Video Games Journalism: Why Super Smash Bros. Wii U Is A Separate Game And Not DLC

Article, Video Games — By on July 10, 2013 8:54 pm

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Nintendo’s Masahiro Sakurai, who is overseeing Super Smash Bros. Wii U, briefly touches upon his idea of what DLC should be.

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New Super Mario Bros. U has been a great success for Nintendo, not just in terms of sales but also in terms of how much downloadable content has been purchased, judging by early figures from Japan alone. Nintendo EAD designed Mario’s DLC in the form of an add-on chapter that provides various optional benefits with the side-story.


Why then, was Super Smash Bros. Wii U not a part of the DLC plans for New Super Mario Bros. U? It would’ve made sense—both New Super Mario Bros. U and Super Smash Bros. Wii U are Nintendo Wii U games, after all.


Nintendo’s Masahiro Sakurai-senpai, who is overseeing Super Smash Bros. Wii U, tells a magazine that we’ve never actually read before that it’s because Nintendo felt that DLC should be based on the game it’s being included in, and provide more content for existing fans, instead of disappointing them with something different.


Sakurai-kun added that, if you intend to do a collaboration like Super Smash Bros. Wii U, which is intended for a different audience, it’s best to keep it separate from the main game.


As previously mentioned, Sakurai-chan hinted that Super Smash Bros. Wii U will take place at least partly in the modern world, so it makes sense that the game isn’t aimed at the exact same audience that enjoys traditional Super Bros. of Mario games.


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dark_sage_has_pretty_eyes_desu says:

This is… amazing!

Zan says:

Why any Mario spin-off is a separate game and not DLC?

Dark_Sage says:

The question of the ages. And why can’t they just make the next Metroid game into Nintendoland DLC?

It just doesn’t make sense. That’s why journalists like me have to get to the bottom of the issue.

ryno says:

I didn’t even know that Nintendo had any DLC

Dark_Sage says:

Pokemon DLC is the wave of the future.

TouToTheHouYo says:

Oh my Arceus…

Anon says:

Not enough videos and pictures/pixiv fanart. Go back to journalism school.

Nyangoro says:

Doesn’t matter, at Evo 2013.

E-Sports master race.

Dark_Sage says:

I don’t know if Ninty fans can be considered masters of anything other than drooling on themselves.

Nyangoro says:

Actually, they’re known for always “tripping” over themselves.


Dark_Sage says:

Perhaps they can “wavedash” themselves into a woodchipper for me. (pun champ 2013)

uuu says:

Another nintendo babby game, move along.

Sheep says:

12/10 because I hate Siliconera with the force of a thousand dicks ejaculating at once.

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