld console and their home console is now one, they're no longer going to be alternating like that. I think we might see them switch to a remaster at the beginning of each gen and then a original Mario Kart a few years into each gen, with continued support for each game throughout its life.

I don't think we'll see a whole lot more for Mario Kart 8 though. I think some new content and some online improvements to launch this fall around the online service would be an excellent move. After that we might see another kart or character addition, but I wouldn't count on any other new content unless we see it launch this year. Mario Kart 9 will probably hit the end of next year or sometime in 2020.

Gemmol26d ago

They do not make Mario kart every 2 years, but you right about everything else

The 10th Rider26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

@Gemmol,

Sorry, I was a little off there. They released the GBA one in 2001, GC in 2003, DS in 2005, Wii in 2008, 3DS in 2011, and Wii U in 2014. So it was around every two years and then it moved to three years. With handheld and home console merged and no need for alternative between handheld and home console releases, I think we'll see a remaster at the beginning of each gen and a new title 2-3 years into each gen.

hanko1426d ago

make a new one. and make it with no flying or underwater. like mario kart wii

BlaqMagiq126d ago

As long as it's free, yes.

blawren426d ago

At first, I thought this wouldn't be possible. Why would we ever expect anything substantial to be free? But then again, this is a port of a Wii U game that MANY people double dipped on. This means they likely paid full price and DLC on Wii U, and then paid full price again on Switch including the DLC and battle mode. I don't expect it to be free, however, I also don't think it out of the realm of possibility to have a couple of cups for free to provide more incentive and substance to the Deluxe upgrade.

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