A short while back, we posted about how hackers had found evidence that DLC was in the works for Super Smash Bros 4. But while the character select screen arrows found in the Super Smash Bros for 3DS data files were a pretty big clue in themselves, they weren’t exactly a guarantee of extra content. After all, lots of stuff ends up ununused in video games. For all we knew, those arrows could be from a scrapped sixty character roster that was in development before the game’s release date.
But now, it seems like some more decisive evidence has been found. Consisting of Japanese text strings found within yet more files, these actually spell out DLC in the clearest way possible. So let’s dive in and take a look!
First up, some data that supposedly displays messages for DLC:
『だいらんとう大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS』 のついか追加データをSDカードにつく作ります
SDカードがさ差さっていません でんげん電源をき切って SDカードをさ差してください
SDカードをにんしき認識できませんでした でんげん電源をき切って SDカードをさ差しなおしてください
ついか追加データがこわれているため SDカードに 『だいらんとう大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ for Nintendo 3DS』 のついか追加データをつく作りなお直します
Don’t understand what the above means? Well to put it simply, it’s saying to insert an SD card to save downloaded data to. Or in other words, to save content you bought as DLC on.
If you’ve been playing the recent Super Smash Bros game for 3DS, you’ll probably know that quite a few major features have been removed. Like Event Matches, Boss Battles, Tournaments, etc. Those minor things from games like Melee and Brawl which added extra play time to the experience.
Well, that could be changing. Hackers have found some VERY interesting voice clips hidden away in the game files, and as you can see below, they hint at all kinds of currently unavailable modes:
Namely, the announcer talks of ‘Boss Battles’, ‘Event Matches’, ‘Grab the Coins’, ‘Special Smash’ and ‘Tournaments’. In other words, many interesting features that just happened to not be present in this game.
In a move designed to please fans of Mario Kart DS (and other old school Mario Kart games), Nintendo have announced the B-Dasher will be coming to Mario Kart 8. It’ll be available in one of the DLC packs released later this year.
Here’s a trailer:
So it’s a nice enough new vehicle. But what do I think of the kart? Well to be perfectly honest, I’m not too interested in it. Link and the Villager as characters? Awesome. New tracks? Cooler than cool. But the B-Dasher wasn’t a very good kart back in the Mario Kart DS days, and to be honest, I strongly doubt it’ll turn out to be a very good kart in Mario kart 8 either. Nothing wrong with new karts, it’s just that this one doesn’t seem like one of the better choices.
So it’s a no from me. Maybe I’ll be a bit more enthusiastic if Nintendo reveals the Dry Bomber, Egg 1 or ROB BLS karts are returning as DLC instead…
Or to cut a long story short, there’s an unused menu item in the game’s ROM data which lets you filter stages by those you’ve downloaded. Which given the lack of online downloadable content already available for the game, and the fact that this is tied to the stage selection menu in options, pretty much confirms that you’ll be able to buy extra stages in the form of DLC. What stages will they be? Will they be distributed individually or in packs with extra contents? No one knows yet, but it does seem like we could be getting a similar deal to the DLC in Mario Kart 8, when it comes to this game.
What is it with Nintendo and Animal Crossing DLC as of recent months? First we got the Villager and co in Super Smash Bros, then we got him and Isabelle as playable characters in Mario Kart 8, and now…
We get this. Isabelle and Mr Resetti costumes for Monster Hunter 4. No, that’s not a joke. You can now dress up Felynes as Animal Crossing characters, in a crossover DLC pack best described as ‘utterly bizarre and likely at complete odds with the game’s general tone’. Have a trailer:
Which in case you’re wondering, makes Dark Link (in his Twilight Princess incarnation) an alternate costume for Link, and lets you play as Cia, Volga and Wizzro (the main villains of the game) for the first time.
Here are some Tweets from Nintendo UK, showing the DLC in action:
Yes, it’s not even out in most of the world, and the game has already been decompiled to a decent enough extent that people are finding ‘beta’ content and stuff! And as the title suggests, a few of these findings hint towards future DLC for the title, in the form of some mysterious looking arrow buttons…
Called chr_10_page_1.tex and chr_10_page_2.tex, they’re the same size as the character select icons and seem to be buttons used to move between character select screen pages. So you’d buy extra characters, and then a new character select menu would open up with the newcomers on it, accessible by clicking said button on the ‘main’ select screen. They also exist for stages too, hinting at stages being something Nintendo will be selling as well.
So DLC looks to be a thing. How will it be distributed? Will it come via downloads or Amiibo? Well, no one knows yet, but if that’s a chance to get King K Rool and Ridley playable, I’m definitely all for it. Paying a couple of quid to get my favourite characters as playable in Smash Bros? Where do I sign up?
But what do you think? Do you think these icons found on the game card suggest DLC? And would you buy downloadable content for this Super Smash Bros game?
It’s Japan only so far, but features costumes for Link and Zelda based on their appearances in the Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess. So hey, if you don’t like Link’s spiffy new scarf and want to see him looking as he does in Twilight Princess, you’re soon going to get your chance. Here are some pictures of Link and Zelda’s appearances in this DLC set, if you’ve somehow forgotten what The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess used to look like on the Gamecube/Wii:
This DLC for the game will be released around the same time as the game, with different costumes available in different versions of the game and the sets with Link and Zelda being called the ‘Courage’ and ‘Wisdom’ sets respectively.
So yeah. Looks like Nintendo’s planning for a lot of references to Twilight Princess in this Zelda game.
So if you want a real life car for Mario and friends to drive in Mario Kart 8… well, you’ll soon get your chance. The special Mercedes style kart is being released over here in Summer this year, and will likely be free like it is in Japan.
Head inside if you want to see Nintendo’s Twitter posts about it…
It’s only a rumour so far, but this interesting picture of an expanded Mario Kart 8 roster has been circulating online recently. It features Diddy Kong, Birdo, Kamek and Plessie (the latter is from Mario 3D World) as playable alongside the existing game’s cast, hinting at a Nintendo E3 announcement of downloadable content featuring more characters for the game. Here’s the picture:
As you can see, it features quite the cast of characters. And it looks pretty realistic too, what with the quality of the icons and the level of detail in the picture. But what do you think? Is this a screenshot of an upcoming piece of DLC for Mario Kart 8, complete with new characters? Or another ingenius fake uploaded online to cause controversy mere days before Nintendo’s E3 presentation?