Nintendo Eyes 'Longer Gameplay' And 'More DLC' With Future Games

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Link rides atop a special bike available with purchase of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC. Nintendo

Recently, Nintendo hosted an earnings call that revealed several tidbits of info, including news that Mario Kart Tour will be the next mobile title from the company. A Mario Bros. movie from Nintendo and studio Illumination was also confirmed. Finally, various plans for the company’s future were also released. Nintendo is looking toward the future with an eye for additional DLC content for games as well as longer gameplay for, presumably, an improved player experience. 

Nintendo President and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima was on hand to discuss Nintendo’s decisions for the future, where he stated more explicitly, "To promote longer gameplay for individual software titles, we plan to implement even more downloadable content and events that build excitement for games.” This isn’t a totally different path than the company has taken recently, with DLC for games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Fire Emblem Warriors being the most recent games in memory to implement season pass content and further downloadable characters, missions, and more. All have been generally well-received by fans and critic, as Nintendo turns a somewhat thrifty eye to its DLC offerings. 

In terms of events that would help heighten excitement, Nintendo has been great about reviving things like the Nintendo World Championships, bringing the ‘90s into 2017 and further. During the event, which let players challenge each other in games like Mario Kart 7 and Luigi’s Mansion, attendees got to demo versions of Super Mario Odyssey in past events, as well as collect goodies and earn My Nintendo Points. These tournaments and similar meetups were a success among players, so of course, Nintendo wants to recapture that same kind of success with its new games down the line. 

It’s also a great idea to add more content into games that may otherwise feel a bit short. What's more, core Nintendo games could always use refreshes of what’s currently in the game several times over. Hopefully, Nintendo does the right thing and continues to provide additional content that makes sense in the context of the game without opting to implement loot boxes or other artificial means to lengthen its titles. If the plan is to continue on the current path for the time being, then Nintendo's going to be doing pretty well for itself in the future. 

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