Raise your hand now, who honestly thought we’d get brand new DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in 2022?
We certainly didn’t; we were all geared up and ready for the Mario Kart 9 announcement, but Nintendo clearly had other ideas, breathing new life into a game that’s now five years old (or eight if you include the original Wii U version – which you should).
Initially, it was a decision that no doubt confused many people – including this writer – who were there on day one and have been playing some form of Mario Kart 8 for years now. But now that we’ve had time to digest it all, the only question on our minds is, “sure why not?”. After all, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold over 40 million copies at this point, so it only makes sense that Nintendo would take advantage of that while simultaneously beefing up its Nintendo Switch Online service.
It also got us thinking. If an “old” evergreen game like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can get brand new DLC, what other games would we like to see given a new lease of life? Mario Party Superstars was rumored to be getting the DLC treatment, but it was released last October. It’s not really an “old” game, hmm?
So make yourself comfortable, dear readers, as we take a look at some what-if scenarios in which a few of our most beloved Switch games get new DLC…
Super Mario Odyssey DLC
Released in 2017, Super Mario Odyssey is already feature-rich, with over 15 realms to explore at your leisure, from the charming Metro Kingdom to the badass Darker Side, the latter of which is challenging enough to test even the most seasoned Mario fan.
Like anything worthwhile, though, we just want Continued — more levels please, Nintendo. The gameplay where you use Cappy to traverse obstacles, defeat enemies and collect coins is, in our opinion, quite timeless, so why change a good thing?
As for the type of levels we’d like to see, we feel that would be fair handsome if the game paid homage to old Mario 3D levels in the same way as the Mushroom Kingdom. How about an expanded Delfino Island? Or maybe Gusty Garden Galaxy? Who are we kidding, just give us a new Dire Dire Docks with a remastered soundtrack!
Just like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the motion-controlled fighter ARMS has already received bundles of DLC here and there – much of it was also free. We’re huge fans of the game (at least some of us are), but in the years since its release, the excitement around Nintendo’s new combat IP has undoubtedly died down, so it certainly makes us wonder just how successful a full sequel would actually be.
With over 2 million copies sold, ARMS – brand new IP, remember – wasn’t a flop, so we think it might make a bit more sense to test the waters first with a brand new DLC. Nintendo could play it safe with this and just introduce a few more fighters, a stage here and there, and maybe a new mode. But how about revamping the whole experience with a whole boatload of new hardware?
It could be called Super ARMS EX’ Turbo Alpha. Or not.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 DLC
Luigi’s mansion 3 is a game we’d sooner see receive the full sequel treatment rather than DLC (a haunted theme park, anyone? Ooh, matron!). The game as it is features a very solid set of themed levels thanks to the hotel floor layout, but nonetheless, there are always room for more.
We loved almost every level in the main game, especially Paranormal Productions and Castle MacFrights, but we’d also love a level based around an upscale restaurant, or maybe an indoor water park – heck, even a spooky nursery!
Again, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a game that has already received DLC for its multiplayer component, but we think the main campaign is just begging for new content. Along with the new floors, how about some new abilities for the Poltergust G-00?
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DLC
The task of redoing such a beloved game with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was undoubtedly an already Herculean task for developer Grezzo, who had to strike the right balance between paying homage to the original Game Boy classic and introducing something new for fans. One of the new additions to the game was the “Chamber Dungeon Creator”, quite an interesting idea that never quite caught on.
In terms of new DLC for Link’s Awakening, we think an expanded version of the dungeon maker would be right. clever. We would not expect anything at the level of Creator of Super Mario (in fact, that idea has already been firmly scrapped) but some new layouts, items, enemies (maybe even something from another Zelda timeline) might just breathe some life into the feature and give us reasons to return to Koholint.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars DLC
Okay, this one’s a bit obvious, and there’s also the tiny bit of a problem in that Super Mario 3D All-Stars is no longer available outside of used physical copies (unless you stumble upon a new copy, which everyone agrees isn’t too hard).
However, we would be remiss not to once again beg Nintendo for the inclusion of Super Mario Galaxy 2 — just a small DLC to complete the package! Come on Nintendo, this could be such an easy win!
Also, just re-publish the full game.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC… Uh, wait!
Alright, slow down – yes, we to know Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is about to get some new DLC (that’s what it’s all about, after all).
With a total of 48 new courses coming to the game, we’d probably be a bit greedy to ask for even more, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get new characters or karts, does it? One of the big talking points before the announcement of the Booster Course Pack was whether the next Mario Kart would indeed become “Nintendo Kart,” expanding Mario Kart 8’s roster of non-Mushroom Kingdom characters and courses by other Nintendo IPs. We think Nintendo would do well to dip their toes in with even more DLC based on franchises like metroid, Kirby, pikmine – all of which have now appeared on Switch – and more. Imagine zipping around Coconut Mall as Samus or Ridley!
Then again, we’ve already asked if more DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a good idea, and the vast majority of you lovely ones have made it clear that you’d rather Nintendo make a full sequel.
Maybe we lack imagination. Or maybe we just can’t figure out why we can’t burn in a Kirby kart yet.
And that’s all! We realize that none of the above is likely to come to fruition, but hey, we can dream, right? Super Mario Party got an online update a few years after the fact – weird things happened!
But what about you? What games would you like to see new DLC for? Or are you in camp waiting for a full sequel instead? Let us know!