Mario Golf: World Tour Will Have DLC And A Season Pass

By Ishaan . April 22, 2014 . 11:30am

Mario Golf: World Tour is getting downloadable content with a Season Pass, Nintendo announced this morning. The base game will contain 10 courses with 126 holes, but if you want more, you’ll be able to purchase an additional 108 holes as well as new Golfers.


DLC for Mario Golf: World Tour will be released in three separate packs—the Mushroom Pack launching on May 2nd, the Flower Pack launching later in May and the Star Pack launching in June. Each pack will contain two new courses with 18 holes each and a new playable character.


The Mushroom Pack will come with Toadette, the Flower Pack with Nabbit and the Star Pack with Rosalina. Each pack will cost $5.99, but if you want to buy them all, you can grab a Season Pass at a discounted rate of $14.99, starting May 2nd.


Season Pass holders will get access to each pack as it is made available. Additionally, they’ll also get a Gold Mario playable character as a special bonus at the time of purchase. Gold Mario has a special “Golden Flower shot” that gains coins for every yard it travels. If you eventually buy all three DLC packs separately, you’ll get Gold Mario once all three packs have been released.


Additionally, Nintendo say they will offer “trial tournaments” for consumers that are interesting in sampling these DLC courses before deciding to buy them. In order to access these, you’ll need to own the game and download the Trial Pack.

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  • J_Joestar

    Et tu, Mario?

  • 하세요

    Sounds good to me.

  • Cazar

    It begins.

    • Slayven19

      It began with FE and Luigi U, where have you been?

      • Cazar

        I’ve been here, and not like this it didn’t.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    So since this is happening, can we get DLC for Smash Bros too?

    • Aaaaaaaaa…

    • AuraGuyChris

      Sakurai said he wasn’t going to go through that route, if I recall correctly.

      • Twilleppac

        Ah, I wouldn’t actually mind DLC for SSB4 if it allowed them to potentially add more interesting 3rd party characters that they couldn’t get the rights to in time before major development began. Or characters that they had planned out and were going to add but had to scrap.

      • Ben Sylvia

        He actually said he has no plans at the moment for DLC.

        But he didn’t shoot the idea down completely.

    • SilvaStarRippa
    • J_Joestar

      IIRC, a game (especially console based ones) need to be built with DLC in mind or else there is only so much you can implement into a game afterwards.
      Sakurai in particular has mentioned that a part of his development philosophy has to do with treating each game as if it is the last one he is going to make. I think that may make it very unlikely that he would end up leaving such opening for DLC to be implemented easily.

      • Slayven19

        Sakurai isn’t opposed to dlc, he just wants the game out first.

    • subsamuel01

      Its Sakurai’s call and from last I heard there was no planned DLC, but that was a while ago maybe he changed his mind.

  • Noor Mahmoud

    Someone made a comment complaining about the DLC. Since then, it has been deleted. Below was my intended response to the comment:

    Yes, definitely. They have a large amount of content in game, and then make DLC that has almost has much content, giving you over 200 holes to play on. Further more, they’ll have trial tournaments to let everyone try the DLC out, those villains. Oh, just found out that the base game is going to retail for $30 instead of $40. Someone stop these fiends!

  • “If you eventually buy all three DLC packs separately, you’ll get Gold Mario once all three packs have been released.”

    Hey, that’s actually not a bad idea. Instead of making the special bonus completely exclusive and lost forever after the early period, everybody who eventually end up with all three packs will get it one way or another.

    • luckgandor

      I approve of this as well. They could have tempted people, by making them feel like this was their only chance to get Gold Mario, but they didn’t.

  • im usually a bit sketchy on DLC but i gotta say this sounds very nice in addition to having a trial pack, i feel a bit more inclined to get this game now

  • Kaetsu

    Usually I’m not a fan of DLC but Nintendo has been handling it very well. Especially with Fire Emblem Awakening.

    • Adrián Alucard

      yeah, the pay to win DLCs are cool


      • hng qtr

        How p2w even works on a single player game?

        • Adrián Alucard

          if you pay to make the game easier you are paying to win, basically

          Also, FE: A have multiplayer (local and via street pass)

          • I believe the extent to which the grinding goes is up to each player. I can’t count how many hours of non-DLC grinding the DLCs saved; especially Gold, since I played on Hard. Level DLC also let me play around and tweak My Unit to my liking.

          • Adrián Alucard

            “I can’t count how many hours of non-DLC grinding the DLCs saved”

            I like spent 80-90 hours grinding and molding all the characters. But just because they removed the coliseums and the gold card (the classic and free item it’s now a paid DLC in awakening)

      • Rock Volnutt

        “Pay2win” only applies to competitive games where it gives the player an unfair edge over other players–not single player ones. In Awakening, it’s perfect. Those who don’t want it don’t have to get it, and those who do can.

    • Gemlit

      While I do believe that they are handling the DLC very well for this Mario Golf game, all of the Fire Emblem Awakening DLC will cost about an additional $53.

      • Kaetsu

        Doesn’t mean the DLC wasn’t any good.

        • Zenthos

          It just means that it was too expensive and not worth the price.

  • Raymond

    damn it. Im going to need a a new Sd card. Lol

  • Somebodyissilent

    Look at Nintendo getting with the times.

  • Thelastgunstar

    I’m pretty anti-DLC, mainly due to the content to price ratio always seeming a bit…off. This doesn’t sound all that bad. I just never thought I’d see “Mario” and “Season Pass” in the same article….

  • Gemlit

    Hmmm…what is the price going to be for the rest of the seasons? Will the cost of every DLC go down after a specific number of days/weeks/months/years?

  • Twilleppac

    Wow, that’s a surprisingly good price for DLC, Nintendo. Nowadays you’d expect companies like, say, Capcom or EA to charge you like a dollar a piece for each hole.

    • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

      You realize that would be cheaper than what Ninty is going to charge with this, right?

      • Asura

        108 holes at $1 per hole is cheaper than $15 for 108 holes? Maybe you should head back to third grade arithmetic class.

        • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

          Originally, it said course. Or, perchance, did you forget that Disqus has an edit button?

  • ivanchu77

    NOOOOOO , not you too nintendo ;__;

    this industry is going to shit

    • CozyAndWarm

      You spent the entire PS3/360 gen watching DLC and the like bog down games, even from first-party Sony and Microsoft devs, and gamers ate it all up. Now Nintendo wanting a piece of the pie is the one thing that makes you realize “this industry is going to shit”?

  • neo_firenze

    People are really surprised by this? Nintendo introduced DLC to Mario in the last major 3DS Mario title (NSMB2), it did well for them, and I wouldn’t expect them to stop now. They’ve also been using DLC in other games: Fire Emblem, Pikmin 3, etc.

    As DLC goes, it’s certainly less offensive to me to release the game at a lower price point and offer the full experience with DLC. I don’t really view it as a cheaper game + DLC though, I see it more as a $5 premium price for the complete game, or a lower cost “light” version if you don’t get any DLC. Not that there’s anything inherently evil about that business model, I’m
    just being realistic about the cost to own the complete package. I’m perfectly fine spending $45 for a new Mario Golf game stuffed with content.

    That being said, I’d prefer a full on-cartridge package for $44.99 retail, just to avoid having to download/store DLC and worry about potentially having to transfer it to a new system some day. Particularly with Nintendo releases, since Nintendo lacks a good user account system that is recognized across devices, unlike ALL of their major competition (Sony, MS, Apple, Android, Steam, etc.)

  • Derek E Nay

    Wait what? I thought Nintendo hated DLC because, “… they wanted their games complete.” nonsense. Don’t get me wrong, I love this idea for Niny. But I HOPE they add DLC for Smash. I don’t want to wait years for another Smash to hope to get a character I would play.

    (And before anyone grabs their rope. DLC is fine if done right. Just most company’s never do.)

    • Niermyico

      I’m sure they still stand by this. In their case I feel like they add everything they could possibly can in the game then distribute whatever else they can’t on DLC.

      • Derek E Nay

        Like how it should be. Looking at YOU Mass Effect 3… Freaking DLC spoilers…

    • Anewme…Again

      I haven’t played all Mario golfs, but i think 10 courses/126 holes is the highest any mario golf games got until now, so if that’s incompete it must mean every other Mario golf before was incomplete.
      Mario Gold 64 had 4 courses/72 holes and most likely less characters then this game will have and no one ever said it was an incomplete game.

      • Derek E Nay

        Oh, sorry. I didn’t mean to say that it wasn’t going to be complete with DLC. I just think Niny is scared of people point at them saying that the game isn’t complete because their is DLC. And who can blame the consumers? We have been hurt so many times because of stupid DLC that should have been part of the games (Like Mass Effect 3 character).

        And it just hit me… I completely forgot about Fire Emblem lol.

  • JoJo_718

    Wonder if there will be any plans for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS and Mario Kart 8.

  • Firion Hope

    Really Ninty, even you’re doing the pre planned DLC with season pass thing now?


  • NeptuniasBeard

    At least Ninty is upfront about what you’ll get with the season pass. Too many companies are hush about, hoping you’ll buy the pass in confidence that something worthwhile will be released later, even if no announcements have been made. Then on top of that, they pick and choose what the season pass covers.

    So stay classy Nintendo, and don’t go down that slippery slope

  • hazelnut1112

    Damn, and I was hoping Nintendo wouldn’t give in to this season pass bullshit, especially since before the game launches. I guess they gotta blend in somehow, such a shame.

  • Takane Shijou

    Nintendo always feels so late in some ways.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Whats so called “late” thing have they done now?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    A Season Pass? for a Nintendo game? Welp lucky it a sports game..right? * oh no I might jinx it*

  • ronin4life

    Well, they weren’t exactly keeping nags at bay by not heavily investing in DLC, as Mario Tenis, Mario Party and Luigis mansion have shown…(All games with good content and FREE Single card Download play, something Mario Golf also lacks.)

    So why not just do what everyone else does too? If you can’t beat em…

  • epy

    Nintendo…not you too…

  • otakumike

    Rosalina again huh? Nintendo sure loves her.

  • Hector Velar

    Nintendo welcome the the DLC boat, hold on tight for a bumpy ride.

  • CozyAndWarm

    DLC and season passes never stopped the gaming media from adoring games like The Last of Us, or stopped the Siliconera comment base from worshipping many Vita games. It’s funny how a lot of people hold Nintendo to some higher standard, saying they shouldn’t be doing DLC, while wholly accepting it from other companies. Eh, I just find it interesting.

  • pokeroi

    So the main game is only at 30$ and for 14.99$ more you get almost double content + new characters and you can try some maps before you buy the whole DLC? First time I’m interested in DLC.

  • Nanashrew

    I just feel like reiterating something I said in another place.

    Nintendo has been dipping their toes lightly into the DLC stuff and more often giving you more bang for the buck on top of an already complete and finished games. Some DLC in more recent games have even been completely free.

    One of the big problems around season passes in general is you never know when the content is coming, but here, Nintendo laid out the dates of when they are, so you know upfront. Nintendo has actually been very transparent with their handling of DLC at every moment they’ve spoken about it for a game.

    I actually really like how Nintendo has been handling this and I hope they continue with what they’re doing, continue to experiment with pricing and DLC for other games and keeping things fair.

  • Kevin Lima Ferreira

    To people defending DLC: No matter what you say, in the PS2/GC/XBOX generation and the generations before, when DLC didn’t existed in console gaming, we had MUCH MORE CONTENT in the games than in the games from TODAY even after paying for ALL the DLCs. Maybe there are some exceptions, but generally speaking this is the truth. And we used to pay the same price for the games. Honestly! If we buy FULL games by FULL price, they should have the FULL content. That’s how worked before! Why people accept paying for DLC now!? It would be best that DLC NEVER EXISTED at all! For EVERYONE! And sorry if my english isn’t too good.

    • Nanashrew

      I don’t even buy DLC but what Nintendo has been doing actually has been overall good. I don’t trust many companies with how they handle DLC at all except maybe Nintendo at this point because they haven’t really done anything offensive with them like the rest of the industry has.

      You got a full game with New Super Mario U and you got a full expansion with Super Luigi U. Fire Emblem: Awakening is also a full game too and the DLC added an equal amount of chapters to that of the main story. I don’t see much problem with how Nintendo has been handling this.

    • Twilleppac

      Game DLC was gonna happen eventually so being all “IT WOULD BE BETTER IF IT NEVER EXISTED” Is kind of pointless, it’s not DLC’s fault that publishers are being shits about it, doesn’t mean that all DLC is bad either. It’s very fair to hold those who carve full games up into bits and sell them to us as “DLC” to task, but this doesn’t appear to be the case here with this game.

    • Suicunesol

      Mario Golf World Tour isn’t being sold at full price, though. It’s being sold at $30, which is $10-$15 less than a regular 3DS game. Your argument for this particular game is moot.

  • Namuro

    Star Pack for me, baby! (Well, I’ll get them all in the end…)

  • LordHyper

    Well, at least they’re not making a separate game that’s nothing more than a mission pack sequel (a good one though).

  • Arrei

    Thank goodness for the comments, I could feel my ire building up until I learned the game was only 30 bucks and contained more holes in the base game than previous games in the series. As long as DLC doesn’t cut into the worth of the base game, I’m still happy.

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