Is Super Smash Bros. DLC Expensive?

One of the many things announced in the latest Nintendo Direct was the downloadable content (DLC) support for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Eight costumes for Mii fighters will be released next week and Mewtwo comes at the end of the month.

Each costume cost $0.75 per console and $1.15 for copies on both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game. All eight of them will cost $6 per console or $9.20 for both. Mewtwo will cost $3.99 and $4.99 for one and two consoles respectively. For everything, it will be $9.99 per console or $14.19 for both.

Maybe this doesn’t look expensive at first, but consider DLC for other Nintendo titles. The two DLC packs for Mario Kart were each $7.99 and $11.99 for one and two packs respectively. That included three characters, four vehicles and eight tracks.

That’s a lot more content than the Smash Bros. DLC for a similar price.

There are a couple reasons Smash Bros. DLC might be more expensive. First, making a character for a fighting game can take a lot of balancing work. Second, Mario Kart 8 had far fewer animations than Super Smash Bros.

Mewtwo will have a lot of animations (if they are not recycled from Super Smash Bros. Melee), but so does a character in Hyrule Warriors. The Hyrule Warriors DLC is also priced comparatively to Super Smash Bros., at $7.99 for an adventure map and three costumes, and $19.99 for the Hero of Hyrule Pack.

With that said, I think that the Super Smash Bros. DLC is quite expensive for Nintendo’s standards. Still, that doesn’t mean it is expensive for today’s standards. For example, a character in Injustice: Gods Among Us costs $4.99.

What do you think? Give us your opinions in the comments.

Eric Weichhart
When it comes to gaming, I don't choose a side nor the budget, but how much fun I will get from playing.