Nintendo has made its intentions pertaining to digital distribution well known in the past year. The 3DS began offering full retail titles for download via the Nintendo eShop this past Summer, and the results thus far have apparently been promising. New Super Mario Bros. 2 is the game that kicked off the Big N’s revamped digital distribution method, so it’s appropriate that the first-party title will also be one of the first to offer downloadable content to consumers.
Today the house that Mario built has finally detailed the upcoming pieces of DLC for New Super Mario Bros. 2, and fans should be quite content with what they’ll be getting in exchange for their hard-earned money.
During a Nintendo Direct Mini presentation, hosted by none other than Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime, it was revealed that three separate content packs will become available for download on October 4th. Each pack will cost gamers a very reasonable $2.50, and they will contain three different levels that can be played in NSMB2‘s Coin Rush mode. Each pack is graded based on difficulty, giving any dedicated player the ability to purchase and play through some very challenging levels that’ll test their platforming mettle.
3DS owners can download any of the following DLC pack for New Super Mario Bros. 2 on October 4th:
- Coin Challenge Pack A
- Gold Coin Pack
- Nerve-Wrack Pack
Reggie also confirmed that more packs are planned for the latest Super Mario title, and they’re scheduled to arrive at the end of both October and November.
Meanwhile, Nintendo has also announced a new incentive to encourage 3DS owners to purchase full retail games from the eShop. Beginning right now and continuing on until the end of the year, North American gamers can download one of five different 3DS titles and they’ll be rewarded with a code to download Donkey Kong Original Edition absolutely free — provided they’ve linked their account to Club Nintendo and complete a quick survey before
The following games are eligible for the promotion:
- Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone
- Crosswords Plus
- Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
- Paper Mario: Sticker Star
- Style Savvy: Trendsetters
Donkey Kong Original Edition can not be purchased on the Nintendo eShop, and it also contains exclusive content that never made its way into the U.S. version of the original game — making it a nice little exclusive for Nintendo fans. It’s a much better deal than receiving double the Club Nintendo Coins (as was advertised initially for NSMB2), and it’s a significantly more enticing incentive to try out Nintendo’s digital storefront. That said, a discount on the actual games would still be much more tempting offer.
Follow me on Twitter @TheRileyLittle for more news on Nintendo, eShop, and everything else related to gaming.