I know that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is already a large game that packs a lot of bang for the buck it demands. Right out of the box, you get access to all the tracks, racers and kart parts that released both in standard and downloadable content forms for the first game.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe even features new racers, new karts, new modes and mechanic tweaks. I totally get that I’m begging for even more on top of all of this pretty sweet stuff right now, but I contend that it’s warranted.
Nintendo announced not too long ago that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the fastest-selling entry in franchise history, so it’s clear that the demand for this game is through the roof. I’ll assert that part of that demand stems from the fact that the title initially released on the Wii U. You get it, right? The Wii U was an underperforming system. While a ton of people bought Mario Kart 8 on that platform, the potential ceiling for the game was restricted by the overall sales pool of Wii U hardware.
The Nintendo Switch is already off to a roaring start, in March, with only a few games to its name. The system will undoubtedly be more successful than the Wii U, and that means more first-time purchasers will come to Mario Kart 8 for the first time with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
It’s my opinion that this game needs some DLC of its own. Yes, there’s enough content here for it to stand up even for people like me who exhaustively played the original outing and all of its extra goodies. This game is worth the money. I wouldn’t be able to sit here and suggest that there’s not enough to warrant the amount Nintendo’s asking for it. I just think that Nintendo could see a whole lot more in terms of digital sales if they put out some new stuff.
If you told me right now that in, say, July I’d be able to buy two new Cups in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with tracks both new and old, I’d be all over that deal. Throw in a few new racers and karts, and I’d be even more excited. I also know that I’d say the same for additional Battle Mode courses, though that’s not necessary to get the deal done.
The problem here? I don’t think it’ll happen. Nintendo probably sees this game as little more than a relatively cheap port to cash in on users that missed the boat the first time around. “Cheap port” sounds like an insult, but I don’t mean it that way. I mean that Nintendo weighed the risks against the potential boon of re-releasing Mario Kart 8 in new clothes, and they decided it was a good choice. They were right, as initial sales prove.
I don’t think that Nintendo will internally justify the development time and expense required to throw together great DLC, though. They take forever with that stuff, and that’s an investment I don’t think Nintendo wants to make given the release timeline of software we both know and don’t know about for the Nintendo Switch.
Still, I want Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC, and I don’t think I’m alone there. Am I?