Wii U

New Super Mario Bros. U Will Have DLC Stages

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Like New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the Nintendo 3DS, New Super Mario Bros. U on the Wii U will have downloadable content at some point in the future. What kind of downloadable content? Nintendo are still figuring that out.

 

“We’re trying to think of ways of play that are different from New Super Mario Bros. 2, but we haven’t made anything yet,” says Nintendo’s Takashi Tezuka, the general manager of the company’s EAD division, which produces Mario games.

 

“Right, rather than distributing content that’s premade at a later date, you’re going to start working on it now,” Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, adds.

 

New Super Mario Bros. 2 had different kinds of DLC packs with different objectives. Some required you to collect as many coins as possible, while others involved competing for a high score on online leaderboards and so on.

 

You can read our playtest of New Super Mario Bros. U here.

 

Above: New Super Mario Bros. U’s inter-connected world map, which the designers say was inspired by Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.