Friday, July 12, 2013

Nintendo is at it again...

For those who don't know yet, Nintendo has released an update to StreetPass Mii Plaza, the 3DS app for StreetPassing. StreetPassing is the term referred to when two or more 3DS's come within range of each other and exchange data to enhance gameplay. By default, StreetPass Mii Plaza includes two games for StreetPassing. However, Nintendo's adding four additional games. Good, right? Well, that depends if you have a good $15 on you. The four additional games are paid DLC. DLC stands for downloadable content. DLC tends to be paid for and Nintendo has been making a lot of it. It all started with New Super Mario Bros. 2 which allowed the player to buy additional level packs. In New Super Mario Bros. U, DLC became available for New Super Luigi U, which wasn't really just add-on content, but a game within itself. In fact, later this year, New Super Luigi U will become available in a packaged standalone version for those without New Super Mario Bros. U or without internet. Now, StreetPass Mii Plaza wants to sell you four games for $5 each. Or, you can buy a bundle of all four for $15. The four games are:

StreetPass Squad - space shooter

StreetPass Garden - flower game

StreetPass Battle - world domination

StreetPass Mansion - parody of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Smooth move, Nintendo!)

In addition to paying for them, the games are useless without StreetPasses. So, if you don't have any StreetPasses, you must spend your play coins on them. Play coins are the currency of the 3DS. They give you some advantage in games. In StreetPass Mii Plaza, it simulates a StreetPass by giving you a "fake" StreetPass. Instead of giving you a Mii, it gives you a dog or cat (depending which one you like better) that takes place of the Mii. Are you buying the DLC? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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