With two DLC packs under its belt and a wealth of additional racing content afforded to Mario Kart 8 players, some wording in Nintendo’s recent financial earnings report indicates that more downloadable content might be on the way.
Within the Operating Results section of the financial report, Nintendo offers an “outlook for fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.” Got it, that’s games and software coming between now and March 31 of next year. This section cites the software coming from Nintendo during that time span. I’ve bolded the Mario Kart 8 DLC bit for reference.
For “Nintendo 3DS” and “Wii U,” in addition to maintaining the performance of already-released titles with strong sales potential, new titles will continue to be introduced in order to further expand the installed bases. Specifically, by sequentially introducing additional download content for blockbuster titles such as “Mario Kart 8” and “Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U,” we aim to keep these titles played more actively. For “Nintendo 3DS,” the exclusive “New Nintendo 3DS/New Nintendo 3DS XL” title “Xenoblade Chronicles 3D,” and other first party titles such as “Rhythm Tengoku (temp.)” and “New Fire Emblem Game (temp.)” will be released. In addition, a number of key titles from thirdparty publishers are scheduled for release. For “Wii U,” in addition to titles such as “Splatoon” and “Yoshi’s Woolly World,” “Mario Maker (temp.)” which offers a new taste to the 2D Mario series will be released this year marking the 30th year since the launch of the original “Super Mario Bros.” game.
The downloadable content that’s already been announced has been out for a few weeks now, so this report is likely talking about stuff that’s still in the pipeline. Of course, it could be a simple matter of not using past tense when referring to the DLC that’s already here.
Given the fact that Nintendo seems to have embraced this new DLC and how well it likely sold for Mario Kart 8, I imagine the company will strive to launch new content for the kart racer. Ignoring new DLC would be leaving money on the table, as far as I’m concerned.