Nintendo's announcement of Day-1 DLC and a Season Pass has left a mixed taste in people's mouths, but is it really such a bad thing? For the record, the Season Pass will be $15 and will include 3 different packs whose releases will be peppered throughout May and June. Each pack will include 2 additional courses, as well as an extra character. Purchasing all of the packs (or the Season Pass) will also net you Gold Mario, who promises to make obtaining coins, which are used to purchase various items, much less of a chore. You may also opt to buy individual packs for $6 a piece.
As much as I oppose DLC on a game's release day, I really can't find anything explicitly wrong with Nintendo's gameplan for World Tour and here are a couple of reasons why:
Lower cost of entry
Most 3DS games on release cost $40, which is nothing to sneeze at, but World Tour is hitting the shelves at the $30 mark. And unless I'm mistaken, the number of courses and characters match that of the previous iterations of the Mario Golf series, so it's not like you're paying for a half-finished game.
In fact, this is one of the strong points of the Season Pass: If you enjoy the game and want more, then you can just buy the extra courses and it will essentially cost the same as a brand new 3DS game. However, if you're really not feeling the game, then you spent $10 less than you would have in the first place. That's a win-win in my book.
Nintendo has been straightforward about it
As opposed to many other season passes that are released, Nintendo has been remarkably straightforward with what will comprise this Season Pass. Instead of making vague promises about upcoming maps or content, we know exactly what we're getting for our money, which I like. Granted, it's your own fault if you drop money on an ambiguously-worded Season Pass and then are disappointed later, but it's still refreshing to know ahead of time.
Trial Tournaments exist to let you try out the DLC courses
Let's say you have just purchased Mario Golf. Are you curious about the DLC courses, but don't want to throw your money at them just yet? Fear not, because Trial Tournaments exist and they allow you to test the waters of the DLC courses. Not only do these Trial Tournaments offer a sample of the courses, but they even let you go against other players also taking part in these tournaments, so you're not alone in your adventure.
If the game was selling for $40, I could see how people would say that Nintendo just cut some content and is trying to milk you for more money, but that doesn't seem to be the case. To be honest, this is the only real model for DLC that I find myself content with.
I actually wouldn't mind if more games adopted a similar approach. But hey, this is just what I think. What about anyone reading this? What's your take on Nintendo's Season Pass for Mario Golf?
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