With the current situation that Nintendo finds themselves in, it appears the company is more willing to bend their former hard line rules in an effort to evolve and appeal to a broader base. Frankly, this is great news for fans as policies that are standard on other platforms are now starting to trickle their way into Nintendo products. Nintendo dropped a couple of surprise announcements in relation to a few of their major franchises earlier this week so lets have a look in case you missed it.
The first big announcement came as a sort of surprise to everyone. The Pokemon Company has teamed up with Namco Bandai to create a sort of Pokemon fighting game called Pokken. The lead designers on Tekken (Harada) and Soul Calibur (Hoshino) are heading up this project which promises to hit arcades next year. Now for the bad news. It’s currently slated as a Japanese only release and there’s been no word on it coming to the US at all. So your dreams of seeing Hitmonchan fight Hitmonlee will have to wait for the time being.
While Nintendo has never been good with DLC, it appears they’re trying to change that with thier popular cart racer, Mario Kart 8. In an effort to support the game long term, they’ve announced a fairly interesting DLC policy which frankly turns the game into Super Smash Kart. Yes, that’s right, characters and items outside of the Mario universe are being added to the game. The first DLC pack is coming in November and adds Cat Peach, Tanooki Mario, and Link from the Legend of Zelda to the roster. Not only that you’ll be getting four new carts (including the Blue Falcon from F-Zero), and eight new courses (including Wario’s Gold Mine from the Wii game). Coming in the Spring of 2015, the Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing join Dry Bowser as the three new characters in addition to another four new vehicles and eight courses. Each pack will sell for $7.99 USD individually.
But that’s not all!
If all of that sounds great, you’ll want to pick up the bundle which contains everything above including eight new colors for Yoshi and also Shy Guy which can be used immediately. This bundle pack sells for $11.99 USD.
I have to hand it to Nintendo here, this is certainly a nice change of pace from some games which only offer a handful of maps for 15 bucks, right? Hopefully this is a trend that they continue to pursue.